This year Norway had a record number of companies at GDC in San Francisco. In advance of the conference GameDev Norway organized an evening of introducing Norwegian game developers. The event took place at the Consul General’s beautiful residence in Pacific Heights. Consul General Hilde Skorpen opened our event, and after an introduction to GameDev Norway by Linn Søvig, we had presentations from eight Norwegian game companies who showed off their fantastic work.
We had a fantastic turnout; the residence was filled with about sixty game developers and guests. The companies presenting were met with great enthusiasm and applause. It was especially encouraging for many of us that the game-veterans Brenda and John Romero came to meet the Norwegian developers. They were greatly impressed with the quality of games that the developers presented and they felt that the game quality in Norway is much higher than we might have thought.
In the end, we can conclude that GDC was very successful for the Norwegian developers. Previously D-Pad Studios and SnowCastle won GDC’s “Best in Play awards” and additionally Sarepta Studios and Rock Pocket Games received “Honorable Mentions”. At the conference itself the Norwegian Film and TV Producer’s Association arranged a collection of stands for twelve Norwegian companies at GDC Play. We must also praise Sarepta Studios who won this year’s “Most Promising IP” at the Game Connection Awards which took place in San Francisco during GDC.