We’re thrilled to announce a special qualification round of the Nordic Game Discovery Contest Season VI, giving Baltic-based developers a unique chance for a seat in the NGDC Grand Finals.
All studios attending the upcoming Game Wave Festival in Tallinn (www.gamewave.eu) can submit their game to the NGDC when they register for the festival. A board of experts will then select the game which deserves the most to be discovered, and it will get status as NGDC Grand Finalist and be among the studios battling for the three seats at the live and hybrid NGDC Final 3 on 28 November.
“We’re very excited to announce this special qualifier”, says NGDC host and Nordic Game Program Director Jacob Riis. “The Baltic region has a great amount of talented developers, and it will be very exciting to see who will be selected as the finalist for the NGDC Grand Finals.”
“We are very happy to welcome NGDC to our event and to have such an important game-related event in the Baltics region. It will draw top game studio attention to our region and inspire new studio development and capacity building of experienced ones.” adds Ints Viksna, head of the Game Wave Festival.
The selected game will win a seat in the NGDC Grand Finals throughout November, as well as prizes from Tencent Games, Nordic Game, and PR specialists Games Branding.
Are you developing or have you already developed a game that deserves more attention than it’s received so far? And are you attending the Game Wave Festival? If so, submit your game and prepare to participate in the special qualifying round of NGDC Season VI – and maybe go all the way to the Grand Final 3 Final on 28 November.
Here’s the submission form for the NGDC Season VI qualifier: https://forms.gle/bjpURRjV8pMgVAsk7. The deadline is 14 October 2022
NGDC Season VI is sponsored by Tencent Games, and Nordic Game Ventures, in partnership with Games Branding.
Olympic Casino Faces Another Fine in Lithuania
The Lithuania Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued another fine to UAB Olympic Casino Group Baltija following a further breach of advertising laws in the country.
The Authority fined Olympic Casino €25,000 after it found the operator featured information on its website about how customers could watch live sports events on Setanta Sports, but also encouraged users to bet on sports.
The text in question set out how customers would watch live coverage of events such as the Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A football leagues, as well as WTA tennis and Nascar motor-racing in the US.
While the promotion stated that coverage of events would be free, it also included text in relation to how customers could make deposits and withdrawals to and from their account on Olympic Casino. The advert included phrases such as “Be part of the game”.
Assessing the case, the Authority ruled the promotion was in breach of article 10, paragraph 19 of the Law on Gambling of the Republic of Lithuania, which relates to encouraging people to participate in gambling.
The Authority said the information about the possibility to watch events for free was not considered a gift, but information with which the operator sought to draw attention to its services, as well as to persuade and encourage people to participate in gambling.
However, the Authority also noted that the decision was not final and could be subject to an appeal by Olympic Casino.
Game Wave Festival announces the full list of speakers and agenda!
Less than two weeks left until the highly awaited gaming industry event in the Baltics – Game Wave Festival (GWF). The full agenda with the speakers has been released and everybody is invited to use promo code GWFRIEND to register for the event with a discount of 20%. GWF will take place on November 28-29, in Tallinn, Estonia at Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel.
The two-day conference will provide an intersection of business, education and entertainment for anyone who is or wants to be involved in the gaming industry. Game Wave Festival will create an environment full of opportunities for networking and making close connections. The event will host 36+ speakers from different fields and backgrounds who are happy to connect and share their expertise within the gaming field.
Game Wave Festival Speakers
Over the last 6 years, Julia Iljuk she has been helping game developers to find optimal solutions to their analytics problems. She is the host of an online course “Game analytics: From basic to advanced strategies” and webinars held on the devtodev education platform. Join her speech about Grow your Games with Data: How to Choose and Integrate Product Analytics.
Sercan (Sarge) Altundaş is a multi-disciplinary software engineer with a game and web development background. He is the developer of Ready Player Me, the leading cross-platform avatar system for the metaverse. He is currently SDK and Integrations Team Leader and has been helping the top technology companies integrate avatars into their applications. Sercan (Sarge) Altundaş will deliver an amazing talk on Taking Advantage of Machine Learning in Game Prototyping.
Elizaveta Petruchuk Seepia Playables is very active person. She holds several positions: CEO of Seepia Playables, FGJ Board Member, IGDA Volunteer, Art/Handcraft/Chess teacher or animator for kids, or just an ambitious unicorn. She will tell you her journey of From Outcast to CEO.
Mohammad Ali Sharpasand is a Data Scientist interested in the fields of Game Development, Bayesian Estimation, and People. He has a strong passion for helping others through their professional development. He will talk about Creating Games for Yourself or your Audience?
inesha Gandhi has more than 10 years of management experience in the gaming industry. She has worked on several AAA games. Making games is her passion and profession. She loves helping and solving problems of her team. Being part of the game dev. industry is a dream come true for her. She will share her knowledge on the Role of a Producer in Game Development.
Wazdan expands Latvia presence with FeniBet agreement
Wazdan, the innovative games provider, has strengthened its foothold in Europe by securing a deal with the modern Latvian operator, FeniBet.
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FeniBet operates in Latvia as an online sportsbook and casino, offering a wide range of popular slots, Live Casino products, and secure sports betting markets to guarantee a memorable gaming experience for all of its customers.
The deal serves as further evidence of Wazdan’s commitment to Europe’s iGaming landscape as the supplier reinforces its presence in Latvia, following recent deals with the likes of Play North, Sesame, and Star Casino.
Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “We’re thrilled to have established a partnership with FeniBet in a market as exciting and full of promise as Latvia.
“The deal allows us to maintain our impressive growth trajectory and continue expanding our global presence, while providing the operator with some of our most exhilarating slot products.”
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“Wazdan’s products are known for their engagement-boosting features and imaginative themes, and we expect the initial crop of games to go down well with our players.”
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