NORDIC GAMES ARE LEADING THE WAY
The Nordic countries are recognised world leaders in games, with the world's highest per-capita employment of game developers. This is now one of our region's biggest export success stories, ever.
Nordic Game Ventures supports, sustains and shares in this unique source of innovation and wealth creation, now and in the future.
A TRIED-AND-TESTED MACHINE
The Nordic Game Ventures track record, brand and built-up trust practically guarantees us total, welcome and first-stop access to new talent, teams and product.
Our portfolio is diversified and balanced, from startups to follow-on, internally supportive across subsectors, with a disciplined, no-leverage approach to fund composition and risk management.
Our network is engaged from sourcing and selection through media and market exposure to traction and growth, nurturing our portfolio companies for trade sales to strategic partners, or all the way to IPO.
We deliver superior returns and results by being offered the best deals by the world leaders of our rapid-growth strategic and impactful industry because of the unique strengths of brand, experience and expertise in our network.
Our tight focus ensures efficiency, top selection and long-term expert support for consistent non-cyclical growth in a balanced complementary portfolio with systematic downside risk handling, and sustainable positive impact on global markets and values.
We are building a well-diversified portfolio across the Nordics and the ecosystem sectors; maintaining a highly disciplined approach to portfolio and risk management.
We build value by creating well-functioning, rapidly growing but sustainable operations, aiming for consistent 3x - 5x supported by strategic partnerships, rather than driving up prices for unicorn candidates.
OUR PORTFOLIO COMPANIES
Akribian AB, Lund, Sweden, founded 2017
Akribian's short-term goal is to help children succeed in math so that they can live better lives.
Using scientifically proven methods, cognitive behavioural therapy, modern proprietary technology and game design, Akribian provides an effective and fun learning experience for children around the world.
Localize Direct AB, Helsingborg, Sweden, founded 2009
LocalizeDirect helps game developers increase their revenue and take their products global by providing the best localization tools and services.
Founded by ex-game developers, today over 500 big game brands are customers. LocalizeDirect is a localization content and data management technology world leader, now introducing the Gridly headless CMS for games and other media.
Quicksave Interactive Ltd., Helsinki, Finland, founded 2015
This true veteran team with wide experience, from console to mobile, has come together to focus on the rapidly growing chat games.
Quicksave's own HTML5 and TypeScript tech enables fast iterations and rapid scaling from today's seven Facebook games onto all the leading global messaging platforms.
Rehaboo Oy, Helsinki, Finland, founded 2016
Rehaboo makes activation fun, empowering and measurable in both preventative physical and cognitive activation and physical rehabilitation.
Rehaboo's proprietary cloud-based AI motion sensing works requires no wearables but works with any camera.
StageZero Oy, Helsinki, Finland, founded 2016
StageZero accelerates the AI revolution through a ground-breaking, crowd sourced model for AI data labeling.
StageZero's technology, in part patent pending, interfaces with games and apps to provide a new form of monetization for developers and publishers.
Supremacy Games Oy, Helsinki, Finland, founded 2020
Supremacy makes innovative hybrid F2P mobile games based on IPs and brands for carefully selected target groups.
This very experienced team is now rapidly bringing new games to market, several in co-operation with leading partners in other fields of media.
Wanderword i Sverige AB, Boden, Sverige, founded 2019
Wanderword develops and publishes interactive audio entertainment for the global mobile and smart speaker market.
The hardware is in place, consumers know what to do, but meaningful, quality content is lacking. Founded by games industry veterans, Wanderword has a platform for content creation, with patented methods, systems and media for presenting interactive audio, that will make this happen by enabling the market to grow.
OUR FOUNDERS AND TEAM
We combine 50 years of games industry experience and organisation with raising over 20 MEUR for the whole industry and for 150+ selected individual companies, as well as VC and angel investing in over 20 Nordic game companies to date. We are well known.
Timo Ylikangas, General Partner
OUR EXPERT ADVISORS
25 years working in and with games and other start-ups as an advisor, investor and entrepreneur with two exits. Facilitated 10 million EUR direct investment and over 10 million EUR project funding for 30 Nordic game companies, just in the last three years.
Timo is a founder and board member of Neogames, the Finnish games industry organisation and the trailblazers for the industry and start-up ecosystem. He has also been a true pioneer in games education and the first-ever full-time game business teacher in the Nordics.
Erik Robertson, Managing Partner
Over 40 years of entrepreneurship with two exits, in the games industry since 1993, with over 10 years of angel, venture capital LP and co-investment experience.
Erik is one of the very top games industry organisers in Europe, having created the 12 million EUR Nordic Game Program for the Nordic Council of Ministers that invested in over 120 game companies in the region, founded and financed the Swedish (Spelplan-ASGD) and European (EGDF) games industry trade organisations, and founded, led and still owns the largest European games developer conference (Nordic Game).
A close advisory group of 20+ successful games industry veterans, entrepreneurs, fund managers and analysts, from all five countries, committed to supporting and joining the Nordic Game Ventures founders and core team as fund volume requires and allows.
ESG AND IMPACT
Our primary ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors are the following.
Energy is an issue in games, from battery life in handhelds to
costs at datacenters, driving awareness and conservation.
Work and workplace issues are being debated today, and we expect our portfolio companies to lead. Diversity and gender balance will ultimately lead to better, more popular products. The companies must have a responsible approach to the appropriateness of product content, and for sensible use, for their target customer groups.
Nordic Game Ventures will strive to set an example, and require adherence to highest standards, in general conduct and reporting.
We are subjects of Financial Supervisory Authority oversight in Finland and Sweden, and full code compliant members of Pääomasijoittajat (Finnish Venture Capital Association) and SVCA (Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association).
Portfolio compliance will be supported by a combination of best practice dissemination and check-list self-evaluation material.
NGV funds should not be evaluated primarily as Impact investment vehicles. However, the impact of games, and of the games medium on other fields, can possibly not be overstated. We certainly aim to foster a culture of responsibility for the games medium and its development through our investments and in our portfolio companies, while our funds are first and foremost focused on company and industry growth and profitability.
CONTACT US TODAY
As an investor interested in the Nordic games industry or as a Nordic game company seeking funding, we want to hear from you, and we will get back to you immediately.
Contact us at invest at nordicgame dot-vc for information on how to invest with us, and at pitch at nordicgame dot-vc if you are seeking equity investments for your company.