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Nordic Game applications break record again

Projects submitted rises to 86, although organisation is concerned at resource cut

The Nordic Game Program has announced the total number of projects submitted for funding in the first round of 2009 totalled 86, breaking the record again.

However, the Program's manager, Erik Robertson, has revealed that the organisation's resources have been cut, with demand far outstripping the available levels of funding.

"General interest in the support program and the quality of the submitted applications has yet again exceeded our wildest expectations," he said. "We are of course very happy with this, but there are also reasons for concern.

"The total amount of funding applied for is 14 times higher than the resources available for allocation, and the number of applications is more than four times larger than what the program was designed to handle.

"We have rationalised the process so we can handle the application flow, but at the same time our available resources have been reduced. This has led the Nordic games community to ask if it's reasonable to cut so deeply into what is commonly agreed to be one of the most important future industries in the Nordic region, and we don't know what to tell them."

A panel of experts will now evaluate the projects and award DKK 3 million (USD 534,000) in total, with details on winning submissions being announced at this year's Nordic Game event in Malmo on May 19-20.

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