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In this episode of Games from Your Countries, we journey East to an archipelago of over 7000 islands, Philippines. While the Philippines exports loads of electronics and fruits, they have also published multiple interesting games. Notable games from the Philippines would be the anti-platformer Kill The Plumber and potion shop management game Potion Punch.

Top 10 Games from Denmark
TrueLies by Rafael Production
Xander's Watch by Zedgames
Trance by Pantoy Games
BlamBox by Heavenward Games
Unruly Delivery Company by Kenn Ong
Garrison: Archangel by Project G:A
Immortal Tactics: War of the Eternals by Kenn Ong
Ash of Legends by Pcubed VR
Fallen Tear: The Ascension by Winter Crew
Goblin Stone by Orc Chop Games

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Two randomly selected games from the 2022 GDWC Competition will be put against each other on the Game Discovery Page. You can learn about both games by watching a trailer or reading the game page. Not only can you use the page to discover new indie games to test out, but you can also vote for which one is your favorite out of the two! The votings that happen on the game discovery page matter in the competition, so be careful picking your favorite.

You can find the Game Discovery Page Here!

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On this week's episode of Games from Your Countries, we journey to the home of LEGO, Denmark. Denmark is a small Nordic country that is not only famous for The Little Mermaid and plastic bricks, but also for many fantastic games. Some fan favorites from Denmark are: The stealth game series Hitman, The mobile hit game Subway Surfers, and the Hugo game series.

Top 10 Games from Denmark
Burning Daylight by Team Burning Daylight
Broken Lines by PortaPlay
PandaBall by GetAGame
THE DOOR by ARBlox
Elderfact by Zera
Endling by Team BeHuman
Figment 2: Creed Valley by Bedtime Digital Games
First Class Trouble by Invisible Walls
Athemore by Aces Games
Mutazione by Die Gute Fabrik

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Director Olli and Marketing Manager Teea from the GDWC team recently were on the "Real Professional" podcast hosted by Jans, Ted, and Abbey from DreadXP. The Real Professional podcast is a podcast where real professionals from the gaming industry come to have real conversations. They discuss the GDWC, who can enter, how voting works, angry contestants, etc. Besides the GDWC, they discuss various topics such as struggles with throwing controllers and TikTok/YouTube devlogs. There is even a long rant about respectfully giving and receiving criticism.

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The third episode of Games from Your Countries is here, and we take a trip all the way down south across Africa to South Africa. This beautiful country at the tip of Africa is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and they've developed a very diverse range of games. Some famous games from South Africa are Stasis, 7th Legion as well as the most popular game: Broforce.

Top 10 Games from South Africa
Fhtagn! - Tales of the Creeping Madness by Design Imps
Semblance by Nyamakop
Day and Knight by CP-Dimensions
Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 by Playful Pasta
Godsbane by Project Hyperdrive
Nine Noir Lives by Silvernode Studios
Project Nyx by Major7th Games
Sir War-A-Lot by Studio Cypix
The Spirit by Roberto Sartori
World Turtles by Re: cOg Mission

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On the second episode of Games from Your Countries, we visit the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. Anime, food, technology, landscapes, cars, there is almost a limitless amount of things Japan is famous for and games are definitely on that list. From Nintendo and Sega to From Software and Capcom, Japan has been putting out big hit games for over 50 years now. While big studios from Japan have seen massive popularity across the world, Indie developers have seen little love.

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On the first episode of Games from Your Countries, we visit the South-American country of Argentina. The home country of Tango and Lionel Messi is also home to many wonderful game developers. Argentina has produced such games as the MMO Argentum Online and the massively popular phone game series Trivia Crack.

Top 10 Games from Argentina
Deeply Dark by Dalesi
Goldernjar Fall by Ardeal Studio
Clones by Grup Studio
Super Cute Alient by SETENTIA
Teratopia by Ravegan
Noir Storm by Diskeletton Studios
Blue Fire by Robi Studios
Juanito Arcade Mayhem by Game Ever
I See Red by Whiteboard Games
Esse Proxy by From South Games

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In this episode of Games from Your Countries, we visit the sunny Mediterranean country of Greece. The 13th most populous country in Europe is popular with tourists, but some gamers have found to love games from there too. Such games would be the MMORPG series Darkfall and the FMV game series Conspiracies.

Top 10 Games from Greece
Disconnected by Giorgos Kletsas
Morgue Agony by Giorgos Kletsas
Netherspace by Konstantinos Katsoris
The Twins' Experiment by Haris Periorellis
Dare Enter My Dungeon by DEMBERG
Watch Over Christmas by Dionous Games
Aurora: The Lost Medallion by Noema Games
Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of Mysteries by Pixel Reign
THE SHORE by Dragonis Games
Apotheorasis • Lab of the Blind Gods by Tall Guy Productions

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The top 10 games of May have been revealed!

Before we showcase the top games, let's go briefly over how the Monthly Ranking works. The top 10 is formed based on the engagement on the game page, as well as votes on the Game Discovery Page. The highest-ranked game of each month is guaranteed a spot in the Fan Choice voting and on the Jury Choice shortlist of any category it's participating in. For further information check out the blog post here.

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Your game is in the competition, what now?
All games automatically participate in the public ranking. It is formed from two factors: Engagement on the game page such as game page views, likes, and shares, as well as votes on the Game Discovery page. Each month the Top 10 games will be revealed.

The highest-ranked game of each month will be guaranteed a spot in the Fan Choice voting and on the Jury Choice shortlist of any category it's participating in. The rankings are reset each month so it is never too late to participate!

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Every Wednesday a well-received series of Top 10 Games are uploaded to the GDWC's YouTube channel. In the series, Community Manager David goes through the best games per country. All of them have participated in the GDWC in previous years. 

Last week's games were showcased from Brazil, the fifth-biggest country in the world with tons of amazing games. Let the video speak for itself. You can comment on the video about which country you want to see next!

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Thomas, a stay-at-home dad, is making a mobile game based on the drawings of his kid, who is on the autism spectrum. It's an infinite runner designed for a younger audience with the goal of teaching spelling while having fun.

In 'Go, Booper, GO!' the player will dodge and jump obstacles to build preset words before time runs out. A second play mode allows players to pick up letters and spell words for points. Thomas tells his kids' drawings seemed to be a natural for making game characters with. And they had filled stacks of sketchbooks with them.

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Apotheorasis is a first-person shooter audio-only game; the first of its kind as far as the developer team, Tall Guy Productions knows. While they definitely leveraged the existing "language" of both genres (FPS, audio game), innovation was mandatory to navigate these uncharted waters.

Shooting in an audio-only game in a way that feels both fair and realistic at the same time was a big design challenge. There is a form of aim assist which factors in distance, angle, wanted section difficulty, player speed, and rate of fire to create forgiving yet challenging gameplay, ironed out towards perfection through countless iterations.

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Games Job Fair of Spring 2022 is a fully online event dedicated to recruitment, career-building, & networking in the games industry.

- Connect with #gamedev studios
- Talks by industry heavyweights
- Networking between studios, peers, speakers
- Talent career Level-Up with expert advice
- New insights into the games industry

Between April 27-29 the fair connects Industry Speakers & 1000+ Talents from around the world. The organizer, Games Factory Talents aims at getting the right people to the right jobs by giving talents the chance to get hired by a studio, receive advice to boost their careers & take part in fun activities hosted in a friendly, diverse environment.

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Welcome back for the third and final day of GDWC 2021 Awards game developers, students, and gamers!

We start this day on 6pm GMT+2 and our main programme is:

At 6:20 PM GMT+2 we will reveal the Winner of the Fan Favorite category! It is time to show you, what game you've chosen the most on the Votes!

After the Fan Favorite, GDWC will open our history from year to year - to see how far we have come. Our progress from year to year was not possible without you, our viewers and partivipants. The event will take place at 6:30 PM GMT+2.

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Welcome back game developers, students, and gamers to GDWC 2021 Awards!

Today is the second day of the GDWC 2021 Awards! We start this day on 12pm GMT+2 as usual, and our main programme is:

At 12:05 PM GMT+2 we will hold Student Game Award Nominee Showcases, presenting the games produced by various university and not only students!

After the Student Award Nominees, Hobby Nominee Showcases will take place. Hobby games are non-commercial projects, and are usually passion projects. They begin at 2:15 PM GMT+2.

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Welcome game developers, students, and gamers to GDWC 2021 Awards!

Today is the first day of the GDWC 2021 Awards! We start this day on 12pm GMT+2 with the opening, and then our main programme for the day!

At 12:05 PM GMT+2 we will hold Fan Favorite Nominee Showcases, presenting the Indie Titles chosen by our fans for the nomination.

After the Fan Favorite Nominees, the Game Factory Talents' Reqruitment booth will be open, where they tell you more about the Games Jobs Fair and them. They perform at 2 PM GMT+2.

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Finnruns is promoting Speedrunning hobby and orginizing Speedrunning events to the people around Finland. If you want to learn more about the speedrunning techniques in different games, you have come to the right place!

First, what is Speedrunning? Some people might stumble acrosss this term and do not understand what it means. Basically, speedrunning is running through the game as fast as possible with different Categories, for example Glitchless and Any%. In different categories you are either allowed or not to use glitches to make your run even faster.

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Games Factory Talents is a Helsinki-based Talent Attraction Agency dedicated to the Games & Creative Industry. They encourage resourceful sourcing techniques so that the clients may employ people from all around the world. Based on the studio's needs, the team of qualified specialists searches for and assists in the employment of suitable team members.

What is Games Jobs Fair? Games Jobs Fair is an Online event dedicated to Recruitment and Career-building in the Games Undustry. Its goal is empowering participants to be part of a bigger community and motivating them to explore new paths in achieving their career goals. Organizing Virtual Job Fairs, where they remove the barrier of distance and link Finnish Studios with Worldwide Talent, is one of their services.

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The Game Development World Championship (GDWC) is shocked and appalled by the actions of the Russian government in Ukraine.

The values of community and co-operation have always been at the heart of the GDWC. In accordance with these values and together with the global community, the GDWC condemns this attack and extends its support to Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and the developers and studios affected by this savage and inhumane attack.

Standing together in support of those impacted by this attack is crucial. The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has collected a great and updating list of resources and ways to support Ukraine. Find it here.

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BusinessOulu invites people from around the world to Game Team Seminar on the GDWC 2021 Awards, everyone is welcome to join! Their goal is to build a network of people interested in games and the Gaming Industry and get to know the field from a Business Perspective.

You can join either as an individual, in which case they will help you find a team, or as an existing team. Participation is free of charge. Don't worry, nobody will be single, you will find yourself a friend. ;)

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Fan Favorite Winner is Majorariatto with pureya. Majorariatto is an indie game studio from Spain which makes games focused on interactive narratives. Congratulations!

Pureya is a collection of arcade minigames that play with just 2 buttons and switch randomly from one to the next every 10 seconds. Avoid obstacles and collect as many marbles as you can then use them in the pachinko machine to unlock new minigames, music, and skins.

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Who is the Fans' Favorite of them all? Gamers have been voting for their favorite games through GDWC 2021 in the Fan Favorite Category weekly votes, and a total of 41 games have been nominated.

Now, they face off in the Final Fan Favorite vote for the win. The Vote is already open, starting on January 17 and lasting till January 31. Vote for you favorite from GDWC website!



OONA, THE DRUID´S PATH by Astro Pup Games
BEYOND MANKIND: THE AWAKENING by Brytenwalda Studios
SWORD OF THE NECROMANCER by Grimorio of Games
BLUE FIRE by Robi Studios

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Majorariatto, a team from Spain wins Fan Favorite Vote 41 with pureya, a collection of 30+ minigames.

"pureya is a collection of arcade minigames that play with just 2 buttons and switch randomly from one to the next every 10 seconds. Avoid obstacles and collect as many marbles as you can, then use them in the pachinko machine to unlock new minigames, music and skins."



In second place is Aveliana by TheFrenchDev (France)

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Today we are joined by JJ Shaw to discuss his win at the GDWC Mascot Design Competition, and the winning design titled Jooy. The Mascot Design Competition goal was to find GDWC a mascot that's friendly and funny and represents the fun and creativity of gaming and game development.

According to JJ, his creation, Jooy, was "inspired by the shape of the joystick of the game, and a cool head is designed according to the shape of the joystick." He also used the human figure for expressing competitiveness and the simple blue lines to represent technology.

Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?
"My name is JJ Shaw, and I am 24 years old. I am a designer/artist. I'm from Johor in Malaysia."

How long have you been an artist?
"I have been an artist for 3 years."

Was it always your dream to do art professionally?
"My dream was always to become a game concept artist. After I graduate, I will continue to stick to my passion as a graphic designer."

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ASTREIA'S GIFT by ASTREIA'S GIFT, a 14-member student team from France is the winner of the Fan Favorite Vote 40. Congrats!

"The people of the lunar planet have disappeared! Embody Astreia, a being of light from the solar planet, and try to find them. By opening portals between these two worlds, explore the abandoned living city, but be aware, it will not let you pass so easily..."

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Orc Chop Games, a studio from Philippines wins Fan Favorite Vote 39 with Goblin Stone. Congratulations!

"Goblin Stone is a turn-based RPG told from a goblin's perspective. Adventurers have pushed goblins and orcs to near extinction: it's now time to fight back. Gather a ragtag group of goblins and journey through an epic procedurally generated world, as you change their fate in this narrated adventure."

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GDWC 2021 Mascot Design Competition winner is JJ Shaw with lovely cat controller JOOY. Congratulations!



"The mascot is inspired by the shape of the joystick of the game, and a cool head is designed according to the shape of the joystick. Use human figures to express competition and simple lines with blue borders to present a sense of technology."


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