The Icelandic gaming company Locatify has been awarded funding from the Nordic Game Program to the tune of half a million Danish crowns.
Locatify already provides its customers with some nifty stuff, like the SmartGuide app for iPhones. Currently, it is developing a smartphone game called Fjársjóðaleit (“treasure hunt”) and with this funding, a statement from the company says in part, they will be able to complete the game and release it on the market.
Part of the aim of the game is to use it as an educational tool in local schools, by teaching students how to utilise GPS technology available in many smartphones and similar devices. Fjársjóðaleit will be built on technology that Locatify already utilises.
The Nordic Game Program was created by cultural ministers of the five Nordic countries in 2005, in order to encourage the development of games in Scandinavia. To date, the program has awarded some 98 million Swedish crowns, with 6 million Danish awarded this year alone.
Iceland in particular has been a rising star in the gaming world, with the well-renowned Eve Online being probably the best example thereof. Scandinavia in general, though, has also produced its share of amazing games, among them my personal favorite, the Penumbra series, which originated in Sweden.
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