12 Mar Dutch game developers launch their own investment fund
More than 25+ successful Dutch game developers have launched a fund to finance games made in the Netherlands. The game developers behind Midgame Fund hope to help teams build successful games with funding, experience, and business connections. More successful games lead to more sustainable, independent, and diverse game studios in the Netherlands, and that is beneficial to the entire Dutch game industry.
Over the last 10 years, Dutch game developers have released incredibly successful games. However, with a lack of Dutch investments funds and government support, the funding for those games has come almost entirely from abroad. “I think that is a missed opportunity,” says game designer Adriaan de Jongh, organiser of Midgame Fund and developer of the successful game Hidden Folks. “An investor who’s overcome the challenges of making games in the same country as a developer could be invaluable to that developer. If Midgame Fund lowers the barriers for funding and connects developers with experienced Dutch mentors, then this will be an absolute win-win situation for the entire Dutch game industry.”
Among the investors behind Midgame Fund are Rami Ismail, international speaker and ambassador for diversity in the game industry, Derk de Geus, co-founder of Paladin Studios and chairman of the Dutch Games Association, and Herdjie Zhou, who’s studio Lucky Kat was visited by Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2018.
Dutch game developers can pitch their games to Midgame Fund today. The fund is open to receive pitches for funding in the €10k – €150k range. The fund’s website explains the terms and how developers can pitch.