Control Conference is back under a new name: Dutch Game Day powered by Control! It will be held on October 6 at Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld & Geluid in Hilversum, and will be part of Dutch Media Week.

Dutch Game Day powered by Control is a conference with two tracks of national and international speakers. They will share the ins and outs of the developments of their games, or share more personal stories. The first speakers are already confirmed, but we’ll keep their names a secret for a little longer.

Collaboration

The Dutch Game Day is a collaboration between Dutch Media Week, Dutch Games Association and Control. Control is responsible for the conference program. Dutch Media Week will take care of integrating the day into their program, and will also arrange the practical matters and connections with the broader media landscape. The Dutch Games Association will manage the whole day and is also organizing the Dutch Game Awards.

Call for Speakers & Sponsors

Do you have a good idea for a talk? Please send in your proposal via this form. At this moment Control only accepts proposals for presentations, not panels or roundtables. You can send in your proposal until June 15th.

Are you interested in a spot on the expo, or in sponsoring the event, then please send us an email here.

Tickets

Tickets are now available for the early bird price via Eventbrite. Get your tickets here! Combi tickets with the Dutch Game Awards are also available.

Get your Dutch Game Day Tickets here (including COMBI tickets)

Get your Dutch Game Awards tickets here

Gamescom is back! The 2022 edition will host a live trade show in the Koelnmesse, Cologne from August 24th to 26th. Once again this promises to be Europe’s biggest trade show for the game industry. The Dutch Games Association is putting together a Holland Pavilion after previous successful editions.

If you are interested in participating at the Holland Pavilion you can find more information and register your interest here.

Please register before May 20th. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible to finalise the details.

Any questions, feel free to reach out to martine@dutchgamesassociation.nl or fedor@dutchgamesassociation.nl.

We are very happy to announce the Dutch Game Awards 2022! The Dutch Game Awards 2022 will take place on October 6th at Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum during Dutch Media Week, and will feature an evening filled with networking opportunities. The entire ceremony will be live-streamed as well. This 2022 edition has a total of 9 regular awards + 4 special awards (by nomination only). Nominees and winners will be chosen by a dedicated jury of experts from the game industry.

Award submissions will open on May 2nd! Get ready, and please read the rules and criteria before applying.

Find all the info on www.dutchgameawards.nl.

We are happy to announce our DGA Roundtable on topic Game Education & Research on May 25th, 16.00 – 19.00. It will be a live edition, at Universiteit Utrecht (Marinus Rupert building, Red Room, 21 Leuvenlaan, 3584 CE Utrecht).

The DGA Roundtable (formerly known as ‘Industrieoverleg’) is an informal meeting for all Dutch game developers, that aims to discuss the most relevant topics for the Dutch game industry.

The conversation on education & game studios will be kick started by Christel van Grinsven who will present a first insight in the new Games Monitor 2022. One of the topics of the Games Monitor is as always the connection to the professional field of education and vice versa.

There will be two discussion rounds on improving the connection between Research & Education and the professional field.

16.00 Roundtable – Education & Game studios
16.50 Break
17.00 Panel – Game studios & Research
18.00 Networking & Drinks

Everyone who wants to contribute to the subject in a positive way is welcome to join the conversation.

Please join us! Get your (free) ticket here.

Note: everyone from the Dutch game industry can register. You don’t have to be a DGA member.

The Dutch Games Association is looking back on a very successful GDC! In cooperation with the Economic Affairs and Innovation Attaché Network at the Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco we organised a Business Breakfast with a panel presentation about “the Metaverse”.

A big thanks to the speakers Jenna Seiden (Niantic Labs & LUMO Labs), Chris Bennett (Stanford Peace Innovation Lab), Tommy Krul (Super Evil Megacorp) and Barry Hoffman (ZeroLight) for sharing their insights!

Dutch Lounge

But that’s not all. In cooperation with MeettoMatch we hosted the Dutch Lounge to provide a quiet meeting space just 1 block away from the hustle&bustle from the Conference Center. Multiple Dutch game companies participated to make the Dutch Lounge a success.

To kick things off the Dutch Drinks on Tuesday night were well attended. Needless to say, all participants were excited to be back and network at a live event!

The Dutch Lounge will return at GDC 2023.

The Games Monitor is the research report that looks into the trends and developments for applied and entertainment games in the Netherlands. It aims to obtain insight into the economic development of the Dutch game industry.

In 2022, Dutch Game Garden, Dutch Games Association, and Video Game Federation Netherlands will provide the fourth edition of the Games Monitor. Recently, the survey was sent to Dutch game developers. We highly encourage you to fill in the survey. Please do so before March 31st. The results will be presented later this year. You can check out dutchgamegarden.nl/games-monitor/ for the previous editions.

If you have not yet received the survey but would like to participate, please contact
info+gamesmonitor@dutchgamegarden.nl and the link will be sent to you.

Thanks!

Are you going to GDC next week? Be sure to check out the following events that are organized by people from the Dutch game industry:

European Game Showcase

The European Game Showcase at GDC is a pro-bono event where 30+ European developers showcase their newest games to the press, publishers, and strategic partners. It’s an invite-only event aimed to help developers and their showcased projects in taking the next steps towards success. One of the organizers is Alessandra van Otterlo.

Find all the info here

CourageXL

CourageXL is a meetup with GDC & GameConnection visitors on March 20, the day before the conferences start! It is organized by Menno Deen and Sabina Zavala. What to expect:

  • 30 (indie) game developers to showcase their latest game.
  • Play a game and get a drink.
  • Meet 500+ game industry professionals.

Click here for more info and registration

Games4Diversity Dinner

Join the annual BYO Games [Diversity] Dinner on March 23! Every year we gather at District Six (formerly known as Soma Streat Food Park) to meet game professionals that wish to contribute to improved diversity&inclusion in the game industry. Feel free to join in! Everyone’s welcome! District Six is conveniently located close to the DNA Lounge, where GGP normally organises the Gay Game Professionals Party. This event is organized by Menno Deen and Sabina Zavala.

Click here for more info and registration

MeetToMatch

Join the best matchmaking service in the games industry, during the largest trade show of North America! MeetToMatch – The San Francisco Edition is your most relevant platform for business in the games industry during GDC since 2017. Trusted by hundreds of publishers, investors, governments and developers, our platform enables you to get in contact with the right people from game companies around the world.

Click here for more info and registration

Dutch Lounge

The Dutch Games Association, together with MeetToMatch, proudly presents the opportunity to join a Dutch delegation to San Francisco and access to MeetToMatch – The San Francisco Edition 2022. They have announced the Dutch Lounge: a private meeting area for the Dutch Games Industry during GDC 2022, just one block away from Moscone Center. Activities include a business breakfast at the Dutch Consulate on March 22 and Dutch Drinks @ Dutch Lounge, in the evening of March 22.

Click here for more info

Dutch Business Breakfast @ Consulate

The Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco organizes an intimate business breakfast on the occasion of GDC, and a Dutch delegation visiting the conference under the umbrella of the Dutch Games Association. By joining this breakfast network meeting you will be able to not only expand your network, but gain insights into current industry trends. There will be a panel of experts who will address “The M-word: How the Metaverse is Pushing the Boundaries of the International Gaming Industry”.

Click here for more info and registration

Dutch Drinks @ Dutch Lounge

Meet Dutch delegation members, international publishers and investors and other valuable partners during the opening of the Dutch Lounge at 643 Mission Street, the day before the expo starts! Drinks and snacks are provided. To make sure they do not overcrowd, you have to apply for this event and are not automatically admitted

Click here for more info and registration

Are you a gamemaker or game studio looking for a new project idea or international partner? SpielFabrique is organizing the European Games Coproduction Market. The EGCM is a 6 months yearly program (June – November) that aims to promote coproduction projects between European indie game studios. Please apply before April 4th to join the program! Find all the info here: https://spielfabrique.eu/european-games-coproduction-market/

On March 30th there will be a webinar organized by Spielfabrique that is specifically aimed towards Dutch studios and game makers who are interested in joining the program. Register by March 29th via Sean Gilis: s.gilis@stimuleringsfonds.nl or directly via https://www.eventbrite.de/e/european-games-co-production-market-presentation-ama-webinar-tickets-294544429317

INDIGO is the leading game business and showcase event in the Netherlands, organized annually by Dutch Game Garden. This year INDIGO welcomes you to both an on-site and online program. Join the on-site conference with MeetToMatch square in Utrecht (NL), or tune in from a distance for online matchmaking and the Discover Showcase stream.

On June 17th, hundreds of game industry professionals, investors, publishers and service providers from the Netherlands and beyond will gather at INDIGO. The event is divided into three tracks: an on-site conference, b2b matchmaking in collaboration with MeetToMatch, and an online games showcase.

On-site conference with MeetToMatch square

The INDIGO Talks Conference will be hosted at the Dotslash Campus in Utrecht this year and is divided into two tracks on game development and business. Industry experts will take the stage for interviews, lectures and panels on everything game development. At the on-site event space, a MeetToMatch square for in-person matchmaking will be available.

Time: 10:00 – 18:00 CEST.

Virtual MeetToMatch

INDIGO and MeetToMatch have partnered to provide you with a matchmaking tool that will help get you connected to publishers, service providers, and other game companies. The platform allows you to check and filter on whether people are on-site versus virtually attending, enabling you to make the most out of your presence as possible.

Time: 09:00 – 21:00 CEST.

Online Discover Showcase

Discover 25 new game creations from the Netherlands and Belgium. The games will be played by streamers who are with us live in the INDIGO studio. Deveopers are invited on the stream to talk about their game and streamers will answer questions from the audience. 

Time: 09:00 – 18:00 CEST. 

Check out indigoshowcase.nl for more info or get your ticket now!