Dutch Games Association (DGA) will be hosting the twelfth Country Pavilion during gamescom 2021. They’re bringing a fantastic selection of Dutch developers with them, all looking to make new connections! Read on to find out who you want to meet and why, at the Holland Pavilion!

Join the conversation at the Holland Pavilion!

There are more than 25 studios attending gamescom under the banner of the DGA! Dutch developers are keen to make connections with the local and international communities. Indeed, for many developers it might be the main attraction – if you’re looking to connect with developers you’ll find fertile ground at the Holland Pavilion!

Eric Diepeveen, Steam Data Suite COO, points out how many networking opportunities gamescom offers: “No other event provides the opportunities that gamescom provides for a start-up like Steam Data Suite. ‘Ridiculously efficient’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of gamescom.”

That point is echoed by the creator of The Falconeer, Tomas Sala. As a busy indie dev you need to be able to focus your networking and business-to-business contacts without wasting any time, and gamescom is ideal for that. Sala says: “Being able to pitch the Falconeer straight to publishers and platform holders has been instrumental in making it both a reality and a sustainable success. Being a solo developer means that I cannot afford to rely on casual networking or continuous business development, I am dependent on focused events such as MeetToMatch to make vital connections on which the development and release of my games depend.”

Note the mention of MeetToMatch, which is another gamescom attendee enjoying support from the DGA! For them gamescom is a chance to demonstrate the value of their service and help other developers make vital contacts to help them grow. MeetToMatch helps people arrange their meetings and events, and will feature a Dutch Showcase on their platform during gamescom! As Adriaan de Jongh (co-creator of Hidden Folks) says: “gamescom is the main business event for game developers in Europe. I expect to have a busy week meeting with press, publishers, platform contacts, and players. Not often do all the big players come together; gamescom is certainly one of those few opportunities”.

Opportunities in the Dutch Games Industry

There’s a wealth of talent available in the Netherlands, fantastic projects looking for publishers, and investment opportunities are plentiful. The Dutch industry has even been starting its own initiatives to tap into the unused potential.

The Netherlands is an ideal location for game development, be it small indie studios or major AAA companies. With an exceptionally educated and motivated workforce, high living standards, and modern infrastructure, it’s a fantastic place to work. What’s more, the country occupies a prime position at the crossroads of Western Europe and Scandinavia. You can draw on game development talent from all over, and the priority given to gamescom by Dutch developers is a clear sign of the importance they attach to international connections.

There are challenges to overcome however- starting with the next generation of developers. Game dev students should be given entrepreneurial tools that will serve them well should they start a company of their own. Also, right now there’s an unfortunate lack of suitable investment vehicles, and funding opportunities apart from some trusty Dutch subsidies such as the WBSO, RVO and Stimuleringsfonds. Meaning there is a huge untapped potential ready to be unleashed, for which the Dutch industry has recently started to take action themselves.

One of these examples is The Midgame Fund, founded by Adriaan de Jongh, made headlines in March this year as more than 25 Dutch game professionals announced their plans to offer funding, advice and mentorship as a way of giving back to the Dutch games industry. One of the financiers is Rami Ismail, co-founder of legendary indie studio Vlambeer (Luftrausers, Nuclear Throne, and more).

The Breda Games City foundation is a new home-grown Dutch initiative to foster new studios. Founded in 2020 to encourage and highlight young game development talent in the Breda region of the Netherlands, their efforts are already bearing fruit with bold new studios setting up in the area.

Big international companies are already interested in what the Netherlands has to offer! Just recently, Rotterdam VR studio Vertigo Games was purchased by Koch Media for 50 million Euros. Koch Media later went on to purchase a second Dutch VR studio – Force Field VR – and merged them into Vertigo Games.

This summer, Sony acquired Dutch studio Nixxes to provide high quality in-house technical and development capabilities for PlayStation Studios. The industry veterans have worked on huge franchises including the PC version of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and several Tomb Raider titles.

Who can you meet at the Holland Pavilion this year?

Derk de Geus, chairman of the DGA says: “One of the focus points for the DGA is the international presence of the Dutch game industry. As one of the biggest trade shows in the world, gamescom is the prime candidate for these activities. With the Holland Pavilion we aim to showcase the creativity and strength of the Dutch game industry, both to business partners and (through media channels) to consumers.” 

The Holland Pavilion is made possible by Creative Holland and the RVO. Here are just a few of the exciting projects and teams you can meet when you visit the Dutch delegation at gamescom this year:

The Falconeer was nominated for a BAFTA award this year (Best Debut Game), and has attracted attention for its stunning graphics, evocative lore, and sense of place. Developer Tomas Sala will be at gamescom to seek opportunities to expand The Falconeer’s story, universe and IP beyond video games.

Prolific indie studio Rusty Lake has released over 10 games and a movie. They will be bringing their recently launched publishing label Second Maze to gamescom and latest upcoming title: The Past Within. This two player puzzle game is inspired by the basic principles of classic early escape room Flash games.

Gamious are showing off their slice-of-life adventure game Lake. Play 40-something Meredith who is taking two weeks off from her big city career to fill in for her dad delivering mail in her rustic hometown.

There are also promising (ex)student projects, like the recent and very positively rated survival game ARID from students at the Breda University, and physics party game Push Your Family by Meteor Mug that has big news to share anytime soon…

There are too many games to list them all here of course… but check out most of them in the video trailer, and the full list below.

Dutch Showcase on MeetToMatch. Get access on https://www.meettomatch.com/cologne/

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS – August 14, 2020. Dutch Games Association (DGA) will be hosting the eleventh Country Pavilion during gamescom 2020. This year there’s a twist: it will be 100% digital and part of devcom! Also going to gamescom is the Dutch Game entry for the Europlay contest – the DGA is proud to announce that The Falconeer will be representing the Netherlands on August 28!

The Netherlands @ devcom
In 2019, over 30 companies participated at gamescom and the Holland Pavilion was a great success. This year is a little different than usual, but some of the foremost Dutch companies are present once again – come and meet the elite of the Dutch games industry during this digital episode of devcom 2020.

The broad selection of companies and organisations who will be present represents the Dutch games sector at its best across a wide variety of fields in the game industry. Like every year, we look forward to showing off to the rest of the world a selection of what our talented Dutch developers have been working on lately.

At the Netherlands Pavilion, you’ll find established industry players such as Vertigo Games, Paladin, Gamious publisher Iceberg Interactive, and indie teams like Grumpy Owl and Audiophile.

Devcom takes place from August 17 to August 30, and this year the event is even more about establishing and extending international networks. Therefore DGA partnered once again with MeetToMatch, the Dutch premium networking service, where you can effectively and efficiently meet all the people you need to.

EuroPlay contestant
Today we can also announce the representative of the Netherlands for the ‘Eurovision of games’! The Europlay Games Contest is organized by Ukie and will take place on 28th August.

We’re proud to announce that the Dutch finalist and Dutch representative will be Tomas Sala with his game The Falconeer. The Falconeer is an open-world air combat game, featuring frenetic aerial dogfights and deep exploration of the mysterious open world of The Great Ursee. For more information, please visit www.TheFalconeer.com.

For access to the zoom channels for the contest and to meet the studios, please register here.

Program:

  • devcom – August 17 – 30 
  • MeetToMatch event – August 25-27
  • Europlay Games Contest – August 28

For Developers:
Are you interested in participating in devcom this year? Let us know by filling in this form. There are still a few spots available so register fast. As a DGA member, you’ll receive priority and a discount!

Practical Information
Find us at devcom digital from August 17 to August 30.

The following companies will be represented digitally:

Grumpy Owl – grumpyowlgames.com

Vertigo Games – vertigo-games.com

Paladin – paladinstudios.com

Gamious –  gamious.com

Audiophile – audiophile.co.nl

Game Drive – Game-Drive.nl

Van Iersel Luchtman – vil.nl/gaming

7 Billion Fires – 7billionfires.com

Iceberg Interactive – iceberg-games.com

Dutch Games Association partnered with Ukie and other European associations for the launch of The EuroPlay Games Contest which will take place on 28th August during Gamescom. The EuroPlay Games Contest: ‘Eurovision of games’ will show the best unreleased games from across Europe in a live showcase, in a Eurovision-style.

The EuroPlay Games Contest will be a Live digital event taking place during gamescom and devcom. Each participating country will select one national representative game developer to submit a 2 minute 30 second video (maximum length) of their, as yet unreleased game.

The game videos will be showcased on Friday 28 August in a live show, hosted by leading video game show presenter Mr Midas, across all the main digital channels including twitter, twitch and facebook with all viewers invited to vote for their favourite game. The live show will conclude with the announcement of the winner, decided entirely by public vote on twitter.

With the fate of the winner resting in the hands of the public, the video will clearly need to show off the quality of the game. But remember this is also your chance to impress your potential customers so make sure your voice-over adds all the key game details and throw in some humour!

But that is not all. Whilst the live show is broadcast, the finalists will be hosted by Ukie in their own breakout rooms on zoom. We will be encouraging the media, journalists and potential partners to visit the studios to find out more about the game and to explore promotional and commercial opportunities.

Apply your game for this great show!

Deadline for submission: July 26th.

Criteria:

  • Game isn’t 15 or 18 age or adult game
  • Attendance during the event on August 28th
  • Game is unreleased by Friday 28 August on any format.
  • Help on actively promoting the event
  • Supply a suitable video and game details in the correct format marketing purposes

Register your game!

The year 2020 will mark the beginning of “devcom 365”, an ongoing year-round online programme, that will provide industry insights and entertainment right into living rooms all over the world.

The highlight this year is “devcom digital conference 2020” (#ddc2020) that will take place from the 17th to the 30th of August.

While gamescom 2020 focuses on an outstanding B2C online concept, #ddc2020 will be the main B2B initiative serving as gamescom’s core offer for game developers and their eco-system this year.

Dutch Games Association is organizing a Netherlands Pavilion at #ddc2020

We are convinced that by participating and offering a collective place in the main conference, we are able to support individual organizations and developers, and contribute to the entire Dutch games industry and its business making.

Please check out this document for all info on Gamescom and Devcom 2020.

If you are a DGA member and you decide to join the Netherlands Pavilion you will receive a few extra advantages:

  • You will receive 100% discount on your MeetToMatch account valid 25-27 August 2020
  • Mentions in all our PR activities and promotional activities
  • Tickets and opportunities during our informal networking activities

Netherlands Pavilion at #ddc2020 registration

TOKYO GAME SHOW 2020 ONLINE (TGS2020 ONLINE) will be five days from September 23 (Wed.) to 27 (Sun.), 2020 on the official TGS website, which replaces the cancelled TOKYO GAME SHOW 2020 originally planned to be held at Makuhari Messe in this September. Would you like to present your company at the next Tokyo Game Show, learn more on the Japanese entertainment game market, and meet Japanese gaming companies?

Dutch Game Association is collaborating with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to organise a digital Netherlands Pavilion at the Tokyo Game Show 2020. You will have the opportunity to show your game(s) and where possible, the Embassy will also try to assist participating companies in arranging individual meetings with potential business partners.

The Tokyo Game Show is Asia’s largest game show and had over 260,000 visitors in 2019. With the Netherlands Pavilion we aim to offer companies a chance to meet potential business parties in Japan and showcase their games to a wide audience. It also offers companies the opportunity to meet other interesting Dutch game companies.

Participation options

  • Digital Business Matchmaking, starting at €275,-
  • Digital Business Visitor, starting at €110,-

More options, like a scheduled presentation stream, are available, please get in touch for additional information.

More info and applying

If you are interested in participating make sure to submit your application before 24 July by sending an email to TOK-GAMES@minbuza.nl. We aim to show a full range of the Dutch game industry in Japan and reserve the right to select participants. For more information on Tokyo Game Show 2020, please visit the website. For more information, please contact Carolien van Tilburg at TOK-GAMES@minbuza.nl.

 

 

This year Dutch Games Association will organise another Holland Pavilion at Gamescom 2020!

With over 390.000 attendees in 2019, gamescom is one of the most important conferences for game developers. In 2019, over 30 companies participated at gamescom and the Holland Pavilion was a great success. Did you know the strongest international growth was due to presence from Austria, UK and the Netherlands?!

If you interested in participating in the Gamescom Holland Pavilion 2020? Register below!

It is possible to request a Collective Activity Voucher (Voucher Collectieve Activiteit) to exhibit at the Gamescom Holland Pavilion. SMB organisations (MKB-bedrijven) with less than 25% of export sales or that have been registered for less than three (3) years at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) qualify for a Collective Activity Voucher. Organisations can apply for this voucher with a financial compensation of up to 50% of the participation fee with a maximum of € 1500,- excluding VAT (btw). More information on the Collective Activity Voucher can be found here (in Dutch).

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On 18 October, during the opening of the first edition of Rotterdam Games Week, Dutch Games Association presented the latest news, statistics and trends on the Dutch games industry and hosted a panel to discuss future trends in the industry.

During the presentation Peter Warman (Newzoo) and Martijn Schenderling (NVPI) presented their findings about the Dutch games market, built up from sources from Games Monitor 2018, Newzoo and NVPI. The panel saw Amon Endt (Gamepoint), Roger ter Heide (Improvive), Paul Bierhaus (YipYip), and Koen Bronswijk (eSports Center Eindhoven) discuss the statistics from the presentation and the trends that will make the future of our industry.

 

Thank you to everybody that visited and supported the Holland Pavilion 2019 at gamescom!

We look back at an extremely successful edition of gamescom where we were Partner Country, supporting 30+ participating organisations and welcoming a record amount of drink visitors at our Holland Pavilion.

Dutch Drinks 2019 & Dutch Delegation Photo’s

Holland Pavilion 2019

Holland Pavilion 2019 Brochure

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UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS – July 18, 2019 – The Netherlands is the official partner country of 2019’s gamescom! Dutch Games Association will be hosting the tenth Holland Pavilion at gamescom this year, bringing a record number of Dutch delegates and presenting the Netherland’s newest projects to the world.

The Netherlands is the official partner country at gamescom this year!

This year, Dutch Games Association is proud to announce that the Netherlands is the official partner country for gamescom, the biggest European games expo. This means the Dutch games industry and its attendees will be in the spotlight worldwide. gamescom takes place in Cologne, Germany from August 20th to August 24th and is the most important event for game developers when it comes to sharing knowledge and expanding their network. The event combines B2B and B2C and attracts over 370,000 visitors from 114 countries.

It is also the 10th anniversary of the Holland Pavilion! It will not only be the largest Holland Pavilion so far to gamescom, but this year will also feature a record number of participants. A grand total of 30+ companies will present their games, services and products at gamescom. DGA Chairman Horst Streck says “It’s an honour to be chosen as gamescom’s official partner country this year. For us in the Netherlands, being part of the games industry is about creativity and independence – finding new ways to push boundaries and come up with playful solutions both for entertainment products and serious games. There are hundreds of Dutch studios which embody these traits, along with a smaller core of large, internationally renowned companies. The Netherlands offers a healthy working climate with the ideal mix of freedom and support to allow studios to try new ideas.”.

The broad selection of companies and organisations represents the Dutch games industry at its best across a wide variety of fields in entertainment, VR, esports, education, applied, services and business. At the Holland Pavilion, you’ll find established industry players such as VR game developer Vertigo Games who will be showing After the Fall and The Damned DLC for Arizona Sunshine, Killing Floor publisher Iceberg Interactive, and smaller teams like Degoma with their game Reggie, his cousin, two scientists and most likely the end of the world. This year’s Holland Lounge will feature carefully selected upcoming talent to showcase promising projects made possible by Creative Industries Fund NL. Read the full list of attendees below.

Holland @ gamescom program

This special edition of Holland Pavilion will not only bring a large amount of Dutch companies to gamescom, it will also feature an extensive side program with several events and networking opportunities, such as Courage Cologne, Meet Your Neighbours, and the annual Dutch Drinks. A Dutch delegation will also be present at devcom.

Join Dutch Games Association for Dutch Drinks to celebrate the 10th Holland Pavilion on Tuesday August 20th and meet the cream of the Dutch industry as well as rising stars – sponsored by GGE BV and Engine Software. A special guest will kick things off, after which everyone will have a chance to mingle and try out the selection of Dutch games. Experience indie titles like Project R from 2Awesome Studio, Deliver Us the Moon from KeokeN Interactive, Timebenders from Oogbaard, and much more! Register for Dutch Drinks via https://dga.co.nl/events/dd19.

Program

Sunday & Monday, 18 – 19 August: Dutch delegation at devcom
Monday, 19 August: Courage Cologne
Tuesday, 20 August: Dutch Drinks sponsored by GGE BV and Engine Software, with a special guest.
Wednesday, 21 August: Meet Your Neighbours

Practical Information

gamescom takes place from August 20th to August 22nd in Cologne, Germany. The Holland Pavilion is situated in the business area hall 4.1, stand A65/B70. The following companies will be represented:

Dutch Games Association - gamescom

Dutch Games Association

2Awesome Studio - gamescom

2Awesome Studio

Blackshore - gamescom

BlackShore

Degoma - gamescom

Degoma

Engine Software - gamescom

Engine Software

FGL - gamescom

FGL

Game Bakery - gamescom

Game Bakery

Game Drive - gamescom

Game Drive

GamePoint - gamescom

GamePoint

Gameseat - gamescom

Gameseat

gamious - gamescom

Gamious

GGE - gamescom

GGE

Gogo Games - gamescom

Gogo Games

H20 Amsterdam - gamescom

H20 Amsterdam

Iceberg Interactive - gamescom

Iceberg Interactive

Improvive - gamescom

ImproVive

KeokeN Interactive - gamescom

KeokeN Interactive

Little Chicken Game Company - gamescom

Little Chicken Game Company

Local Heroes Worldwide - gamescom

Local Heroes Worldwide

MeetToMatch - gamescom

MeetToMatch

Multiverse Narrative - gamescom

Multiverse Narrative

Oogbaard - gamescom

Oogbaard

Qualitas Global Services - gamescom

Qualitas Global Services

Resistance Studio - gamescom

Resistance Studio

Studio Deloryan - gamescom

Studio Deloryan

Tactical Adventures - gamescom

Tactical Adventures

Tripwire Interactive - gamescom

Tripwire Interactive

Van Iersel Luchtman Advocaten - gamescom

Van Iersel Luchtman Advocaten

Vertigo Games - gamescom

Vertigo Games

The Holland Pavilion is powered by Creative Holland, Netherlands Enterprise Agency & Creative Industries Fund NL.

 

devcom is the official gamescom game developer event and Europe’s annual ‚must attend‘ conference taking place from 18-19 August, paving the way for the world’s biggest videogames exhibition.

In cooperation with their international board of renowned game development experts and studio heads from indie to AAA, devcom not only creates a diverse conference program that is tailored to the actual needs of the global games development community, from beginner to top-tier veteran, but also serves as the perfect platform to easily meet and connect with industry and media representatives from all over the world.

Join for the exclusive devcom Networking Dinner on Saturday evening, have a hot cup of coffee and tasty snacks on the showfloor, check out numerous business and indie exhibitors showcasing their services and games, witness the brandnew devcom Awards – Europe’s first ‘Persons of the Year Award’ – and attend our open-air devcom Sunset Party and devcom Developer Night. On top, devcom offers you and your team turnkey ready HR booths to scout for new talents, secluded rooms to organize your own individual press conference, as well as an excellent matchmaking app to plan your meeting schedule.

 

Dutch Games Association members have special opportunities and a 25% ticket discount.
Contact us for more information!