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

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.

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

On Tuesday March 1, DGA will host a second ‘GDC Introduction’ event, made possible by Creative NL and RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). Not a regular GDC visitor? Or maybe you haven’t ever been there at all? Then we highly encourage you to join this session!

This GDC Introduction event will prepare you to get the most out of your GDC trip. This second event will focus on business development, dealing with press, and all about how to use MeettoMatch.

We will start with a network lunch at 13.00, where you can connect to other attendees who will go GDC, and talk to ‘veterans’ who visited GDC several times. A great time to make new connections and to learn the ins and outs of GDC.

At 14.00 there will be three short talks:

  • Business Development Tactics (talk by Stein Damen, Paladin Studios)
  • MeettoMatch Walkthrough
  • How to get press coverage (talk by Eric Bartelson)

Then at 15.00 there will be an interactive session where we split into smaller groups and deepen the subjects that have been discussed.

At 16.00 there will be drinks, a bite and networking and connecting with the other attendees.

We close the event at 17.00.

Tickets are € 10 (plus fees).  Register here!

This event is made possible by Creative NL and RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)

NB. This event follows the RIVM guidelines: we keep 1,5 meters distance and you need the corona check app to enter. Facemasks are obligated when walking, but can be taken off when seated.

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 in the week of March 21 to 25, 2022.

The Dutch Games Association announces the Dutch Lounge: a private meeting area for the Dutch Games Industry during GDC 2022, just one block away from Moscone Center. We are convinced that having a location outside of the official GDC Expo offers the additional opportunity to meet with people that do not have a GDC pass, while still being close to the official venue.

The delegation is focused on traveling to San Francisco during GDC. Obviously we are recommending to make your own consideration if you are comfortable to visit the event physically. Simultaneously, we also invite people to join the event virtually, so you can participate from the comfort of home.

This opportunity has been made possible with the support of Creative NL and the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO).

The Program

Together with the Dutch Consulate and NBSO, we are planning to organize several items, such as:

  • Preliminary to GDC week –> Potential Los Angeles Start-up Program with NBSO.
  • Breakfast session at Dutch Consulate – Program to be announced. Tuesday morning, March 22, 2022
  • Business hours at Consulate. During GDC week –> Per appointment.
These items are free after registration through the form.

Details on MeetToMatch – The San Francisco Edition 2022:

Join the most relevant (virtual) matchmaking service in the games industry during GDC! The MeetToMatch team focuses once again on bringing all the relevant publishers, investors and developers who would normally have been present in San Francisco together virtually on March 21-25, 2022.

The platform allow 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.

Confirmed country partners:

  • Dutch Games Association
  • Canada Game Nation
  • SwissGames
  • Belgian Games
  • and many more to be confirmed

More information can be found here.

Available on-site packages

Business PackageCompany visibility Package
Access to the Dutch Lounge and conduct your business meetings.Additional promotion, visibility and lead generation in the Dutch lounge

This package includes (for one person):

  • Access to the Dutch lounge on Wed-Fri.
  • Access to coffee / tea in the lounge.
  • One ticket to the Dutch Drinks on Tuesday evening on March 22, 2022
  • Opportunity to showcase one game or service during the Dutch Drinks on Tuesday evening on March 22, 2022
  • Planning business meetings in the MeetToMatch platform.
  • Showcase Games, Products & Service as part of the Dutch Showcase on the MeetToMatch platform to easily be discovered by participants.

This package includes:

  • Everything from the Business package PLUS
  • Access to the Dutch lounge on Wed-Fri for two people from the same company.
  • Two tickets to the Dutch Drinks on Tuesday evening on March 22, 2022 (and +2 tickets)
  • Opportunity for a two minute stage-time during the Dutch Drinks on Tuesday evening on March 22, 2022
  • Company logo visibility during the event and  corresponding communication for the Dutch Drinks.
Normal price € 399Normal price € 1.599
Special Dutch lounge offering: € 299*
* Additional teammembers can be added for 99 Euro. Limited supply, distributed equally.
Special Dutch lounge offering: € 1250*
* Additional teammembers can be added for 99 Euro. Limited supply, distributed equally.

 

Available virtual package

Virtual Business Package 
  

This package includes:

  • Planning business meetings in the MeetToMatch platform.
  • Games or Product & Service showcase as part of the Dutch Showcase on the MeetToMatch platform to easily be discovered by participants.
 
Normal price € 149,00 
Special Dutch digital offering: € 99,00 

Dutch Lounge venue

The Dutch Lounge will be situated only one block away from Moscone Center, at 643 Mission Street (Google Maps), allowing you to meet with everyone that you have scheduled a meeting with.

The Dutch Lounge will be accesible for Dutch delegation members with a valid Package only, and their meeting counterparts, due to the desire to provide a COVID-safe and manageable venue.

Dutch Lounge location Impression of the Dutch Lounge venue. Actual setup likely will be different.

 

Safety measures and potential implications.

The Dutch Lounge will follow national and local guidelines with regard to COVID-19 measures to ensure a safe and comfortable space. Complying with these measures could results in additional precautions such as, but not limited to, obligatory face masks, and social distancing. Such measures might results in limited meeting opportunities in the Dutch lounge, the refusal of entry for meeting counterparts from meetings scheduled outside of MeetToMatch or the request of temporarily leaving the premises if the Dutch lounge participant has no current meeting planned.

Cancellation policy.

There will be no refunds available. In the case of the cancellation, postponement or turning fully virtual of GDC 2022, the chosen on-site packages, will be automatically be changed to the virtual package, and the corresponding virtual price will be invoiced, or the difference credited. A change in the personal decision  of a participant on participation or travel offers no opportunity for cancellation or downgrade.

Registration

We love to see your registration for these events, so we can show a strong and creative Dutch Games Industry to the rest of the world. You participation will definately also help us in confirming and securing support for future trade shows, when they will return back to on-site events.

Register today here

 

And a big thanks

This opportunity has been made possible with the support of Creative NL and the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO), who are supporting our industry during these events financially.​

On Tuesday February 1, DGA will host a GDC Introduction event, made possible by Creative Holland and RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). Not a regular GDC visitor? Or maybe you haven’t ever been there at all? Then we highly encourage you to join this session!

This GDC Introduction event will prepare you to get the most out of your GDC trip. It focuses on what you can do at GDC and where to do it (there are activities all over San Francisco), how you can best prepare yourself and how to plan your days most effectively.

NB. We intend to have this event on February 1st. We still have to await the outcome of the press conference regarding Covid which will be held on January 25th before we can fully confirm this date. 

Location: Dotslash, Europalaan 100 – 500, Utrecht

We will start with a network lunch at 13.00, where you can connect to other attendees who will go GDC, and talk to ‘veterans’ (for example Martine Spaans, Fedor van Herpen and Derk de Geus) who visited GDC several times. A great time to make new connections and to learn the ins and outs of GDC.

At 14.00 there will be two short talks:
A practical guide to your GDC experience (talk by Martine Spaans)
How to find the perfect business partner (talk by Derk de Geus)

Then at 15.00 there will be an interactive session in which every attendee gets 5 minutes to shortly introduce themselves, but moreover to talk about what they’d like to achieve at GDC. You will then get tips and tricks from experts that can help you realize your goals, which you can implement starting the day after.

At 16.00 there will be drinks, a bite and networking and connecting with the other attendees.

We close the event at 17.00.

Tickets are € 10 (plus fees). Click here to get your ticket on Eventbrite.

This event is made possible by Creative Holland and RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)

NB. This event follows the RIVM guidelines: we keep 1,5 meters distance and you need the corona check app to enter. Facemasks are obligated when walking, but can be taken off when seated.

As was recently announced, starting from January 2022, we will bring you the DGA Talks to share experiences, present best-of-class use cases and most important of all, inspire us in our daily work as game professionals!

If we look at the games landscape as a whole, most attention and industry focus is usually on games for mobile, new console titles and PC games. However, not everyone might realize that there’s actually an entire new world of game channels arising, beyond the traditional app-stores, PlayStation or Steam.

In our first DGA Talks on January 19th 2022, we will therefore focus on a number of Emerging Game Platforms that could also be of interest to the Dutch games community. Hosted by Laurens Rutten (DGA Board member and co-CEO of CoolGames), this DGA Talks will feature:
  •  Pedro Rodrigues, Head of Game Partnerships EMEA at Snap Inc
  • A speaker from Twitch Games (to be announced later)
  • Adriaan de Jongh who will talk about his experiences with developing for two subscription based mobile game platforms.
And there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and debate.

What: DGA Talks #1, Emerging Games Platforms
When: Wednesday January 19 th 2022, from 16.00 pm till 17.30/18.00 pm (GMT +1)
Who: Laurens Rutten (host), Pedro Rodrigues (Snap Inc), Adriaan de Jongh and an evangelist for Twitch Games (to be announced later)

Sign up for free here!

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