Graag delen wij onderstaande uitnodiging van CLICKNL (en hun partner SIA) met jullie:

Dag creatieve mkb’er!

Houd jij je met jouw bedrijf bezig met vernieuwing, heb je dit in het verleden gedaan of altijd al willen doen?

Dan weet je dat hier uitdagingen bij komen kijken. Gelukkig zijn er diverse partijen die innovatie in de creatieve sector ondersteunen en stimuleren. Van regelingen, tot subsidies en andere zogenaamde steun instrumenten. Op dit moment weet echter maar een klein deel van de mkb’ers deze steun te vinden en bemachtigen. Dit kan anders! Wij van CLICKNL en Regieorgaan SIA zijn benieuwd hoe.

In samenwerking met Fundamentals Academy (creatief bureau) organiseren wij daarom drie co-creatie sessies door heel Nederland. Tijdens deze sessies komen we tot concrete oplossingen om de creatieve sector en het aanbod van financiers en ondersteuners van innovatie beter op elkaar te laten aansluiten.

Wil jij:

  • Meedenken over het toegankelijker maken van regelingen, subsidies en andere instrumenten en zo de creatieve sector aansterken?
  • Jouw perspectief en ervaring als creatief mkb delen?
  • Kennismaken en sparren met creatieve mkb’ers in jouw regio die ook bezig zijn met innovatie?

Dan zoeken we jou. Denk en creëer een middag met ons mee. In een co-creatie sessie van drie uur komen we tot concrete adviezen over het stimuleren van innovatie in de creatieve sector.


  • Per regio is er plek voor 10 mkb’ers. Per mkb één vertegenwoordiger.
  • Sessies duren van 14:00 uur tot 17:00 uur, achteraf is er een borrel met de mogelijkheid voor netwerken.
  • Stuur om je aan te melden een mailtje met jouw naam en organisatie naar Jens Gijbels van Fundamentals Academy. Dit kan via Hij zal de co-creatie sessies begeleiden, voor vragen is hij tevens te bereiken.

In the past week the jury of the Dutch Game Awards came together to make their final decision about the 2022 nominees. We can now present to you our nominees of the Dutch Game Awards 2022. From a total of 48 submitted games, the jury has narrowed its selection down to three games per category. Some of the submitted games have made it on to multiple nominee lists and are in the race for multiple awards!

The winners of the special awards; Awesome Achievement, Inclusion, Best Studio and Lifetime Achievement have already been picked and will be revealed during the awards show.

And the nominees are…

Best Game:
Stacklands – Sokpop Collective
Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla Games
Lake – Gamious

Best Art:
Here Comes Niko! – Frog Vibes
Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla Games
Jitsu Squad – Tanuki Creative Studio

Best Audio:
Here Comes Niko! – Frog Vibes
We Were Here Forever – Total Mayhem Games
Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla

Best Innovation:
Stacklands – Sokpop Collective
Lake – Gamious
After the Fall – Vertigo Games

Best Technology:
Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla Games
Wurdweb – Aran & Adriaan
After the Fall – Vertigo Games

Best Game Design:
Stacklands – Sokpop Collective
We Were Here Forever – Total Mayhem Games
Lake – Gamious

Best Debut Game:
Cat Cafe Manager – Roost Games
Here Comes Niko! – Frog Vibes
Jitsu Squad – Tanuki Creative Studio

Best Applied Game:
Hackshield in de Klas – Hackshield Future Cyber Heroes
Springloop – Springlab Learning B.V. – Hulan / Ainar

Best Student Game:
Ruth’s Journey – Nifty Llama Games (BUAS)
All Hands On Deck – Studio Mantasaur (HKU)
Duckside of the Moon – Duckside Studios (BUAS)

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Go to for more information and tickets

We are excited to announce a game industry trade mission and Netherlands Pavilion at Tokyo Game Show 2022. Today is the official kick-off. The Netherlands will be represented by 11 participants from the game industry, a healthy mix of innovative game developers and service providers.

The following Dutch companies will be part of the trade mission:

  • Azerion
  • CoolGames
  • Dutch Games Association
  • i3D
  • Local Heroes
  • MeetToMatch
  • Newzoo
  • Paladin Studios
  • Sokpop
  • Steam Data Suite
  • Stormbound

The game industry trade mission is organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Japan in collaboration with DGA. Our aim is to showcase the present and future of Dutch games to Asia and the rest of the world, and to highlight the economic, cultural and societal value of games. In addition, the goal is to establish business connections between Japan and The Netherlands, and to showcase Dutch games to Japanese consumers.

The mission involves a two-day programme prior to Tokyo Game Show. It consists of company visits, business meetups, and a taste of Japanese (game) culture.

  • September 13: B2B network event at the embassy
  • September 14: Company Visits (DMM, Square Enix & others TBS)
  • September 15-18: TGS 2022 (Hall 1 booth S-44)

Tokyo Game Show is one of the largest game events in the world, focusing on Japanese and Asian game culture from mobile games to e-sports, cosplay and AAA console games. It attracts hundreds of thousands of players, mainly from Japan, as well as a broad range of companies from the bigger region. It is held at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, and consists of two business days and two public days. This year, the Netherlands Pavilion will be at the innovative Indie Game Area – a top location for attracting press and publishers.

Find more info about the participating companies here

See you in Japan!!

For inquiries, please contact:

George van der Raaij (Embassy of The Netherlands) –
Marlies van Kampen (DGA) –

Are you planning to go to Dutch Game Day (powered by Control) or the Dutch Game Awards on October 6, 2022? Now is the time to get your tickets, while Early Bird still lasts! The Early Bird will give you a 10% discount.

Early Bird ends on August 18, 23.59! So don’t snooze, and get your (discounted) tickets now via these links:

Get your Dutch Game Awards tickets here
Get your Dutch Game Day tickets (incl combi tickets with Dutch Game Awards) here

For more information about the events, visit the websites Dutch Game Day and Dutch Game Awards.

Questions? Please send an email to


Are you going to Gamescom this month? Be sure to check out the following events that are organized by people from the Dutch game industry:


With more than 25 Dutch companies participating, The Netherlands Pavilion is back at the Gamescom Trade Fair.
The Pavilion is hosted by the Dutch Games Association in cooperation with CreativeNL. The Netherlands aims to drive the way forward in the field of immersive games, with a number of developers presenting their projects. We are happy to share what Dutch creativity, pragmatism, openness and collaboration can offer.

Interested to see what the Dutch creative industry has in store? Simply register and drop by the Netherlands Pavilion at Gamescom. Hall 4.1 – booth A021g/B030g.

View the company showreel here.
Read all the information here.


We hereby invite you to ‘’Dutch Drinks’’, a networking event hosted by the Dutch Games Association at Gamescom 2022 in cooperation with CreativeNL.
• Meet Dutch games industry professionals
• Rekindle existing relationships or meet new potential business partners over a shared drink
• Come check out the indie game exhibition

Register here

This Netherlands Pavilion at Gamescom and the Dutch Drinks have been made possible with the support of CreativeNL, who strive to keep and strengthen the top position of the Dutch creative industry abroad.


Play a game and get a drink! That’s the premise of Courage Cologne. 15 Indie game showcasers present their work to other game professionals. The annual game showcase brings together game professionals in a relax and informal setting.
What to expect:
• 15 (indie) game developers to showcase their latest game.
• Play a game and get a drink.
• Meet 250+ game industry professionals.

Link and registration:


Join the best matchmaking service in the games industry, during the largest trade show of Europe! MeetToMatch – The Cologne Edition is your most relevant platform for business in the games industry during Gamescom since 2016. 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.



Meet game professionals from 10 countries to connect and find out how they develop, finance and distribute their games.
At pre-organised one-to-one meetings you will have the opportunity to meet professionals from all over Europe. The event will be open to developers, immersive content producers and publishers from Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Germany (North Rhine- Westphalia).

24 August / 9.30 am
Location: Medien Digital Land NRW Stand (Hall 4.1 | Stand A061g – B070g)

Pre-registration for this event has closed. If you’d like to find out how Creative Europe Desk NL can help your business, you may reach out to Emma O’Hare for more information

Have you already submitted your game for the Dutch Game Awards 2022? There’s only one month left until the submission deadline on July 31st! Don’t hesitate and submit your game now.

Submission is easy! Just head over to our Eventbrite page and buy the Game Submission ticket. You can submit a maximum of 4 games (each via a separate ticket form). The entry fee per game is € 75,- (with the exception of the Student category which is free to enter). Your entry is automatically submitted for the Best Game award category, and you may select a maximum of 3 additional award categories. Find all the rules and criteria here.

You can also still send in your nominations for our Special Awards! Find all the info on

Are you as excited about the Dutch Game Awards 2022 as we are? Tickets are already available. You can buy your (Early Bird) tickets here! Or maybe you would like make it a combi-ticket and attend the Dutch Game Day as well? Buy your combi tickets here.

We can’t wait to see all of your submissions! Submit your game now.

In cooperation with the RvO and CreativeNL we’d like to invite you for an online networking session around the state of the industry in China.

Every month CreativeNL invites local experts from the creative industry to discuss new business opportunities. This month we’d like to focus on the games industry and invite Dutch game developers to listen in and ask their questions.

Monique Knapen, China coordinator CreativeNL, will host this online session. Martine Spaans from the DGA will kick off with a short presentation about the current challenges and opportunities within the game industry. After that we invite you to ask your business questions to our economic network (Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou and HK).

This meeting is open to anyone working in the Dutch game industry, no matter if you have many years of experience dealing with China or none at all. This session will take place on June 30th at 09:00AM and will last around 60 to 90 minutes.

Please register here:

We are happy to announce that the nominations for the Special Awards for the Dutch Game Awards 2022 are now open! This year we have a new category: the Awesome Achievement Award!

Awesome Achievement
Last year’s edition also had Special Awards, namely ‘Best Studio’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement’. This year we have added the ‘Awesome Achievement’ award category. With this award the Dutch Game Awards aims to give attention to the parties that do not qualify for the other categories, but that do contribute to the development and publishing of games.  

Please use the following links to send in your nominees for the Special Awards:

Of course, you can also still submit your games for the regular Dutch Game Awards categories! Deadline closes on July 31st 2022. Find all the info (and tickets) on the Dutch Game Awards website.

Dear DGA community,

Finally, after two harsh corona years, things are starting to look up: Tokyo Game Show 2022 and BitSummit X-Roads have been confirmed! Here, at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan, we can’t wait to visit. Do you feel the same way?

If so, we invite you to join our information sharing meeting on Wednesday 25 May at 9.30 regarding a Dutch pavilion at these events. The meeting will last 30 minutes and consists of a short presentation followed by lots of room for questions. Topics to be discussed are – among others – visa requirements and subsidies.

To make the most of the session, we invite you to send any questions you have to George van der Raaij at

Please see this link below to gain access to the meeting: Hope to see you all this Wednesday!

Kind regards,

Carolien van Tilburg
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan

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.


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 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