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

On September 7th, Dutch Games Association will hold its annual General Assembly. During the General Assembly, we will be going over the last association year and look ahead. Our board will address our members and there will be room to propose matters that strengthen the strategy. Formalities, such as the annual accounts and the annual report, will also be discussed, whereby we will ask our members for approval by means of a vote.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the consequences, the board has decided to make use of the temporary legal provisions to allow the General Assembly to take place online and to postpone it to a more suitable time later in the year.

Date: 7 september
Time: 16.00 – 18.00
Location: Online

The General Assembly is only accessible for Dutch Games Association Members. On July 20th we’ve formally invited all our member company contacts via email. Didn’t receive an invite? Please get in touch with our team!

 

 

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.

 

 



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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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DGA Gaming Fieldlab has issued a call for research proposals which has resulted in the funding of five projects. Each of these projects connects a games company to an educational institution in a consortium to conduct research. These consortiums will work together for a duration of two years and will present their progress at regular intervals.

DGA presents the following projects:

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Learn more! 

DGA Gaming Fieldlab is supported by CLICKNL, and it is operated under the auspices of the Open University of the Netherlands and the RAGE Foundation.

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.