On May 18 the Dutch Games Association will host a webinar that concludes the DGA Gaming Fieldlab. With the Fieldlab the DGA aims to stimulate the collaboration between game companies and researchers. Five research projects that had their start in 2019 will show their results. The subjects vary from VR-applications in healthcare and education, quality analysis of choice processes in serious games, to design principles for applied games.

Find detailed information about the webinar, the projects and the speakers on the registration page.

In the webinar, CLICKNL will elaborate on the possibilities of new research collaborations. CLICKNL serves the interest of the Creative Industry as a top sector.

The presentations start at 13.00 till 14.45. Before and after the presentations you have the opportunity to network with speakers, DGA representatives, CLICKNL employees, and other participants.

Click here for more information and registration.

See you there!

We are very happy to announce that we have partnered up with Indigo! Indigo is the leading game business and showcase event in The Netherlands, which will be held on June 25th as a hybrid event. Indigo is organized by the Dutch Game Garden (DGG), a game incubator and business center located in Utrecht.

Join Indigo to find your next business opportunity, listen to inspiring and practical talks, and play the best games and connect with its developers. Find all the info here!

Members of the Dutch Games Association get a 10% discount off their Indigo ticket. Keep an eye on your inbox, the next newsletter will have the link to purchase a discounted ticket. Stay tuned!

With the recent departure of two veteran board members, and a minor restructuring of the board, we are open to welcoming new members to the DGA board.

Maarten Stevens will take over Hans’ position heading the Serious Games division, vacating the Secretary function.
We will split up the “Entertainment” position in two: one for large entertainment studios (called “Entertainment”) and one for Indies (called “Indies”). Adriaan de Jongh will move to the Indies position and the Entertainment position will become available.

To summarize, the board positions that are coming up are:

  • Research
  • Entertainment
  • Secretary

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who want to actively contribute to the Dutch game community and the association.

Please view the vacancies here: https://dutchgamesassociation.nl/vacancies/

Please apply by sending an email to contact@dutchgamesassociation.nl with your motivation and profile. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

-The DGA team

After over 4 years of tenure at the DGA, we are saying goodbye to our valued board members Wim Westera (Research division) and Hans Luyckx (Serious Games division).

Wim and Hans have put in great effort for the DGA and its members, with Wim focusing on forging durable partnerships with research institutions and Hans using his extensive network and experience to firmly establish the serious game developers in The Netherlands.

They have both been great to work with, and we would like to thank them for their many contributions to the association. We wish them all the best with their future endeavours.

We will be welcoming new board members shortly, so please stay tuned for the vacancy announcement!

-The DGA Team

Aging healthier, sufficient clean water, plastic-free waters, sufficient and healthy food, a safe Netherlands to live and work. This is just a small selection of the many societal challenges that require new transitions. And you, as a creative professional, can contribute to those! But, of course, you’ll need money for that. That is why, as an SME, you can turn to the RVO to participate in the “MKB-innovatiestimulering Regio en Topsectoren (MIT)” scheme. It translates as the SME innovation stimulation Region and Top Sectors (MIT) scheme, which aims to stimulate innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises, within the four mission themes.

The exact date of opening of the MIT Scheme 2021 has not been officially annouced yet, but we can expect it to open mid April.

For more information and requirements on the ClickNL website.

More than 25+ successful Dutch game developers have launched a fund to finance games made in the Netherlands. The game developers behind Midgame Fund hope to help teams build successful games with funding, experience, and business connections. More successful games lead to more sustainable, independent, and diverse game studios in the Netherlands, and that is beneficial to the entire Dutch game industry.

Over the last 10 years, Dutch game developers have released incredibly successful games. However, with a lack of Dutch investments funds and government support, the funding for those games has come almost entirely from abroad. “I think that is a missed opportunity,” says game designer Adriaan de Jongh, organiser of Midgame Fund and developer of the successful game Hidden Folks. “An investor who’s overcome the challenges of making games in the same country as a developer could be invaluable to that developer. If Midgame Fund lowers the barriers for funding and connects developers with experienced Dutch mentors, then this will be an absolute win-win situation for the entire Dutch game industry.”

Among the investors behind Midgame Fund are Rami Ismail, international speaker and ambassador for diversity in the game industry, Derk de Geus, co-founder of Paladin Studios and chairman of the Dutch Games Association, and Herdjie Zhou, who’s studio Lucky Kat was visited by Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2018.

Dutch game developers can pitch their games to Midgame Fund today. The fund is open to receive pitches for funding in the €10k – €150k range. The fund’s website explains the terms and how developers can pitch.

Find all the information here!

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!