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The Netherlands: your launchpad into the European games market

The Netherlands is a great location from which to serve the European games market, offering a strategic position at the heart of the continent, a talented and multilingual workforce, the world’s largest internet exchange (AMS-IX), and a competitive tax climate and even economic playground thanks to a change in VAT rules. On top of this, gaming revenue in the Netherlands has risen by 18% in the last five years.

Utrecht: Creative game development capital of the Netherlands

Located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht is a hub for game development, and is particularly strong in:

  • Casual gaming
  • Indie gaming
  • Serious gaming

As well as a variety of localisation, audio, and tool developers, Utrecht is home to Nintendo and Ubisoft, and award-winning companies including Vlambeer (Ridiculous Fishing), Ronimo Games (Awesomenauts), and Game Oven (Fingle).

The region also boasts a wealth of award-winning creative talent, and offers the country’s highest concentration of game-related degrees at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and Utrecht University.

As a hotspot for game developers, Utrecht hosts a wide range of events and initiatives designed to support and inspire people working in the gaming industry. Highlights include:

  • Dutch Game Garden, Europe’s largest gaming incubator and business centre, which accommodates more than 40 creative companies.
  • Conferences and festivals including: Games for Health Europe, the continent’s largest serious gaming conference, Control Conference, and Indigo, which showcases Dutch talent.
  • Dutch Games Association & Control Magazine

Download factsheet Gaming

The Netherlands: a global leader in serious gaming

Half of all the game studios in the Netherlands are involved in the development of serious games. In other countries, the emphasis lies much more on entertainment, but the Dutch have discovered the power and effectiveness of serious gaming. For a first impression, take a look at the following video:

Download factsheet Serious Gaming

Interesting links:

Dutch Games Go Global
Serious Games 2013-2014

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Invest Utrecht, the Foreign Investment Agency of the Province of Utrecht is a one-stop shop for practical assistance and information services to help companies establish and maintain operations in Utrecht. We actively help foreign companies set up their business, but we also support the more than 900 foreign companies that are already established in the province. All our services are free of charge and confidential.

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Utrecht is a home base to many prominent international companies, knowledge institutes and research centers across sectors including Life Sciences & Health, ICT and Gaming.


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