In a bold gesture embracing a burgeoning industry, The Dutch Consulate in San Francisco opens its doors to videogames. Called INDIGO, 20 game developers from the Netherlands will show their best and upcoming titles to an international audience of fellow developers, investors, publishers and gamers. The event is scheduled to coincide with the nearby Game Developers Conference (GDC) in the Moscone Center and runs from March 25th till the 30th. Entry is free of charge.
INDIGO is organized by Dutch Game Garden, a foundation in the Netherlands aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in the Dutch games industry. “The Netherlands itself only has a handful of publishers, but in San Francisco during GDC there’ll be hundreds, all looking for great new games,” says JP van Seventer, Development Director of Dutch Game Garden.
“INDIGO enables us to promote a large number of developers from our country all at once. Among them are indies, entertainment game developers and creators of top notch applied games. Their titles are all lined up and presented in a stylish way. The game developers meet fellow devs from around the world, investors and potential creative and business partners.”
This was INDIGO last year:
Dutch Game Garden has organized INDIGO multiple times in the Netherlands over the last few years. This year however, is the first time the event will take place in the United States, thanks to the hospitality of the Dutch Consulate. The full address is: The Netherlands Consulate General, 120 Kearny Street, Suite 3100, San Francisco, CA 94104. Doors open Monday evening, 25 March with a mixer.
The games industry in the Netherlands is growing rapidly. This small country boasts more than 300 companies involved in game development, employing more than 3,000 people. The Games Monitor, a report published last year, states the Dutch games industry generates between 150 and 225 million Euros each year. (195-293 million USD)
Sponsors and partners
Dutch Game Garden is able to organize INDIGO in San Francisco thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Level Up! Program. Level Up! is aimed at present and future talent within the Dutch games industry. INDIGO creates exposure and visibility for this target audience during an internationally renowned event and creates opportunities for Dutch developers going abroad.
The presentation of the games is made possible by the Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco, Invest Utrecht, Utrecht School of the Arts, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, games companies Codeglue, XForm and IJsfontein, and Control, the Dutch games industry magazine.
About Dutch Game Garden
Dutch Game Garden accelerates the growth of the games industry in the Netherlands by providing wide-ranging support and facilities for students, start-ups and established game companies.
Our Business Center provides flexible and affordable housing at top notch locations for existing and growing companies; the Game Company Incubator helps young entrepreneurs setting up and developing their own business; our Developers’ Club program stimulates entrepreneurship among students of various game-related study programs. We organize events and masterclasses and co-operate with the government, universities and companies to create the ultimate creative mix.
Dutch Game Garden is supported by the City of Utrecht, the Province of Utrecht and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Commission.
Check www.indigoshowcase.nl for updates on the lineup of games.