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Dutch Games Association strengthens ties with Australian games industry

Dutch Games Association strengthens ties with Australian games industry

The Dutch Games Association has partnered with Creative Victoria, the Game Developers’ Association of Australia to help create further ties between the two countries in the games industry.

Taking place during Melbourne International Games Week, Australia’s Minister of Games and Heath Martin Foley worked with Creative Victoria to bring Dutch knowledge and business opportunities to the event.

As part of this coming together, Dutch games consultant and co-founder of several award-winning development studios Sjoerd Wennekes held a keynote speech.

Alongside this, Dutch matchmaking tool MeetToMatch was used at Game Connect Asia Pacific to power meetings between attendees.

Prime candidate

To top off this cooperation, Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte attending PAX Aus to discuss the perks of how specialised games can be used in fields such as healthcare.

Wennekes shared details of the potential of the Australian games market as well as highlighting his Tovertafel project, an interactive system used to help people in care homes to stay active.

One of the highlights from the week was the Australian Game Developer Awards which saw Mighty Kingdom win Studio of the Year and House House’s Untitled Goose Game grabbed two accolades on the night.

You can check out all of our coverage of Melbourne International Games Week 2019 right here.


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Matthew Forde is the staff writer for PocketGamer.biz and also a member of the Pocket Gamer Podcast. You can find him on Twitter @Forde999 talking about Smash Bros. and everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes.

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