October 7, 2021
Beeld & Geluid, Hilversum + online

Dutch Game Awards


The Dutch Game Awards

The Dutch Game Awards are back! Organized by the Dutch Games Association in collaboration with several volunteers, we present the first official Awards for Dutch game developers since 2017, coming to you from Beeld & Geluid Hilversum, during Dutch Media Week. We’d like to invite anyone who worked on a Dutch game project to submit their work. Submissions remain open until July 31st 2021! (Rules and criteria apply. Read them here!)

Just like the previous Award shows, there will be networking opportunities before and after the ceremony for anyone active in the Dutch games industry. Get your tickets here!

Categories 2021

Best Game
First release between January 1st 2020 and July 1st 2021. Open Beta releases are also allowed.

Best Innovation
Innovative use of hardware and/or software technology. Innovative use of other media or game design.

Best Student Game
Game needs to be developed by a student or group of students at a Dutch university, as part of the study curriculum. Game needs to be finished and (beta) published.

Best Debut Game
First game/project of a Dutch studio.

Best Audio
From beautiful game soundtrack or great quality in voice acting to game-enhancing audio effects.

Best Art
Either gameplay art, animation, cutscenes or any other form of visual art used within the game.

Best Technology
Best use of hardware/software technology. Pushing the boundaries of tech.

Best Game Design (Powered by CoolGames)
From innovative game design, groundbreaking controls and user onboarding, unique gameplay and puzzles to a compelling story or narrative.

Best Commercial Achievement
Worldwide the best commercial success of a Dutch game or company. This could include game revenues, business revenues, acquisitions, IPOs, etc.

Best Applied Game
Best game developed not for the purpose of entertainment, but edutainment, training, medical appliance, therapy.

Special Awards (by nomination only)

Best Studio
The studio does not need to have a physical location. Definitions could be; employee health/benefits, creative environment, good leadership, teamwork, etc. Applicant does not need to own (part of) the studio, but does need to have a clear link with the studio. For example be an employee or client.

Submit your nomination for Best Studio here

Inclusion Award
Given to an initiative, person or company that has significant impact in improving inclusivity for the game industry.

Submit your nomination for the Inclusion Award here

Lifetime Achievement Award
Given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the Dutch game industry.

Submit your nomination for Lifetime Achievement Award here

Before you submit

This button takes you to our Eventbrite page where you can buy the ‘Game Submission’ ticket and enter all the required details that are needed to submit your game. Don’t forget to read our Rules & Criteria before applying!

Sponsors & Patrons

Would you like to help facilitate the organization of the Dutch Game Awards 2021? We are looking for patrons and sponsors. Read all about it here. Or get in touch via email, so we can send you all the details. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


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