Rules of entry

  • Only submissions through dedicated Dutch Game Awards Eventbrite are accepted.
  • The submission period remains open until July 31st 2022 midnight. 
  • The submitted work needs to have a clear link with The Netherlands, for example:
    • The development of the game was done in The Netherlands
    • The entity developing the game has a registration at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce
    • The majority of team members are residents of The Netherlands
      The organization of the Dutch Game Awards is allowed to request proof to verify whether there is a clear link with the Netherlands. The organization of the Dutch Game Awards has the right to reject the submission at their discretion, resulting in a refund.
  • The submitting party needs to be the original creator of the Game and supporting visual materials or have explicit written consent to submit the Game. By submitting the work the creator agrees their materials may be used in PR and communication by the Dutch Game Awards.
  • The submitted work needs to be a digital product, or have a significant amount of interactive digital content to be considered a “Game”.
  • Each company can submit a maximum of 4 games. Every game needs to be submitted using a separate form. The entry fee per game is 75.00EUR, with the exception of the Student category which is free to enter. 
  • Each game is automatically submitted for the Best Game award category. Each game can be submitted for a maximum of 3 additional award categories. If the submitting party selects more than 3 categories it is up to the discretion of the Dutch Game Awards to narrow down the selection.
  • To be eligible for the applied games category you need to provide evidence of the impact of the game. This can be a validation report, a description of the steps you have taken to test the game or some other form of evidence of the results and impact of the game.
  • The game needs to be released between July 1st, 2021 and June 30th, 2022 and publicly available in the Netherlands during the game submission period. (Open) Beta access is accepted as well.
    • If your game was originally released before July 1st 2021, but has been released on additional platforms as well during the “first release” period, it is up to the jury’s discretion to decide if the new release is unique enough to consider a New Game.
      • Example 1: The PC version of your game has been first released on Steam in 2020. In 2022 you publish a Mobile version of the game with adjusted Free 2 Play economy, new content and a fully adapted control scheme. This game can be considered a new and unique game.
      • The Xbox version of your game has been first released in 2020. In 2022 you publish the game on Switch with an adapted control scheme. This game version will not be considered unique enough for qualification.
  • We do not accept submissions that include content that could be considered racist, sexist, misogynistic, discriminatory, demeaning, hateful, inappropriate, offensive, or in any other way, shape or form hurtful.
  • Any submission may be withdrawn from the competition by the rightful owner or publisher by written request to, containing adequate proof of ownership.

General Rules

  • The Jury will select 3 nominees per Award, but keeps the discretion to select 4 nominees in exceptional cases.
  • All nominees will be notified by email during September 2022. A list of nominees will also be made public through
  • The winners of the awards will be made public during the Dutch Game Award Show on October 6th 2022.
  • All nominees are encouraged to attend the Dutch Game Award Show in person. One ticket to the Show is included in their nomination. Additional tickets may be purchased through the regular ticket sales. 
  • The decision of the jury concerning nominations and winners in each category is final. The jury will not correspond about their decisions.
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