The 10th edition of the Dutch Game Awards took place on the evening of the 6th of October, revealing Horizon Zero Dawn as the big winner of the evening. The game, made by Guerrilla Games from Amsterdam, won 5 awards – Best Core Entertainment Game, Best Art Direction, Best Technical Achievement, Best Music & Audio, and the audience choice Gamekings Award. This is a winning streak for Guerrilla Games, who earned the distinction of having the first video game win a Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival a week earlier. Horizon Zero Dawn is also the second highest selling Playstation 4 game of all time.
Virtual reality games were another success story at the Dutch Game Awards. Winning the trophy for Best VR Game was Arizona Sunshine by Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive. In this game, your goal is to try and survive while the zombie apocalypse breathes down your neck. Going home with not one but two awards was Weltatem, a virtual reality experience that lets audiences sing opera by playing a game. Weltatem won Best Cross Media Game and the Best Co-Production Award as a result of its collaboration between six organisations, among which Wildvreemd en Monobanda Play. In the student category, another virtual reality game also won two awards. The Red Stare by team Play:D from the NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda won Best Student Art Direction and Best Student Game Design. The game places players in the role of a Cold War spy trying to uncover communist spies. The VR stake out room in the game immerses players through its great attention to detail.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Dutch Game Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award was given out for the first time. It was awarded to JP van Seventer from the Dutch Game Garden. For a decade now the Dutch Game Awards have been organised by ImproVive, to highlight the quality and diversity of the Dutch game industry. The special anniversary edition of the show kicked off First Look Festival in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, and was hosted by Gamekings host Skate. A total of 16 awards were handed out, for both entertainment and serious games.
The Dutch Game Awards have been made possibly by contributions from the the Ministerie van OC&W and from many patrons from the game industry.
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Best Core Entertainment Game
Best Casual Entertainment Game
Best Serious Game
Best Virtual Reality Game
Best Cross-media Game
Best Art Direction
Best Game Design
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars – Paladin Studios
Best Technical Achievement
Best Music & Audio
Best Student Game Design
Best Student Art Direction
Best Student Technical Achievement
Best Economic Achievement
Audience Choice Award
Industry Choice Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jan-Pieter van Seventer – Directeur Dutch Game Garden, and previously Lecturer at HKU, Production Director and co-founder W! Games, Game Designer/Artist Lunagames, Lead Artist/Level Designer at Davilex