Last Friday, the Dutch Game Awards announced their 44 nominees in 14 categories. The biggest contender this year is Horizon Zero Dawn, the PS4 game made by Guerrilla. For the first time this year there will be a Virtual Reality category. VR Games do well outside this category as well, with 10 nominations for the other categories. Four companies related to Dutch Game Garden got nominations, as well as six games showcased at our INDIGO event. 

The VR-game The Red Stare by Play:D, that was showcased at INDIGO 2017, got three nominations. The INDIGO games RIVE: Wreck, Hack, Die, Retry!, Arizona Sunshine and Defend Your Friend got nominated as well.

Thinkfast Studio, part of our incubation program, made Cublast HD. This game has been nominated two times. Bolt Storm by Kuality Games, also part of our incubation program, got a nomination in the ‘Best Student Technical Achievement’ category. Ludomotion, another company located in Dutch Game Garden, got nominations for their game Unexplored. The Automatician by DreamPunks, located in Dutch Game Garden Breda, got nominated for ‘Best Student Art Direction’.

VilDu?! a cooperation project by Lapp, de Rading, YipYip and Fontys ICT is a serious game that allows children who were sexually abused to talk about their experiences by helping to make conversation about it easier. It is nominated for ‘Best Serious Game’ and ‘Best Co-Production’.

This year there will also be a Public Award in collaboration with Gamekings. Through their website you can vote for your favorite Dutch game. Herald, an interactive period drama by Wispfire, located in Dutch Game Garden, has also been nominated for this prize. Hidden Folks, playable at INDIGO, by Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg also got nominated for the Public Award.

If you want to attend the Awards Ceremony click here for more information on how to order tickets for the Awards Dinner. The 10th Dutch Game Awards ceremony will take place the evening before First Look.

Here you can find all nominations for the 14 categories that were judged by the Dutch Game Awards judges:

Best Core Entertainment Game
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla
Landfall – Force Field
RIVE: Wreck, Hack, Die, Retry! – Two Tribes

Best Casual Entertainment Game
Circles – Illusive games
Cublast HD – ThinkFast Studio
Fabulous – Angela’s Highschool Reunion – GameHouse

Best Serious Game
Appie Aandeel – &ranj
Blokje Om – Jagaco
Moving Stories – IJsfontein
VilDu?! – Lapp | de Rading | YipYip | Fontys ICT

Best Virtual Reality Game
Arizona Sunshine – Vertigo Games
Landfall – Force Field
Weltatem – WildVreemd / Monobanda

Best Cross-media Game
Hartenjager – Society of Play
The Vault – Sherlocked
Weltatem – WildVreemd / Monobanda

Best Art Direction
Arizona Sunshine – Vertigo Games
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars – Paladin Studios

Best Game Design
Cublast HD – ThinkFast Studio
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars – Paladin Studios
Unexplored – Ludomotion
Wuppo – Knuist & Perzik

Best Technical Achievement
Arizona Sunshine – Vertigo Games
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla
Unexplored – Ludomotion

Best Music & Audio
Circles – Illusive games
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla
Weltatem – WildVreemd / Monobanda

Best Student Game Design
Defend Your Friend – Frenemies – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda
Pool Party Panic – Outlaws Studio – Hogeschool Rotterdam
The Red Stare – Play:D – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda

Best Student Art Direction
Einar – DreamPunks – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda
The Automatician – DreamPunks – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda
The Red Stare – Play:D – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda

Best Student Technical Achievement
Einar – DreamPunks – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda
Bolt Storm – Kuality Games – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda
The Red Stare – Play:D – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda

Best Co-Production
Moving Stories – IJsfontein
VilDu?! – Lapp | de Rading | YipYip | Fontys ICT
Weltatem – WildVreemd / Monobanda

Best Economic Achievement
Appie Aandeel – &ranj
Monster Jam: Crush It! – Team6 Game Studios
Suicide Squad: Special Ops (mobile) – Sticky Studios

 

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