BREDA, THE NETHERLANDS, May 19, 2021 – Breda Game City officially announces its existence today! Breda Game City Foundation focuses on local opportunities and aims to create a professional, healthy, and creative environment for the dynamic video games industry in Breda.

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Breda Game City Foundation

Breda Game City (BGC) was founded by a diverse team of experts who feel connected because of the collective realization that there are many untapped possibilities and opportunities for the video game industry in Breda.

Matthijs van de Laar – Chairman of BGC and Co-Founder Twirlbound “During my training and the start-up phase of our game studio, I discovered how useful a local community can be and how this could be further improved in Breda. Such a community is not only useful for game developers among themselves, but also the involvement and support of local parties such as the municipality of Breda are extremely valuable at this stage. With Breda Game City, we are committed to making it easier for starters and existing companies to utilize these lines, capitalize on the opportunities and partially relieve developers so that they can focus more on developing games.”

The foundation’s goal is to put Breda and the Southern Dutch region on the map both nationally and internationally. They do this by making the versatile Breda talent visible and by looking up and / or creating the ideal factors, opportunities and activities for new and existing companies in Breda.

An important partner for the organization is the Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas). Robbie Grigg director of “BUas Academy for Games and Media” praises this initiative: “We are pleased with the establishment of Breda Game City. After graduation, most students leave for game studios overseas or elsewhere in the country, but Breda has all the important ingredients for a game development hub: brilliant alumni, a perfect location in Europe with excellent travel connections, affordable infrastructure and the distinctive Dutch work ethic combined with a high quality of life. Breda Game City is a great step to support more student startups such as Twirlbound and Stitch Heads and to attract larger game studios to the city.”

The Municipality of Breda is also involved as a partner, as it wants to develop as an International Hotspot for Applied Technology and Creativity. Part of this is working with companies and knowledge institutions to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. Breda Game City fits in well with this and the municipality has already pledged its support for the coming years.

Alderman for Economy, Social Affairs, International and Business Management Boaz Adank about the role of the municipality: “Breda has the ambition to become the hub of the South for Applied Technology and Creativity. Together with Breda Game City, we will work to make the business climate in Breda as attractive as possible for this sector. There are great opportunities in Breda to enrich the existing creative community with companies that focus on the development of games. In times where gamification and serious gaming are experiencing enormous growth, this branch cannot be missed in Breda. Certainly, also because we train the talents in this field in our city.”

About Breda Game City

Breda Game City is a non-profit organization that focuses on stimulating the video games industry in Breda and creating a professional, healthy, and creative environment for the industry.

The starting board consists of: Matthijs van de Laar (Chairman), Prof. dr. Mata Haggis-Burridge (Treasurer), René Otto (Secretary), Jitske Habekotté (Board Member) and Laura van de Mast (Board Member). In addition to the ties with the municipality of Breda and the BUas, Breda Game City also has partnerships with Van Iersel Luchtman Advocaten and Copernica.

Breda is in the south of the Netherlands, near Eindhoven, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam, and benefits from excellent international travel connections, but with a higher standard of living and lower costs than the Randstad. Breda benefits from one of the world’s top-rated video game courses; BUas – Breda University of Applied Sciences.