Festival of Games IX – Crossing Over Into New Territories

Amsterdam– November 19th, 2012 – Festival of Games today is proud to announce the first details of the upcoming Festival of Games IX, which will take place in Amsterdam on the 24th and 25th of April 2013. The overarching theme this year will be “Crossing Over Into New Territories”, focusing on the many ways businesses can transgress the borders of the games industry to create new concepts, knowledge and opportunities.

Crossing over into new territory itself, Festival of Games IX will be the first edition to take place in Europe’s number one destination according to Lonely Planet: Amsterdam. More than just a change of environment, Amsterdam is the perfect setting for the internationally oriented Festival of Games. 

The new venue, De Overkant, is conveniently located across the passenger terminal of the Amsterdam Central Station, from which visitors will have no problem tapping into everything this international city with over 177 nationalities has to offer. Next to this, the new setting has also allowed for a close collaboration between Festival of Games and yearly app festival Appril, allowing for a close examination of the fading borders between games and apps.

While the setting may have changed, the core focus of Festival of Games is still to provide its visitors the means to make deals, share knowledge and grow their networks. For the first time, visitors will have the option to do so in three different tracks: Festival of Games for Talent, which aims to connect promising young professionals to fitting companies; Festival of Games for Executives, built around Festival of Games’ unique Pitch and Match and an extensive strong social program; and the Creative Spirit Game Conference, which bridges the gap between the Talent and Executive tracks with inspirational as well as motivational talks. 

“We have spent a lot of time tailoring these tracks to our audience’s needs,” says Festival of Games executive board member Seth van der Meer. “Our goal is to facilitate matchmaking between the right parties in order to help enhance and enrich the games industry, and these three tracks are the perfect way to do just that.”

More information regarding the program of Festival of Games will be announced soon.


The Festival of Games IX will take place on the 24th and 25th of April, 2013. The 2012 event attracted over 1.500 visitors from 650 companies and 24 countries. The Festival of Games aims to facilitate matchmaking between games industry professionals in an effort to help grow the industry as a whole. The Festival of Games is the most effective event for the games industry and combines tracks for business executives, upcoming talent and a conference that bridges the gap With speakers and companies from all over Europe and an explicit focus on business, Festival of Games has established itself as Europe’s number one destination for the games industry. 

The Festival of Games is organized by the NLGD.

The Creative Spirit Game Conference is organized by NLGD and is powered by Creative Spirit.


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