Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dutch game sector moving

Yesterday was an important dy for the Dutch game sector. The first Dutch game students graduated and Game Entertainment Europe BV attracted two heavy weights to advise the company.

The first Dutch Game Graduates
Four years ago the HKU started the first full time study in game design and development in Europe. Yesterday the first batch of students will receive their BA and MA in Hilversum. At the graduation ceremony the students showed their projects such as videogames and game concepts to the Dutch industry, press and other interested parties. Also assignments for Guerilla Games and Philips were shown. Presentation were made by Jeroen van Mastrigt (Head of the Game Design and Development Department0, Alexander Fernandez (Chair BGIN, CEO of Streamline Studios) and and Peter van Seventer (producer/designer Woedend! Games)

Two heavy weights
Game Entertainment Europe BV announced that Prof. Dr. Willem Vermeend and Eckart Wintzen will join their Advisory Board. Vermeend will chair the Board. The members will be a valuable source of both information and influence and will play an important role in Game Entertainment Europe’s plans for growth in Europe.

Game entertainment Europe's headquarters are based in Amsterdam and the company opened an office in Korea this year. The company offers online community games to gamers in Europe. To offer the best game experience, the games are localised for the European countries. Game Entertainment Europe organises game mastering, user and community support as well as in-game events. Recently, Game Entertainment Europe signed up Martial Heroes which will be launched in Europe in September. Game Entertainment is also participating in a chain of European game cafes.

Prof. Dr. Willem Vermeend
Willem Vermeend is considered as one of the most outstanding specialists in the social-economic, fiscal and financial field. Between 1994 and 2002 Vermeend was a member of the Dutch Parliament, State Secretary of Finance and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. Currently he is senior counsel with Boer & Croon Strategy Management Group and professor of European Fiscal Economics at the University of Maastricht. In addition, Vermeend is Chairman of and member of several public company supervisory boards such as Free Record Shop and Randstad. Besides his professional interest for online gaming he is a passionate gamer himself.

Eckart Wintzen
Eckart Wintzen is an entrepreneur since the early seventies. Amongst others he was founder and CEO of BSO (now called Atos Origin). He led the company from a one man operation to being a worldwide company with 10,000 employees. Eckart is fascinated by virtual communities and the web. Today he is founder and Chairman of the ‘green’ venture capital company called Ex’tent. In this role he is very active in the virtual world. Amongst others he founded and financed the first Video Telephone company making video telephones with real eye contact. Also he founded and financed Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in San Francisco graduating over 500 students a year towards a Bachelor's degree.

Vermeend and Wintzen join the current board members Peter Kentie, marketing director of PSV Eindhoven and founder of, and Prof. Dr. Mark Overmars, heading the Center for Geometry, Imaging and Virtual Environments (GIVE) of the University of Utrecht, Scientific Director of the Center for Advanced Gaming and Simulation and author of the popular game-engine GameMaker.

“We are delighted to have Prof. Dr. Willem Vermeend and Eckart Wintzen in our Advisory Board. Of course their fiscal, financial and management experience but most of all their entrepreneurial spirit will be of great value for our company and help us a great deal to expand our business in Europe” says Richard van Barneveld, CEO of Game Entertainment Europe.


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