The curtain is slowly closing on gamescom 2017. As the focus of the fair shifts to the entertainment area, a lot of trade visitors have already packed their backs. While there are still a lot of Belgians strutting their stuff on the consumer floor, we can safely say the ever growing Belgian games industry can look back at the most succesful edition ever.
We’re especially happy that our developers got a ton of mainstream media coverage. Both VRT and VTM did a report on gamescom on the evening news, including footage of the games and interviews with the developers. VTM news also selected five Belgian games you shouldn’t miss on their website, that they covered in a bit more detail.
Every major newspaper devoted one or more articles to gamescom and made sure to include one or more stories on the Belgian game developers. This weekend De Tijd will print a major story on our adventure in Cologne as well, for which they interviewed our own David Verbruggen. We also did a prime-time live interview with radio channel MNM.
As most reports stressed the growing importance of video games in general and the Belgian games industry in particular, we can only hope this marks the beginning of more regular mainsteam coverage of our beautiful industry.
This type of coverage could’ve never been possible without the combined effort of all partners involved. Thanks everyone. You know who you are.
Last but certainly not least: two Belgian studios managed to score a very big win. The Almost Gone by Happy Volcano was named the best game at The Big Indie Pitch and got elected as 1 of the 11 best games at gamescom by renowned newspaper The Guardian, while Ary and the Secret of Seasons by eXiin received the award for Best Unity Game. Congratulations all!