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Why is The Dutch gaming industry a bubble?

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THE BOEKMAN FOUNDATION PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY, 2016 A BLOG ABOUT SUCCESS OF THE GAMING SECTOR IS A BUBBLE. The gaming industry would be an innovative growth sector, but now it appears that sales figures were FALSE. For 1600 graduates each year there are just 60 jobs.m

MANY WERE LURED TO TRAINING UNDER FALSE PRETENSES, WRITES THE NEWSPAPER NRC. NRC journalists spoke with a dozen people from the Dutch gaming industry – students, game makers, funding agencies, a former game-professor, the president of the association. These talks pictured a sector that couldn’t fulfill for years these hyped expectations. It is not going well in the gaming sector is evident from the Games Monitor 2015, a research report on the state of affairs in the sector, which was published.

THE DUTCH GAME INDUSTRY HAS MANY YEARS EXAGGERATED EXCESSIVE GROWTH. The total sales in the sector – somewhere between 155 and 225 million – grew in five years hardly.

In other words 110 game companies went bankrupt during that period or stopped with games. It’s a stark contrast to the success that the past decade in the media, on the opening day of training game, was proclaimed in grant and public relations brochures, according to NRC.

THE FORMER TRADE UNION FOR THE CREATIVE SECTOR FNVKIEM has focused for years on the gaming industry. In fact they hoped that the gaming industry would be a new market to get lots of new TRADE UNION members. Of course that never happened and now we know why.

THEREFORE THE GAMING SECTOR IS A GREAT EXAMPLE HOW THEY MANIPULATE NUMBERS FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT. IN THIS CASE HOW PEOPLE WERE LURED TO TRAINING UNDER FALSE PRETENSES TO GET STUDENTS OR GET FUNDING.

Overall I was lured to training 2 times in my life. When I was 18 years old I went to art school and studied publicity and graphic design. To begin with GRAPHIC DESIGN was a whole new market with plenty of jobs they told me then.

After all this was of course not the case. Until now the JOBS in the graphic industry were not at all available. THERE IS AT THE PRESENT TIME A GREAT UNFAIR COMPETITION FOR SCARCE WELL-PAID JOBS IN THE (CREATIVE) INDUSTRY IN THE NETHERLANDS.

In 2005 I graduated as a teacher training art and design. Again I was lured to training and assured by the director of this education department that when you are finally graduated, there would be more then enough jobs for all.

ON THE WHOLE I WAS AGAIN LURED LURED TO TRAINING. ALL IN ALL WHEN I WAS GRADUATED THERE WERE OF COURSE NO JOB IN ARTS EDUCATION AT ALL!

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. John Wooden

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Jacqueline van der Venne Visual artist

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