Spil games, the world’s largest casual gaming company, announced that it will invest $5 million in developers creating HTML5 games during 2014, as it wants to push the HTML5 platform.
While some industry pioneers, like Mark Zuckerberg remain skeptical about HMTL5, some are more optimistic. Wanda Meloni, president of M2 research said: “HTML5 is finally gaining momentum as more developers view mobile web browsing clearly as a viable development strategy, and we believe 2014 will be the year of HTML5 starts to shine.”
The funds will help developers port existing games to HTML5, enable them to create new games and game elements . The money will also go toward game monetization and marketing those games to Spil Games users.
In an interview with Develop, Spil Games CEO Erik Goossens expressed spil games reasons to support html developers. “We strongly believe HTML5 is an ideal solution as developers can develop their games once and make them available for all platforms – including the app stores – and devices.”
“The future of mobile gaming is about ensuring everybody can easily and instantly access great games at any time from any device. With our strong domain names and localised content we’ve built up a reach of 180 million monthly active users, who we offer simple, free and easy instant satisfaction to via games through their browser.”
December 4th, 2013 by Jasper Smit
If you are reading articles on Holland in the Valley, chances are you are a member of Generation C. Gen C thrives on Connection, Community, Creation and Curation. Eighty-three percent of Gen C have posted a picture they took. But Gen C is selective: only 42 percent post pictures every week.
Do you want to share the best picture of a sunset out of all the beautiful pictures you have ever taken of sunsets? Does the chaos of your photo library seem slightly daunting? Do you wonder why your device can’t just take care of this for you? Well, from now on, it can.
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December 2nd, 2013 by Jasper Smit
New forms of doing business have brought along new forms of marketing and sales. Sales expert Jacco van der Kooij, with 20+ years of sales experience in multinationals as well as start-ups, believes that these developments will lead to a shift in focus for jobs in sales. People working in sales will be more service-oriented and focused on telling a story to the customer: the act of social selling.
The Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco invited Jacco to share his vision on the future of sales and the power of social selling with a very diverse audience consisting founders, mentors and sales experts from both the Netherlands and the US. This particular event was organized to conclude the visit of two Dutch organizations to San Francisco, Hubstart and Voyedge, but it exemplifies many other events organized by our Consulate General.
Under the banner of Holland in the Valley, The Dutch Consulate regularly invites inspiring and knowledgeable speakers to talk about a wide range of topics.
Interested in networking, expanding your horizons, and the learning more about the Netherlands? Check out our events page or join our mailing list.
November 27th, 2013 by Jasper Smit
“Free-to-Play” games are rapidly becoming the standard in gaming. 77 percent of gamers say they prefer this model and freemium games account for roughly two-thirds of total revenue on the iOS games market. The challenge with this model is to get people to become active players and purchase your content. Dutch Startup Kalydo can help game publishers double the conversion rate from “registration to player”, according to GameSamba, a US game publisher.
How do they do it? Kalydo offers a Cloud Gaming experience where popular games can be played instantly from the desktop or in the browser on sites as Facebook, Kongregate and Qzone. Kalydo is the first company that has developed technology to bring “frictionless playing” into action. This sets them apart from companies such as Gaikai and Onlive. Kalydo is streaming games without latency and can deploy games worldwide. To give you a sense of the possibilities: imagine playing an MMO such as World of Warcraft, instantly and frictionless via the platform of your choice.
Since the launch of their Cloud Gaming platform Kalydo has success fully integrated 12 MMO games from which 7 are commercially live today. These downloadable games range from 1Gb to 8Gb in size.
Richard van Barneveld, strategic Director says: “As a small company we are extremely proud that we managed to develop a complete “do it yourself” service platform for game developers which they can use to stream their downloadable games. Nevertheless, we can still send over our SWAT team to speed up the integration process to 2-3 weeks. We can’t wait to expand in the Valley. We see more and more game developers from the US that want to offer easy access to their advance game titles. Currently, it is our goal to meet investors who can help us to realize our ambitious growth plans.”
Want to learn more about Kalydo? You can contact them via Richard@kalydo.com
October 15th, 2013 by Jasper Smit
Amsterdam based company Silk announced a $1.6 million extended seed round investment from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). This recent financing round brings Silk’s total funding to date of $3.7 million.
Silk offers a cloud-based data publishing platform that lets non-technical users easily manage their structured and unstructured content as easy-to-search collections of web pages and visualizations,
To date, 16,000 registered Silk users have created more than 300,000 individual pages using Silk, a tally that is growing at roughly 20 percent monthly. Early adopters have come from a wide range of industries, including digital marketing, venture capital, government, media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
Human Rights Watch (HRW) uses Silk to convert spreadsheets of voting records at the United Nations into a Silk site that lets users generate maps, and charts of every country’s UN voting record on human rights resolutions organized by country, year, region, and specific resolution.
Another Silk powered site provides a birds-eye view on the quickly expanding landscape of commercially available 3D printers by letting its visitors compare multiple printers and their features with an interactive 3D printer table, get weekly or daily summaries of newly added printers and play around with tons of printer statistics and data.
Other users include The Guardian, a global video services provider, a leading American digital marketing agency, a large European Union government agency, and hundreds of startups across the globe.
The startup also announced “Silk for Teams”, the company’s first paid offering. With the new Silk for Teams, Silk allows clients or organizations to build private, secure Silk sites backed by a rapid-response support tier for paid subscription customers.
Read the full press release here.
October 8th, 2013 by Jasper Smit