GDC is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

View, browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by day, pass type, topic, and format. With this Session Viewer, you can view GDC 2023 session details and speakers, and share your favorites via social media. You will be able to build your schedule and access it during the show via export or Mobile App, once live. Sessions do fill up and seating is first come, first serve, so arrive early to sessions that you would like to attend.

Get Over Here! The Case for Flanders as a Prime Ecosystem for Game Dev Talent (Presented by Flanders Investment & Trade)

Wim Sohier  (Science & Technology Counselor, Flanders Investment & Trade - Palo Alto)

Minister Benjamin Dalle  (Minister of Media, Government of Flanders)

David Verbruggen  (General Manager, FLEGA - Flemish Game Association)

Rik Leenknegt  (General Manager, Flanders Game Hub)

Jason Della Rocca  (Co-Founder, Execution Labs)

Dirk Van Welden  (Managing and Creative Director, I-Illusions & Foampunch)

Location: Room 3001, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 22

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Business & Marketing, Programming

Format: Sponsored Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: All

Flanders Investment & Trade

Through select investments in a unique combination of support structures and intensive stakeholder collaboration, the Flanders region of Belgium has established an ecosystem providing potential game developers with world-class education, specific creative and business coaching, public funding for video game prototyping, production and promotion, a tax incentive stimulating private investments and an array of international showcasing and pitching opportunities.

Benjamin Dalle, Flemish Minister for Media, will outline the key elements of this ecosystem and discuss their importance in a cozy fireside chat with these industry veterans: David Verbruggen (Flemish game association), Rik Leenknegt (HOWEST DAE and Flanders Game Hub) and a local game developer, moderated by Jason Della Rocca (game cluster expert).


A better understanding of the Flemish ecosystem for video games. This structure includes education, access to public and private financial support, creative and business coaching.

Intended Audience

Investors and international game companies keen on investing in a vibrant and upcoming video game ecosystem, game developers interested in starting their own development company or joining a startup development company, game companies unafraid to set up shop in the heart of Europe, students interested in pursuing a higher video game education.