Game developer wins Flanders' entrepreneur Culture Prize

Summary

Ghent game developer Swen Vincke of Larian Studios, responsible for the best-selling Divinity: Original Sin, has won the Flemish Culture Prize for cultural entrepreneurship

One million copies sold

Game developer Swen Vincke has won the 2014 Flemish Culture Prize for cultural entrepreneurship for the success of his game Divinity: Original Sin. Vincke received the award of €12,500 from culture minister Sven Gatz at Antwerp University (UA) earlier this week.

Vincke is CEO of the Ghent software company Larian Studios, specialised in the development of role-playing games (RPGs). Vincke collected nearly $1 million (€1.07 million) through the American crowdfunding website Kickstarter to fund the creation of the game.

Divinity: Original Sin was named the best game of 2014 by leading website GameSpot  and specialised magazines, like PC Gamer, ranked it among the best RPGs of all times. Within two months of its June 2014 release date, it had sold 500,000 copies and has now topped the one million mark.

“Swen Vincke has demonstrated that Flemish game developers have the potential to achieve international success,” said Gatz. “His success story with Larian Studios will stimulate the dynamics of the Flemish game sector.”

The cultural entrepreneurship award, previously known as the cultural management award, is the latest 2014 Flemish Culture Prize to be announced. Cultural leaders in Flanders area awarded the prizes in 13 categories throughout 2014 and 2015.