Who are we?

JP van Seventer

Managing Director

JP left his mark on the very early phases of the Dutch games industry as a designer for console, PC and handheld games. Head of production at W! Games (now Vanguard Games) and professor at the HKU are just a few of his contributions to the field. JP started with the DGG as Development Director, where his experience and knowledge helped many starting companies grow. These days, he is the final boss that guides the strategic direction.

Christel van Grinsven

Operations Manager

Financial reports, budgets, risk analyses, you name it - Christel can do it.  With her ample experience with (semi-)governmental organizations that stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, this number-lover is always ready to guide Dutch Game Garden safely through the turbulent ocean of multiannual management plans. This helps us to stay energetic, sharp and focused on our core target group: startups in the games industry.

Eline Muijres

Communications Manager

Eline is completely at home in the world of (indie) games, and can usually be found at every related event. Eline has a background in PR, marketing, and production, previously at independent game studio Game Oven, known for Bounden and Fingle. With her experiences of the inner workings of a small game studio, she aims to spread knowledge about game business topics to indie developers. Within DGG, Eline’s activities include supporting and connecting people, managing the website and social media channels, editing, and dealing with the content side of DGG events. 

Christian Batist

Business Developer

Christian has more than 20 years of experience in Business Development in games and media. He introduced Habbo Hotel to the Netherlands and became SVP Marketing for the company behind Habbo, Sulake Corporation. Since then, Christian has worked around the world as an independent consultant for more than 50 game companies, including Stardoll, Spil Games, Nickelodeon, Studio 100, and WildWorks. At DGG, he’s your guy for everything related to Business Development and Monetization.

Sabina Dirks

Event Manager

With Sabina, the organization of any event is in capable hands. She has done marketing with Steamline Studios and was part of the organization of Casual Connect Europe and Got Game Conference. She also runs her own event management company: Eventina. All of her experience is well placed at Dutch Game Garden, where Sabina runs events such INDIGO, pitch trainings, and Summer Game Dev.

Marilla Valente

Project Manager

Marilla has a broad range of experiences in the educational setting as a project coordinator, researcher and lecturer. Having a background in psychology and training, she is the bridge between research, education and the industry, having focused on topics such as innovation and growth in the creative industry, applied games, validation, and game jams.  Her international background and network provide her with a unique perspective in the industry.