What is it that we do?
Some of the most talented game studios from the Netherlands call (or have called) Dutch Game Garden their home. Examples include Abbey Games (Reus, Renowned Explorers), Vlambeer (Ridiculous Fishing, Nuclear Throne), RageSquid (Action Henk), Digital Dreams (Metrico+), Active Cues (Tovertafel) and Ronimo Games (Awesomenauts, Swords & Soldiers). The assorted mix of creativity is what makes Dutch Game Garden a prime hub for game development in the Netherlands.
Our main activities include:
- Incubation – our program that helps promising game startups with business development and entrepreneurship.
- Agency – our matchmaking service that helps game studios find publishers and work-for-hire projects.
- Events – we organize events like the Network Lunch and INDIGOx to help game developers get exposure and access to a network of game industry experts.
- Games Monitor – the research report with an overview of the economic development of the Dutch games industry.
Dutch Game Garden is involved with several other projects to foster innovation, promote the exchange of information, and support the Dutch game industry. All these activities make Dutch Game Garden unique in the Netherlands and abroad.
In the early 2000s, the education system in the Netherlands saw an emergence in courses aimed at game design, development, and art. Universities and vocational schools started producing game graduates looking for jobs, as well as starting companies themselves. These educational institutions, together with industry experts, Taskforce Innovation and the financial support of the Province and City of Utrecht, founded Dutch Game Garden in 2008. DGG started with 12 companies and grew to 40+ studios over the years, providing an incubation program that propelled promising startups into global award-winning game studios. In 2010, DGG introduced the annual INDIGO showcase, an interactive exhibition of the most outstanding Dutch video games, which turned into an international event in 2016. Since 2019, INDIGO has expanded beyond its showcase, also focusing on game business. DGG started the matchmaking service Game Garden Agency in 2018 to help game developers find publishers and work-for-hire projects.
Results & Impact
Dutch Game Garden has a measurable impact on the growth of the Dutch game sector. Over the years, DGG has housed over 130 game companies, with over 70 game start-ups in the incubation program, creating and assisting 350+ games companies and over 4000 game development students with training programs, events, matchmaking, education, recruitment, and lobbying. These efforts boosted the game development community and helped a significant number of game studios grow into successful and award-winning companies. Dutch Game Garden currently can reach to over 10000 contacts in all its database and social media combined and maintains close relations to the 40+ game educational programs in the Netherlands. In October 2017, Dutch Game Garden’s Managing Director JP van Seventer won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dutch Game Awards for his contributions to the Dutch game industry.