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What is Dutch Game Garden?
Dutch Game Garden is a game incubator and business center with multiple locations in the Netherlands, housing 40+ game studios. Our mission is to create economic growth by supporting the Dutch games industry and promote entrepreneurship.
How does Dutch Game Garden help game developers?
- Through the creation of an ecosystem where active exchange of knowledge, contacts, and assignments leads to more activity, visibility, and success.
- Supporting and helping students and start-ups by providing them know-how and insights into entrepreneurship and game business.
- Organizing various events, workshops, classes, and showcases for game developers and students.
- Through the initiation, facilitation and execution of innovation projects.
What kind of companies does Dutch Game Garden house?
- DGG houses a huge variety of game companies. Large, small, international, developers of entertainment games as well as applied games.
- They develop games for tablets, smartphones, and browsers, as well as PC, Mac, Linux, Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo.
- They are mostly young, small to medium sized studios making full use of current technologies available, such as digital distribution and accessible tools for game development.
- There is a continuous waitlist for interested companies who would like to be housed by us.
Do you only house game studios?
- Most companies at DGG are related to games, but to a lesser extent we also house companies focused on app development, online campaigns, and interactive design.
- We believe that an ecosystem becomes more effective with variation. There’s a strong feeling of community within the companies here.
- They often visit each other to exchange knowledge, and sometimes even hire each other for specific projects.
- This community-driven entrepreneurship fits well with the attitude of these young professionals: they believe that the achievement of one will benefit the other as well.
What kind of support do you offer to these companies?
- Besides offering attractive office spaces, we guide a number of young starters through our incubation program.
- This is a program for ambitious young studios who, thanks to our efforts, grow healthily with access to facilities and a network of experts and peers in the industry.
- We offer advice when they ask for it (and also when they don’t), match companies with mentors, and help to boost the entrepreneurial skills of these creative starters.
- All the companies in our business center profit from each other’s proximity, the events we organize, and our matchmaking activities.
That sounds interesting! Can I visit?
- Do you want to rent one of our office spaces? Use this registration form. Do you want to make a business appointment? Use our contact form. We’ll see how we can help you.
- Although we understand that a hub of game studios sounds exciting, we receive such a huge amount of visit requests from primary and secondary schools, fans, game lovers, and other interested people, that we unfortunately must refuse non business-related visits.
- Please remember that young entrepreneurs at Dutch Game Garden are working extremely hard every day on their wonderful games. Our efforts are primarily focused on facilitating and supporting that.
What results has Dutch Game Garden achieved?
- Since our inception, we have housed over 130 companies, a large amount of which has grown both in terms of employees and housing needs.
- These activities have created approximately 300 job opportunities.
- We have given more than 500 consultancies to companies, students, starters, and other parties. This includes the coupling of clients and customers, job seekers and employers, peers to one another, companies searching for legal experts, students looking for internships, and so forth.
- We help professionals and students in the games industry through our many activities and events. One of the most popular events is the monthly DGG network lunch, another being the INDIGO showcase, where we present the work of game developers to the public as well as professionals.
- We additionally organize masterclasses, game jams, showcases, and workshops.
What other things has Dutch Game Garden accomplished?
- Dutch Game Garden is a key founder of the Dutch sector association of the games industry, the Dutch Games Association.
- We are also one of the driving forces in the Netherlands of new innovations in the fields of elderly care and patient safety, among other things.
- We are also one of the parties responsible for Dutch sector presence at international trade fairs over the last few years.
- Through participation in more than 1250 articles on websites, newspapers, magazines, and radio and television items, we contribute to the visibility of the industry.
- We also regularly educate and inform various dignitaries, such as the Prime Minister, royal commissioners, mayors, international delegations of ambassadors, journalists, researchers, and of course companies.
- We have launched our own online video courses about game business for starting game developers and students, which you can learn more about here.
We keep more than 6000 interested people up-to-date via our social media channels and newsletter.
Dutch Games Industry
Do you have more information about the Dutch games industry?
Certainly! You can read a complete research and analysis in the Games Monitor. The Games Monitor presents an overview of the economic development of the Dutch games industry. Besides number and size of companies, jobs and game students, the report looks into the trends and developments for applied and entertainment games in the Netherlands. Analysis of a survey and discussions with experts were used to provide a more in-depth analysis of the challenges the industry faces to achieve growth. Some quick facts:
- The number of game studios in the Netherlands grew from 320 studios in 2011 to 455 studios in 2015. In the same period, 110 game companies closed their doors.
- There are 3030 professionals working in the Dutch games industry.
- The average number of employees is 7.
- Almost half (44%) of all Dutch game development companies are involved in applied games.
- Over 60% of Dutch game companies saw a growth in revenues, with an aggregated turnover of €155-225 million. However, most profits are modest (up to €100,000).
- The number of full-time game programs in educational institutions has increased by 25% from 35 in 2012 to 44 in 2015.
- The annual outflow of all game students has grown to approximately 1600 for fulltime and parttime courses combined.
- View the complete Games Monitor report here.
I'm looking for a job!
I'm looking for an internship!
I'm recruiting people for my company. Where can I find talent?
I'm looking for game studios to start a project with. Do you have recommendations?
I have a game idea!
- We have multiple locations filled with creative professionals that have dozens of good game ideas every day. Having an idea is not unique – everyone has ideas for games. You need additional skills if you want to work in the games industry. We recommend reading this article and this graphic.
- Do you want to hire a team to develop your game? Look at the company overview on our website to see all the companies. Before contacting them, please consider the points outlined in this article to check if your idea has the right scope and budget to go into production.
- Do you want to learn more about game business? We have launched our own online video courses about game business for starting game developers and students, which you can learn more about here.