What is Dutch Game Garden?
Dutch Game Garden (DGG) is a game incubator in Utrecht that has supported over 230 game studios. Since 2008, the organization’s mission has been to create job opportunities and economic growth by supporting the Dutch game industry and promoting entrepreneurship. Dutch Game Garden helps promising game startups by providing knowledge through events, incubation, and workshops as well as access to an ever-expanding network of industry professionals through its events, matchmaking, and affordable office space. Read more here.
How does Dutch Game Garden help game developers?
- Housing – DGG support studios with finding affordable housing in Utrecht creating a community where active exchange of knowledge, contacts, and assignments leads to more activity, visibility, and success.
- 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 INDIGO 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.
What kind of companies does Dutch Game Garden support?
- Dotslash, the ecosystem of which DGG is part of, 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, and Linux, and Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo platforms.
- They are mostly small to medium-sized studios making full use of current technologies available, such as digital distribution and accessible tools for game development.
Do you only house game studios?
- Most companies at Dotslash are related to games, but to a lesser extent they 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 Dotslash 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? Please contact us.
- Do you want to make a business appointment? Please contact us.
- 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 2008, we have housed over 230 companies and had over 100 game startups in our incubation program.
- These activities have created approximately 400 job opportunities.
- We connected hundreds of companies, students, starters, and other parties. This includes the matchmaking 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 organize events like the monthly Network Lunch and the INDIGO showcase, helping game developers get exposure and access to a network of game industry experts.
- We organized many masterclasses, game jams, showcases, and workshops.
- In 2017, our Managing Director JP van Seventer won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dutch Game Awards for his contributions to the Dutch game industry.
What other things has Dutch Game Garden accomplished?
- Dutch Game Garden is a key founder of the Dutch Games Association.
- We are one of the parties responsible for Dutch game industry presence at international trade fairs.
- We represent the Dutch game industry and contribute to its visibility in media. We were mentioned and participated in more than 1400 articles on websites, newspapers, magazines, and radio and television items.
- We also regularly educate and inform various dignitaries, such as the Prime Minister, royal commissioners, mayors, international delegations of ambassadors, journalists, researchers, and 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 have over 9000 people in our community on social media.
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.
Who lobbies for the Dutch games industry?
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.
- Do you want to hire a team to develop your game? Please consider the points outlined in this article to check if your idea has the right scope and budget to go into production. We can help you find experienced game studios – read more here.
- 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.
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