Jan-Pieter van Seventer, Managing Director of Dutch Game Garden, received the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Dutch Game Awards 2017. Games from companies in our incubation program received awards as well. 

It is the first time that the award was granted, in honor of the ten year anniversary of the Dutch Game Awards. Anyone in the game industry was able to select an individual or company that had the most important contribution to the Dutch game industry in the last ten years. From these suggestions, the organization of the award show nominated three people: in addition to JP, Mark Overmars and Martin de Ronde were also nominated.

About JP van Seventer

JP van Seventer has nearly twenty years of experience in the game industry, focusing on design, art, management and business development. JP was co-founder of W!Games (My Horse & Me) and worked at Davilex Games (KnightRider, Redcat, Amsterdoom), Overloaded (Fantom Overdrive) and Lunagames (Subway). He’s a member of the Creative Council of the Dutch Top Sector Creative Industries, a former member of the GATE game research advisory board, and was a game design teacher at the Utrecht University of the Arts (HKU).  JP started working at Dutch Game Garden as a Development Director in 2008, where he supported many young game companies with his experience and knowledge. Since 2014, he is Managing Director, determining the strategic direction of Dutch Game Garden. Every day JP connects, helps and advises countless professionals, starters, and companies within the game industry and beyond. “I get a lot of energy from guiding ambitious people and helping them discover their place in the industry,” he says.

JP is grateful for the support of his wife, the inspiration of his parents and his highly motivated team. Additionally, he also thanks his former colleagues at Dutch Game Garden and Davilex, as well as the local and regional authorities. “This award is not just a recognition for me, but also for the visible and invisible work we do as Dutch Game Garden. Thanks to the support of the Province of Utrecht, the municipality of Utrecht and the Economic Board Utrecht, I can devote myself to my mission to help starting game developers with entrepreneurship.”

Dutch Game Garden thanks Mark Overmars and Martin de Ronde

Dutch Game Garden would like to thank Martin de Ronde and Mark Overmars for their contribution to the Dutch game industry. Martin de Ronde was director of Lost Boys Games, which was merged in 2003 into Guerrilla Games, the largest game studio in the Netherlands. There, he saw the start of the successful Killzone franchise on PlayStation 2, 3 and 4. Later, Martin became Creative Director at Vanguard Games, now known as VR company Forcefield. Additionally, he founded OneBigGame, a non-profit publisher that aids in the development of games with other noted developers for the benefit of charitable organizations.

Mark Overmars was the founder of research and education in game technology at Utrecht University. As the developer of the GameMaker software, Mark has made a big impact on many developer, students, and hobbyists worldwide. Renowned game developers used GameMaker to make successful games like Nuclear Throne, Spelunky, Undertale, Hyper Light Drifter, Gunpoint, Nidhogg and Hotline Miami. Mark was the founder/owner of several game companies, including YoYo Games, Tingly Games, CoolGames, and Qlvr. At the moment, he is working on a community platform for fans and musicians at his start-up Fans4Music.

Without the efforts of Mark Overmars and Martin de Ronde, Dutch Game Garden wouldn’t be where it is now. They were co-responsible for the establishment of DGG and board members in the first phase of the game incubator.

Dutch Game Garden congratulates all winners of the Dutch Game Awards.
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The winners of the Dutch Game Awards 2017

Best Core Entertainment Game
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

Best Casual Entertainment Game
Circles – Illusive Games

Best Serious Game
VilDu?! – Lapp | de Rading | YipYip | Fontys ICT

Best Virtual Reality Game
Arizona Sunshine – Vertigo Games & Jaywalkers Interactive

Best Cross-media Game
Weltatem – WildVreemd / Monobanda

Best Art Direction
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

Best Game Design
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars – Paladin Studios

Best Technical Achievement
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

Best Music & Audio
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

Best Student Game Design
The Red Stare – Play:D – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda

Best Student Art Direction
The Red Stare – Play:D – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda

Best Student Technical Achievement
Bolt Storm – Kuality Games – NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda

Best Co-Production
Weltatem – WildVreemd / Monobanda

Best Economic Achievement
Monster Jam: Crush It! – Team6 Game Studios

Gamekings Award
Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jan-Pieter van Seventer – Managing Director of Dutch Game Garden, and former Lecturer at Utrecht University of the Arts, Production Director and co-founder W! Games, Game Designer/Artist Lunagames, Lead Artist/Level Designer at Davilex


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