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Jan-Pieter van Seventer, Managing Director of Dutch Game Garden, received the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Dutch Game Awards 2017.
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.”