Barendrechts Dagblad | The largest gaming companies in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is very big in online gaming. More than 3,000 people are active in companies involved in the delivery, development or distribution of online games, and this number is increasing every year. Still, it is a sector that is getting some attention. So little that the biggest collaboration (Dutch Game Garden) is still a government project aimed at raising awareness of the online gaming world.

Sixth in Europe, but the percentages are relatively low
Measured by market size, the Netherlands is in sixth place in Europe. It seems like a solid assessment in the gaming industry, but looking ahead, it’s still quite disappointing. Holland’s total market share in this market is only 4%, and this is directly one of the reasons why the government has paid extra attention to the further development of this industry in the Netherlands.

The number of higher education programs has therefore grown significantly in recent years. Where you used to go for graphic design and programming, you can now go to 11 schools for targeted training to work within one of the companies that make or distribute games.

More than 330 companies active in the market
In the Netherlands, we find more than 330 companies focusing on developing games that can be played online or not. You can think of names like Engine Software from Doetinchem, Pixel Pixies and Grendel Games (both from Leeuwarden) and Jolly Jellyfish from Groningen. The list is, of course, many times longer; Wikipedia provides an overview of current businesses and companies that no longer exist (for various reasons). There you can also see if you come across local businesses, although the chance is quite small.

The list mainly consists of software developers who make games for mobile devices and casual games. It is also striking that the supply of indie and core games is relatively high.

Weren’t we known as casino software developers?
Within the largest software developers in the Netherlands, we also find developers of casino games. Stakelogic is one of the biggest names in this because this developer’s games can be found at various casinos. Names like Holland Power Gaming and Gammastack are also increasingly on the top charts. The latter is especially popular as it offers complete casino integration, making it easier for operators to choose the Dutch software. For example, at Gammastack you can go directly to sports betting, but also the very popular live casino.

In live casinos you play digitally with a real dealer or croupier. According to experts, this is the future of online gambling as it should mimic the ‘real casino experience’. Experience everything about playing live casino games if you want to watch it for yourself. Whether it’s via the Gammastack software.

What can we expect in the coming years?
Let’s take a step back and look at the Dutch Game Garden. This project was established in Utrecht in 2008, and has since grown into a project with dozens of successful gaming companies working hard on further expansion. It not only creates more jobs, it also creates more demand for companies in the industry. After all, cooperation is very common in this sector. As the government is still behind the project and provides financial resources and backbone, this is a project that plays an important role in the development.

At the same time, we must remain realistic. The Dutch market share (certainly with our knowledge economy) is not good enough. Major titles from the Netherlands are missing, which is partly due to the fact that professionals quickly seek refuge abroad (eg with major developers such as Evolution Gaming and TiMi Studios (the largest developer in the world). We can therefore safely say that the Dutch gaming companies will continue to grow in the near future, but the podium places are really not something for us in the coming years.

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