A brief history of DoubleDutch Games

So today, we’d like to share the story of how DoubleDutch Games was formed.

The story begins back in 2008, when the Dutch game development studio Coded Illusions, while working on an Xbox360 title, went bankrupt at the beginning of the financial crisis. We, Casper and Gert-Jan, were both working at Coded Illusions at that time as a Game Designer and a Programmer respectively. Casper was quickly able to find a new job at the Serious Gaming and Simulation Lab at Delft University of Technology, where he also started working on his Computer Sience Master thesis. Gert-Jan was recommended by Casper to the Game Lab and soon started working there as well.

At this time, we started sharing ideas about making games and turning this into a profitable business. Inspired by the successes of a number of small indie developers and the rise of digital download markets such as Xbox Live Indie Games and the App Store, a business plan emerged which focused on small, high quality downloadable games.

We both believe that there is a need for high quality products in these markets, which are being flooded with low-quality, uninspired, quickly done products with no originality and no passion. We strife to create unique and engaging games for small web- and digital download platforms. Most of all, we are very passioned about making games and we hope to keep doing this for a long time.

With this common ground, the start of DoubleDutch Games was mostly a natural process. Aside from our day jobs at the University, in our spare time, we were working on some personal game projects. Casper was working on SpeedRunner and convinced Gert-Jan to do a part of the programming. As the project was developing, the potential of this game to become a source of income became clear and we decided to make our collaboration more official by starting DoubleDutch Games.

Now we are a long way into the development process of SpeedRunner, and we’ve successfully managed to get some very talented and experienced game developers to help us out. Thus, we’re very excited to see what the future holds in store for both SpeedRunner and DoubleDutch Games.

In the next post, we’ll introduce that team, and we’ll go into details of how and why this team was formed, so check back here soon for more details! Or, you can subscribe to our RSS or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive automatic updates, yay!


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