We make games because we love making people smile – be it a sweet twinkle, loud laugh or evil grin.
Paladin is a small independent game studio based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Our goal is to put a smile on people’s faces. To do this, we make worlds and tell stories, and let people take part in them. In other words, we make games. Good games, not crappy ones.
Paladin has been founded in 2005, when freelance programmers Derk de Geus and Dylan Nagel joined forces to build a “kick ass development studio”. The company quickly established itself as a creative development house. Since then, Paladin has successfully completed dozens of projects for a lot of clients.
Apart from client work, we are an independent developer. This means we make our own games and publish them through different channels.
We primarily make games for smartphones and tablets. For our clients, we deliver games for iOS, Android, Facebook, PC, Mac, and other platforms.
Meet Paladin’s Knights of the Round Table, in order of appearance:
Derk de Geus
Derk has a background in media design and animation. He co-founded Paladin in 2005. As Knight of the Round Table he is responsible for strategy, business development, marketing, and creative direction for Paladin’s games. Derk is curious for everything, and has a silly sense of humor.
Niels van Egmond
Niels started as artist, but quickly found his way to shader- and Unity programming. He is a real people manager, and has experience in both the creative and technical challenges of game development.
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Jimmy de Meza
Our do-it-all veteran artist, Jimmy is a gifted game artist with a passion for all things colorful. He just as easily works on 3D game environments and graphic user interfaces, and then switches to illustration, rigging, animation and texturing. Without so much as blinking.
Judith is the organizing force in the company. With a get-it-done attitude and a sharp mind, she manages all the nitty-gritty organizational aspects of the company. She seemingly does this without a written to-do list, never forgets a thing, and is cheerful as ever.
Jens van de Water
Jens graduated from the University of Utrecht, where he got his master’s degree in Game & Media Technology. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. In his code, he adds as many formulas as possible. He loves to make things complicated. Otherwise he is an extremely regular guy.
Thijs is a recently graduated programmer who studied Communication & Multimedia Design-Informatics at the HAN University of Applied Science. A programmer by nature, who loves to write code in his spare time. Preferably while watching series or movies on his second screen.
Benjamin is born and raised in Dordrecht, a city close to Rotterdam where he studied Game Art. Benjamin is the go-to man when it comes to static objects, especially vehicles. Music is his second passion, and he often seizes the opportunity to do some music in our games.
Johannes is the Swiss Army Knife of Paladin. Equipped with useful skills, tools and enthusiasm he knows how to survive in the jungle of game design and product management. A MacGyver kinda guy who embraces both complexity and simplicity.
Meet the guy who tries to market the beautiful, life-changing and super creative products (try them!) the people above are creating. Stein is the ‘marketing-guy’ of Paladin and is often lovingly referred as ‘the dark side’ by his coworkers. Something he constantly tries to brighten up with puns and jokes.
Stephan van der Plaat
He graduated at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem, where he studied Communication & Multimedia Design. He’s able to work with a quite diverse set of tools. He has been focusing on the production of 3D props for games or animation with an interest for aesthetically pleasing.
Jonathan Barbosa Dijkstra
Jonathan studied Game Design at the Utrecht School of Arts. During his time there he worked on many projects, even award winning ones. He joined Paladin as a game designer but quickly grew to take on the mantle of product owner as well.
Ilona van Oudenaarden
Iloan is an illustrator and 2d artist whose work can be described as cute subjects with fresh and bright colors. She’s enthusiastic, likes a good laugh and Japan is her inspiration and playground.
He’s a 22 year old Gameplay Programmer, who just started his 4th year of study of International Game Architecture & Design (IGAD) at NHTV University of applied sciences in Breda. At Paladin he works as a unity developer for our upstarting project. Glenn will be with us for 5 months to complete his internship.
Kim de Vrijer
All day long Kim is secretly watching her screensaver with Arthur on it, the mascot of Paladin who she fell in love with the first day at Paladin Studios. “He is sooo cute” she says. Kim thinks she’s also quite “normal” and down to earth (yeah right). As Junior Communication & Marketing she thinks about the strategy of campaigns and she keeps the website, blog…………………………… and social media up to date.