Sangho Grolleman: CEO of Cryptopia, Developer and Entrepreneur

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Sangho Grolleman

Sangho Grolleman’s Profile Bio

Sangho Grolleman is the CEO of Cryptopia, a free-to-play-and-earn blockchain game that is 100% decentralized, easy to start, fair and sustainable, and fun to play. He is an experienced entrepreneur, digital marketer, full-stack developer, teacher, and trainer.

Sangho Grolleman entered the cryptocurrency world in 2018 and has been an avid gamer for over 30 years. The veteran gamer believes Cryptopia is uniquely positioned to leverage blockchain technology in the Metaverse game.

Image source: Sangho Grolleman, CEO of Cryptopia

Early Years and Education

Sangho Grolleman started with a Master’s in International Economics and Economic Geography from Utrecht University, followed by international exposure at Chulalongkorn University and language courses at Sogang University. 

This educational background laid the foundation for his global perspective that later translated into his innovative ventures. In 2019-2020, Sangho added a Full Stack Web Development Associate’s degree to his arsenal. His pursuit of knowledge continued with a Master of Online Persuasion at Online Dialogue in 2015.

Professional Experience

Sangho is the Chief Executive Officer of Cryptopia, a blockchain-based defi metaverse game. He also worked as a Leerkracht PO at TWijs as a part-time employee from February 2021 to February 2022. Sangho Grolleman was a full-stack developer at Mean and Lean Dev from 2020 to 2022. During his time, he learned to code in the stack HTML/CSS, JS, Python, Flask, Django, and (non)SQL.

He was also a Chief Executive Officer at Bullex.eu European Crypto Exchange in 2019-2020. Bullex.eu is a European cryptocurrency exchange created by crypto investors for crypto investors.  Sangho was a Former Chief of Getting Things Done (COO) at DCORP.it – Democratizing Venture Capital in 2018-2019. In the COO role in a decentralized organization, he was Responsible for daily operations.

He worked as a Director Of Analytics at AmaStar in 2018-2019. AmaStar is a blockchain-based platform where anyone can upload their content – and get paid for it.  His tenure as a strategic marketing advisor for ExoLover Pty Ltd from June 2018 – February 2019 showcased his ability to explore diverse sectors.

Gaming Enthusiast

Sangho Grolleman has a gaming journey spanning over three decades. Sangho is not just a Chief Executive Officer CEO but also a true gamer. His understanding of gaming has fueled his passion to create Cryptopia, a game that transcends traditional boundaries.

Volunteer Experience

Beyond the professional realm, Sangho also dedicates his time to community service. He was a trainer and coach of children under ten at RFC Haarlem from 2021 to the present—trainer of the under ten years rugby team at RFC Haarlem.

Sangho was also a former Trainer and team manager of U8 RFC Haarlem from 2019 to 2021 and a trainer of the under-8 years rugby team at RFC Haarlem. He was a former Mentor at GOAL from 2008-2010 and was a ‘role model’ for teenagers who were suspicious of dropping out of school. He was a former Mentor at Analysis Exchange and also a former Secretary at Slow Food Haarlem.

Image source: Cryptopia CEO Sangho Grolleman at YGG Web3 Games Summit


Cryptopia is more than just a game; it’s a revolution. A serverless, defi metaverse game where all information resides on the blockchain, Cryptopia combines elements from popular 4x games with a unique twist: no extinction, just exploration, expansion, and exploitation.

The game’s tradable items, represented by fungible and non-fungible tokens, are stored in a multi-sig wallet, showcasing Cryptopia’s commitment to decentralization. The game’s play-to-earn model ensures that every player, regardless of financial standing, has an opportunity to thrive.

With 40% of the token supply locked in the game, Cryptopia isn’t just a game; it’s a decentralized autonomous organization in the making. As Cryptopia continues to evolve, Sangho’s commitment is poised to shape the future of blockchain gaming.

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