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Pitbull Studio, in Sunderland, looks to continue rapid growth
A GROWING computer game firm wants to create North-East jobs after expanding to meet increasing demand.
Pitbull Studio, which specialises in video game development, transferred to a larger studio in Sunderland’s Evolve Business Centre, to cater for its 40-strong workforce.
The company received funding from Sunderland City Council to help builds its foundations in 2010, and it has continued its rapid ascent, taking on 14 more workers in Sunderland and nine people across the UK, Germany and Poland.
Earlier this year, it also opened a studio in Guildford, Surrey, to broaden its services to companies needing technical advice, and is working with Epic Games on their Unreal Engine Four project.
Robert Troughton, Pitbull Studio managing director, said the expansion was key to national and international recruitment plans.
He said: “Sunderland is a technological hub for the gaming industry, which made our desire to expand within the city an easy decision.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to more than double our workforce in the past year as Sunderland puts us within easy reach of some of the best employers in the gaming industry.
“We recognised a great opportunity to take our software skills to the South and showcase what we have in Sunderland and we hope to reach a 50-strong workforce by the end of the year.”
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, praised Pitbull Studio had put the city on the technological map.
He said: “It’s great to see companies like Pitbull Studio choose Sunderland because it proves the work we have done is making a real difference and creating conditions for innovative businesses to prosper.”
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