Games firm Coatsink Software doubles in size as it aims to treble turnover

Sunderland business Coatsink Software takes on 11 new employees, most from North East universities

Gilbert Johnston Coatsink creative director and founder Tom Beardsmore, right, with Cllr Harry Trueman of Sunderland City Council
Coatsink creative director and founder Tom Beardsmore, right, with Cllr Harry Trueman of Sunderland City Council

A Sunderland games company has almost doubled its headcount over the past couple of months after a string of successful game and app developments.

Coatsink Software, which is based at Sunderland Software Centre, has added 11 new people to its development team, taking the business’ total headcount to 23.

Additional office space has also been on taken as the company aims to treble its 2014 turnover this year.

Creative director and founder, Tom Beardsmore, said: “It’s fantastic to see the business expanding by so much, and so quickly.

“We’re delighted to have our new recruits on board and we’re excited to be able to have a team of dedicated, creative and talented people.”

Founded in 2009, the Coatsink has developed a number of popular puzzle games such as Pinch and Chip, as well as PC and console games like Shu and SuperGlad, set for release later this year.

The expansion comes on the back of an array of new initiatives as it expands its portfolio by investing in virtual reality (VR) projects, after debuting its first VR game, Esper, earlier this year for Samsung Gear VR.

The new recruits include a project manager, three programmers, three designers, three artists and an animator.

The majority come from North East universities, with graduates from Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Teesside.

Mr Beardsore said: “Everyone here at Coatsink has a real love of games and the gaming industry, and we are really proud to be part of a community that is genuinely thriving here in the North East.

“The gaming sector is growing generally, but it has helped us enormously to be based in a region that can quickly accommodate our growth, and that supports us with gaming events and developer nights, where we test out our new games with friends and contacts in the centre’s cinema room.

“The environment has been great for us.”

Sunderland Software Centre is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.

Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland City Council, said: “It’s always great to see businesses thriving in Sunderland.

“Coatsink is a perfect example of a business reaping the benefits of being based somewhere with a strong and active software and digital hub like we have here.

“Sunderland has the soft and hard infrastructure to support the digital sector, as well as a real pool of talent for tech businesses to tap into.

“Sunderland Software Centre is one of three Digital Catapults across the UK, providing the support for growth and development to digital businesses, so we have no doubt that businesses like Coatsink will continue to expand and thrive in the city.”

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