Games company Pitbull Studio is in the frame for a top prize after making it to the final of a national software awards.
The Sunderland-based firm, which designs and builds a range of games including Gears of War: Judgement, is one of seven up for a business development award at the Develop Awards taking place in Brighton tomorrow, Wednesday July 9, after 2013 saw its net-worth increase by 1,100% and its headcount go up from 22 to 45.
Set up in 2009, Pitbull specialises in creating games and applications in all formats from mobile to console and PC, providing support services from programming to artistic work.
The firm now has 47 employees and expects to raise that to 85 within the next 12 months, during which time turnover is also expected to grow from its current level of £2.6m to between £4m and £5m
Pitbull Studio is a video games developer founded in 2009. Managing director, Robert Troughton, said that being shortlisted for the award was real recognition of the progress the business has made since its launch.
He said: “The games development industry is by no means a steady one, so we’re ecstatic to see the business grow and we’re hoping to hire another 25 staff by the end of this year.
“Sunderland has proved to be a great base for us to work from, with the city really investing in the software and technology sector. We’re honoured to be nominated for the Business Development award among some other great names in the industry. Pitbull is proud to be helping put Sunderland on the industry map.”
The company was set up in 2009 and is based in Sunderland’s e.volve centre, one of a number of business premises set up specifically to support the growth of the software and technology sector.
Cllr Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “It’s great to see businesses like Pitbull Studio blossom in Sunderland.
“We’re home to some really exciting technology business that are putting Sunderland on the map and demonstrating that the area is a hotbed of talent in this field. With the addition of Sunderland Software Centre to our portfolio of centres, and the e.volve business centre already well-established as a place for technology businesses, we’re sure that Pitbull is one of many businesses that will fly the flag for the area as a place for software.”
The Develop Awards will be held on Wednesday, July 9 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton. The awards attract over 500 attendees from across the globe each year, and celebrate all aspects of the gaming industry, from new game development and provision of service to musical composition and narratives. The awards are peer-voted and focus on creativity, teamwork and inspiring innovation to truly celebrate the industry’s work.