Games firm Pitbull Studio relocates after new intake of staff

A developing technology company has proven it is at the top of its game with two strategic expansions to accommodate a growing workforce

Robert Troughton, managing director of Pitbull Studio
Robert Troughton, managing director of Pitbull Studio

A developing technology company has proven it is at the top of its game with two strategic expansions to accommodate a growing workforce.

Pitbull Studio, which specialises in video game development, has relocated to a larger studio at Sunderland’s Evolve Business Centre, a hub for software and technology companies. The move comes after it more than doubled its workforce from 18 to 40 during the past year.

Pitbull, which benefitted from funding from Sunderland City Council during its initial set-up in June 2010, took on nine new home workers based in Germany, Poland and the UK, as well as 14 new recruits based in Sunderland. In May, it also expanded on a national level with the opening of a studio at Surrey Technology Centre in Guildford, allowing it to broaden its services for video gaming companies looking for expert technical advice.

Managing director Robert Troughton said he saw such growth as a step towards ultimately attracting more new development staff on a national and international scale.

“Sunderland is a technological hub for the gaming industry, which made our desire to expand within the city an easy decision,” he said.

“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 down south and showcase what we have to offer here in Sunderland and as a result, we hope to reach a 50-strong workforce by the end of 2013.”

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Paul Watson, said Pitbull Studio was one of a number of technology companies to make a name for themselves on a national and international stage while helping put Sunderland on the map as a place for innovative businesses.

He said: “It’s great to see companies such as Pitbull Studio choose Sunderland as a city to grow their business, while making an impact on an international scale. It really is proof that the work we have done to date is making a real difference and creating the right conditions for innovative technology businesses to prosper and grow.”

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