Ireland’s largest game developer, Digit Games Studios, is to triple in size and has announced the immediate creation of 40 new jobs.
The jobs news coincided with a major investment announcement yesterday by US company Scopely – a leading touchscreen entertainment network.
Digit currently employs 20 people at its Dublin studio and has launched a recruitment drive to immediately grow this number to 60.
Founded in 2012 in Dublin, by a management team that held senior positions in EA, Atari, Jagex, PopCap Games and Jolt/GameStop, today Digit is Ireland’s largest game development studio.
“We are scaling up our studio to launch an all-new title with iconic, world-leading AAA IP, that has a chance to be huge,” Richard Barnwell, founder and CEO, Digit Game Studios
“Content is the richest source of value in this industry and we are delighted to have significant opportunity to create a lot of it,” said Richard Barnwell, founder and CEO, Digit Game Studios.
“We are adding to our team to help us do just that. In addition to Kings of the Realm, we are scaling up our studio to launch an all-new title with iconic, world-leading AAA IP, that has a chance to be huge.”
Kings of the Realm is an engaging fantasy strategy MMO with innovative 3D gameplay. It was released on the Apple App Store and Google Play late last year. The cross-platform game, which was accompanied by a Penguin trilogy of books, was published by Kabam, and a platform backed by Intel, Alibaba and Google put further resources into marketing the game worldwide.
LA-based touchscreen entertainment network Scopely yesterday revealed a strategic partnership with Digit Game Studios whereby the US-based firm will make make a multi-million dollar investment in Ireland’s largest game developer as part of the multi-game publishing deal.
“Scopely is the partner of choice for the world’s leading free-to-play game developers,” said Tim O’Brien, chief revenue officer, Scopely.
“We look to partner with the world’s leading mobile game developers of specific genres. Digt clearly has some bold ambitions and the development approach they have exhibited to date is impressive – they boast an accomplished and engaged international team that has managed to build a fresh gaming experience from the ground up. We believe they are emerging as a leader in mobile strategy games.”