There’s a new studio in Dundee. For several months now, rumours of Studio X – a new developer, who would be recruiting and working on a game so secret that even GCHQ and the NSA had only a vague idea of it’s key parameters.
The new studio is now a reality. Kobojo is a French company, headquartered in Paris and established in 2008. The company creates casual, mobile, social and online games. Kobojo raised $7.7M in it’s first round of funding in 2011, giving the company a solid financial footing. To date it has released titles such as Mutants Genetic Gladiators, Atlantis Fantasy, Goobox and Pyramid Valley.
Kobojo’s new Dundee studio is working on an unannounced title, which it due to debut at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show, which takes place in mid September (18th-24th. In Tokyo, obviously…)
The company worked closely with Scottish Enterprise to bring the new studio to Dundee.
Mario Rizzo, the CEO of Kobojo told us:
Dundee has a rich history of game development for global audiences and we are grateful to Scottish Enterprise for supporting our team. To create the experience, which will embody our commitment to creating stunning experiences for mid-core gamers, Dundee offered an abundance of exceptional talent. Our next game will be the culmination of extensive collaborative development between cultures that has never before happened.
Mark Newlands, International Sector Head – Technology & Engineering for Scottish Enterprise said:
We are delighted to announce that Kobojo will be joining an ever increasing cluster of game developers in Dundee. The Company looked at various locations for this new studio but chose Dundee because of the availability of talent and good links to Universities. They have an achievable goal of creating up to 40 new jobs and plan to expand their customer reach and appeal to global audiences, and we look forward to working with them on their growth journey.
Kobojo’s Dundee studio is led by industry veteran Chris Stamp (DMA Design, Realtime Worlds).
The studio is currently recruiting people to join its world-class team of designers, artists and engineers. Applicants can submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll have more information on Kobojo, their mysterious new game, their progress in Dundee and more news and updates as they happen.