APB gets Reloaded

Thursday 24th March 2011
APB resurrected: Courtesy:thatvideogameblog.com & punkrockers.com

As "Game In Scotland" is held this Saturday in Dundee, drawing in hopeful game job seekers to meet the studio management, Reloaded Productions, based in Irvine, California, that bought the IP rights to All Points Bulletin after Real Time Worlds went into administration last year, is now to set up a studio in Edinburgh, as a result of CEO Bjorn Book-Larsson meeting "some extraordinary game development professionals and seen Scottish Government's enthusiastic support for creative and technical ventures."

Right: CEO Brook-Larsson. The studio will focused on core game engineering and key creative design tasks as part of its global development team.

Business 7 reports that the studio is being supported by £125,000 of Regional Selective Assistance funding from Scottish Enterprise and will create 22 jobs in game engineering, 3D art and game design. Already with studios in Ayrshire, California and Bangalore, India, Reloaded has said All Points Bulletin will relaunch as APB Reloaded.

Michael Boniface, (left) previously IT director at Realtime Worlds, has been installed as general manager for Scotland and is currently looking at office space for the studio.

The development comes fast on the heels of Outplay's new offices in Dundee for games production with £2.25m Regional Selective Assistance support from Scottish Enterprise, based on the city’s competitiveness for games development and reputation for a skilled workforce.

And  with perfect good game timing, the news comes in the same week that "Game in Scotland" (the free to attend event in its fifth year) attracting hundreds of budding developers to Scotland from throughout the UK, takes place this Saturday at 12 noon at Dundee’s Fat Sams nightclub.

Registering in advance is essential as capacity is limited and places are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

It encourages games graduates and aspiring developers to meet with Scotland’s top talent in the sector and will match skills with vacancies to help promote economic growth within the industry.

Mobile games developer, One Thumb Mobile, recruited five staff as a result of attending the event last year. MD Richard Hasinski comments: “This was an excellent event to find motivated and enthusiastic new team members, who are now helping to create Celtic Heroes, an ambitious and groundbreaking new massively multiplayer game on iPhone and iPad”.

As the only recruitment fair of its kind, attendees have the rare opportunity to come face to face with some of the top names in the Scottish games industry and gain valuable advice, insight and knowledge from a variety of different leading companies.

Games companies attending include Denki, Outplay Entertainment, Whisky Biscuit, Hubdub, 1000 Fraggers, Veemee, TAG Games, Proper Games, One Thumb Mobile, Eastern Front, Codeplay, Dynamo Games and Digital Goldfish.

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