3 members of the Hyper Luminal team are finalists for Game Dev Heroes 2022

Returning for its 5th year in 2022, the Game Dev Hero awards are a celebration of the people behind the scenes of the games industry.

Their aim is to raise awareness for the unsung heroes of the games industry and to have their contributions recognised, from brilliant developers and resourceful support staff, to inspiring management and positive role models.

From over 850 nominations across all disciplines in the games industry, 3 Hyper Luminal employees were chosen and progressed as finalists:

  • Rob Madden – Leadership Hero Award
  • Niamh Loughran – Production Hero Award
  • Hannah Park – QA Hero Award

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of developers & games industry professionals, with winners revealed at the Game Dev Heroes awards ceremony at Develop:Brighton on the 12th July 2022.

Dundee games firm doubles staff as industry booms in Scotland

Games developer Hyper Luminal Games has gone from less than 20 staff to more than 50 in the last year.

The firm has also grown its revenue from under £1 million to over £3m this year.

Employment in the Scottish video games development industry grew 26% between April 2020 and December 2021, according to a new report by The Independent Game Developers’ Association (TIGA).

Chief executive and co-founder of Hyper Luminal Stuart Martin says the pandemic has fuelled the growth.

Staff at Hyper Luminal Games office in The Vision Building

“Our funding bodies have typically performed well over the pandemic as people have been staying at home and playing lots of games,” he says.

“For us it’s been fantastic. We’ve been able to grow revenue, grow headcount and bring in new talent.”

“We started to increase the diversity of the team and brought in talent from further afield now that we’re open to remote working.”

The firm now has a 30-40% female workforce estimates Stuart, whereas the first four years of the firm was all male.

Even with the enormous growth Hyper Luminal has experienced, the firm is still looking to recruit more staff.

That means trying to find talent outside of Dundee to meet demand.

Hyper Luminal grew over 100%

“If you look around the careers’ pages of all of the local games companies, they’re all hiring at the moment. There isn’t anybody sitting still,” says Stuart.

“There’s obviously only so much talent in Dundee itself, so a lot of this talent is being brought in from other hubs in England.”

“We’re on a great trajectory and the industry locally and across Scotland is going to continue to grow over the next few years.”

The full article can be read here.

Catching up with Hyper Luminal Games: “We’re really passionate about accessibility. Our stories are universal, so we feel our players should be too”

Hyper Luminal Games was featured in May 2022’s issue of MCV/DEVELOP.

CEO, Stuart Martin and Creative Director, Rob Madden caught up with Richie Shoemaker to discuss the company’s developments and goals since its last feature in 2018.

Hyper Luminal’s write up can be viewed across pages 34-36.

The web article version can be viewed here.

And the digital print version of May’s MCV/DEVELOP can be viewed here.

Hyper Luminal’s original game Cloud Jumper was featured in Issue 62 of Wireframe magazine

Cloud Jumper was featured in the May 2022 issue of Wireframe magazine.

Included as part of their Incoming games to look out for, Cloud Jumper’s segment can be viewed on page 26.

The full issue of Wireframe can be viewed for free here.