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.
“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.
“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.”
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