Over the last couple of months Amuzo’s man power has been steadily increasing thanks to funding awarded by Creative England through their £1 million GamesLab initiative.
After being awarded the maximum £50,000 funding, the biggest and arguably most significant door Creative England has opened for the Bournemouth based game studio is the opportunity to expand when most vital.
With plenty of titles currently in production and four brand new Amuzo games already released in 2014, including LEGO Hero Factory Invasion From Below and LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ShellShocked, it was the perfect time to add to the Amuzo family.
Creative England’s Head of Games & Digital Media, Jaspal Sohal, said: “We are passionate about seeing games come to life and businesses grow, and delighted that our support has enabled Amuzo to expand their team significantly. We look forward to working with the new recruits!”
Not ones to do things in halves, Amuzo have chosen some of the most skilled individuals from across the UK to fill the positions of Associate Producer, Games Designer and 2D and 3D artists.
Steve – I’m football mad (Arsenal!), have double jointed fingers and I’m scared of whales.
Heralding from the Isle of Wight to Cheshire and Henley to Hammersmith, all new team members have taken the leap to relocate to sunny Bournemouth, adding their talent to the rapidly growing digital hub in Dorset.
Originally winning the funding to aid development of Amuzo’s own IP ‘Project Greener Grass’, this leap forward has proven how the Creative England funding has allowed for even more than first thought.
The new Amuzo-ites will lend a creative hand to a number of other projects currently in the pipeline including a mobile strategy game for Sunday Times Bestselling author Simon Scarrow.
Associate Producer, Jay, has been in the industry for about 5 years, working for companies like SONY Europe, TT Fusion and Rebellion Developments. He said, ‘I’m looking forward to working with a very talented team and making even more great games.’
Games Designer, Steve joins Amuzo after five years at Stainless Games on the Isle of Wight with a degree in BSc Computer Games Technology from the University of Portsmouth under his belt.
Andy – I spent 7 years of my childhood growing up in Saudi Arabia.
“Amuzo’s past record, small team and numerous ongoing projects give the studio a very unique feel. The friendly atmosphere, combined with the exciting range of games being developed, make this studio a fantastic place to work. The beach isn’t bad either!”
Andy, Amuzo’s latest 2D/UX Artist graduated with a First in Computer Games Design from Southampton Solent, in 2009. After freelancing for a while, producing commissioned artwork, Andy went on to work at Microsoft as a QA tester as well as a 2D artist/animator for Capcom’s mobile games division in London.
“Amuzo has a great working atmosphere for the creative individual. Because there are so many projects on the go, it helps stop an arty mind from stagnating. There’s something different and even more challenging to do every week!”
And last but not least, 3D Character Artist, Andrew studied BA Hons Digital Art at The University of West London. He went on to make B2 and B3 games, freelancing to various start-ups and architectural companies in and around London before joining Amuzo.
GamesLab aims to sustain and aid the growth of the most innovative games companies and is currently available in the South West and West Midlands, with plans to extend to more regions in the near future.
Everyone at Amuzo looks forward to continuing to work closely alongside Creative England in the future to carry on going from strength to strength.