Circle closure and the local talent

23 02 2007

Studios based in the Midlands have already begun recruiting staff from CiRCLE Studio, GamesIndustry.biz revealed today.

Staff at the Derby-based developer could soon be recruited by a number of studios in the region, including Free Radical Design, Swordfish Studios, Rebellion and Eurocom.

“The closure of CiRCLE Studios means that we are now talking to some ex-CiRCLE employees,” confirmed David Doak, director of Free Radical Design, based in Nottingham.

CEO of Rebellion, Jason Kingsley, also revealed the company is currently in talks with members of the CiRCLE team, stating: “We’re talking to some selected individuals who have sent in CVs direct to our Rebellion Derby [offices].”

Although a studio closure can be bad news for the industry as a whole, Doak sees the opportunity to recruit skilled staff and keep them in a region well-populated with some of the UK’s world-class development teams.

“Whilst the closure of a studio is obviously unfortunate for those involved, it does present an interesting opportunity for recruitment,” said Doak.

“A number of skilled and experienced people who may have been quite happy in their jobs are now looking for new work. The challenge for us is to find the good ones.”

Sources close to CiRCLE revealed that Birmingham developer Swordfish Studios is another interested party, demoing a new title at the studio the very afternoon that employees had been informed of their redundancy.

Swordfish had clearly been made aware of the impending crisis, allowing them to prepare a pitch to recruit key personnel and keep staff in employment.

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