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Sunderland to become HQ for Gears of War creator Epic Games

Robert Troughton, MD of Pitbull Studio (left), which is about to become the UK headquarters of  UK headquarters of internationally-renowned gaming business Epic Games, with Councillor Harry Trueman (right) outside of the E.volve centre in Rainton Bridge

Robert Troughton, MD of Pitbull Studio (left), which is about to become the UK headquarters of UK headquarters of internationally-renowned gaming business Epic Games, with Councillor Harry Trueman (right) outside of the E.volve centre in Rainton Bridge

A GAMING business has bared its teeth to bring success to Sunderland.

Wearside-based Pitbull Studio is set to become the UK headquarters of an internationally-renowned gaming business, after agreeing a sale with Epic Games.

Long-time collaborator Pitbull will now form the British division of the company, behind popular games such as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament.

The deal will see its 45-strong team transfer to Epic Games UK and the company’s managing director, Robert Troughton, move to a new role, with responsibilities for the company’s Guildford and Leamington Spa offices, as well as an active role internationally.

Robert, who founded Pitbull Studio in 2009, said: “Becoming Epic Games UK was the next logical step in our relationship with Epic.

“We’re really looking forward to expanding our amazing team here in the UK.

“The commitment to the North East base is strong, and we hope to continue to grow as part of the Epic family, as well as expanding our other bases across the UK.”

Last year Pitbull saw its head count swell from 22 to 45 and the deal has paved the way for further expansion, with a number of new roles up for grabs in the North East.

Robert added: “Pitbull is only five this year, so to have progressed so quickly in the industry is testimony to all of our staff’s hard work and talent. The support we have had from Sunderland City Council has been fantastic.”

The company is based in Sunderland’s E.volve Business Centre, in Rainton Bridge, where it moved in 2012.

 

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