VIDEO games company Pitbull Studio just missed out on hitting the hi-score with awards judges.
The firm was one of seven up for a Business Development Award at the Develop Awards in Brighton, after seeing its net worth increase by 1,100 per cent and its headcount go up from 22 to 45 last year.
Although it missed out, boss Robert Troughton was still delighted to have made the final cut.
“It was an honour to be nominated for the award among some other great names in the industry,” he said.
“We’re determined to grow the business, and it’s nominations like these that are testimony to the great work we’re doing.”
Pitbull designs and builds a range of games, including Gears of War: Judgement, and has contributed to the development of Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, which is now used by many developers across the world.
“The games development industry is by no means a steady one, so we’re ecstatic to see the business grow, and we’re hoping to hire another 25 staff by the end of this year,” said Robert.
“Sunderland has proved to be a great base for us to work from, with the city really investing in the software and technology sector.
“We’re honoured to be nominated for the Business Development award and proud to be helping put Sunderland on the industry map.”
The company was set up in 2009 and is based at the e.volve centre in Rainton Bridge, one of a number of business premises set up specifically to support the growth of the software and technology sector.
City council leader, Coun Paul Watson, said: “We’re home to some really exciting technology business that are putting Sunderland on the map and demonstrating that the area is a hotbed of talent in this field.”