Dundee mobile developer Tag Games has opened a second studio and plans to double its head count in an ambitious expansion move.
The company, which makes games for mobile, tablet and hand-held platforms, has taken on extra space at its Seabraes offices to accommodate the increase in staff to 70 personnel this year.
Over the past five years it has invested heavily in delivering all aspects of free-to-play and service-based games, and believes the investment is paying off across its business.
CEO Paul Farley said: “The time is right for us to scale our team in Dundee. Following key hires, we’ll be building additional teams around three core areas of our business: partnership, own IP and technology.
“Technology has been a fundamental part of our investment into games as a service.
“Our first major milestone for 2015 was launching ChilliSource, our free open-source game engine, and we have more products from the ChilliWorks suite in development for release later this year.”
Tag Games’ additional floor at Seabraes in Greenmarket will allow it to house new development teams to meet increased demand for services and products.
Head of business development Nina Cliff said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Tag. We’re working with some fantastic partners and growing all aspects of the business. The new office space will enable the next stage of growth.”
Last month Tag Games secured £150,000 of backing from an investment body for new products.
The creator of the Dr Who game for the BBC hopes to use the crowdfunder finance to clinch a £1 million deal with a private equity company to bring in further vital backing it would otherwise struggle to find.
Tag, based at Seabraes House in Greenmarket, was formed by Paul Farley in 2006 and it has developed games for clients including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and MindCandy.
After failing to raise capital from banks to develop products, it secured £150,000 from LendingCrowd of Edinburgh, chaired by internet entrepreneur Bill Dobbie.
Crowdfunders, whose websites have caught the imagination of millions of users, provide businesses and creative ventures with a platform to appeal for money. Projects seeking finance ask people to pay in advance for products and services that don’t exist yet, using the cash raised for development.
Donors receive rewards, often linked to the amount they have pledged, as thanks for their support.