Avalanche Studios Group announced yesterday that they’ll be opening up a brand new location in Liverpool, adding to their studios already set up in Stockholm, New York City and Malmö. A core team of five will start development in June, with recruitment for an additional 20 positions available now. Within the next two years, Avalanche expect the location to grow to around 50 employees.
The Liverpool studio will initially work together with the other studios to help the development of current and future IPs for the Expansive Worlds arm of the Avalanche Studios Group, who are responsible for the simulation series theHunter.
Pim Holfve, CEO of Avalanche Studios Group, stated as part of the company’s blog post regarding the announcement: “I’m excited about Avalanche Studios Group becoming a part of Liverpool’s thriving game development scene and how we can contribute to it in terms of our unique games and culture. The Liverpool location will play an important role in our sustainable growth strategy to recruit over 100 people in 2020.”
Naturally, with “The Event” forcing those who can to work from home, Avalanche note in the blog post that all employees will remote work until it’s safe for a physical office to be established. “We are working hard to create a sustainable way for all our employees to work from home and maintain a sound work-life balance during these difficult times,” say Holfve.
Avalanche’s latest location joins a burgeoning game development hub in Liverpool, with studios like Lucid Games, Atomicom, Milky Tea, Firesprite, Wushu Studios and many more. Liverpool also housed one of Sony’s biggest studios up until 2012, when the studio was unfortunately closed. As someone who lives in the North West, fairly close to Liverpool, it’s wonderful to see more game development companies flock to such a brilliant city. Long may it continue.