Video Games in Royal Leamington Spa and Warwickshire
Leading game development
- More than 80 active games studios in Coventry and Warwickshire - the longest established video games centre in the UK.
- Triple AAA talent working on renowned IP titles including: Forza, Sonic, Grid, Warhammer, Sniper and Tom Clancy titles.
- TEDx Leamington Spa and Creative Mornings will connect your business with the latest developments and opportunities across the industry.
- Digital Schoolhouse and Interactive Futures discover, grow and showcase new talent and foster the future leaders of the industry locally.
A vibrant hub of developers
- Discover a vibrant community of passionate video game experts, with studios working on international titles for firms like Ubisoft, Sega and Xbox.
- The cluster specialises in more than just console and PC games. Exciting opportunities to partner with mobile studios like Pixel Toys and BAFTA winning digital production agencies.
- Cost effective salaries and low corporate tax rates.
- Air access to Birmingham Airport (UK’s third largest international airport), with connections to 280 destinations.
- 1 hour to London and 2 hours to Manchester by rail.
- Road connecting you to the heart of the UK’s road network.
This opportunity is:
Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.
Supported by government
The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.
Business networks and access to funding and academic institutions can help you get established and growing.
Famous for titles such as Sonic Dash and Sonic Forces, Sega Hardlight moved to Leamington Spa in 2014. Former studio head Harinder Sangha explains what they love about the cluster:
“We moved to Leamington Spa, and very quickly felt like part of a buzzing creative community. Being in the heart of town, we love that we can walk to anywhere in a short space of time. The beauty of Leamington not only comes from the beautiful buildings and greenery but the fantastic connectivity that is provided for businesses. We have been known to have three-way calls, consisting of colleagues in Tokyo and San Francisco, and us in Leamington Spa. (We actually have a better connection than our friends in Silicon Valley”
Based in Atlanta, Lab 42 is the parent company of six subsidiaries which span the entertainment spectrum. After a move to become more international, Lab42 opened in Leamington Spa.
“We wouldn’t be anywhere else” said Ed Blincoe, Managing Director. “When we were initially looking at expansion, we considered moving out of the town but quickly realised this is the best place to be for our staff and clients.
“There is a real sense of collaboration in the sector along with the natural sense of competition. In our experience, studios work together, outsource projects locally and help each other. This is why Leamington has become such a brilliant hub for the sector - there is a huge amount of skill and expertise here but also fantastic cooperation. We sometimes compete for staff, however we are all focused on growing the local pool of talent and want each other to thrive.”
With the largest in-house game development staff in the world, Ubisoft employs more than 14,000 team members in more than 40 studios around the world. In 2017 Ubisoft expanded its presence in the UK with the acquisition of FreeStyleGames from Activision, which is now Ubisoft in Leamington Spa. With a team of over 50 employees, the studio works in close collaboration with Ubisoft’s other UK-based studio – Ubisoft Reflections - on a range of AAA games.
Pixel Toys is a rapidly expanding mobile and PC games studio whose co-founders have over 30 years’ experience from within the games industry. “Warwickshire is a renowned hub for technology entertainment companies. We chose to start Pixel Toys here because it offers an excellent support network of businesses operating in the same space as well as local government support, and importantly for our employees it’s a great place to live. We wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else.” Andy Wafer (Director) Pixel Toys.