“Secret” project allows Playground Games to double its workforce by the end of the year

From left to right: Tony Hargreave (AC Lloyd), Des Wynne (AC Lloyd), Trevor Williams (Playground Games), Gavin Raeburn (Playground Games).  

“Secret” project allows Playground Games to double its workforce by the end of the year

The independent Midlands based video games company has announced a major expansion at its Leamington Spa headquarters and is looking to recruit top talent from around the world.

Playground Games, which develops the Forza Horizon driving games for technology giant Microsoft, is growing its workforce from 150 to 300 before the end of the year after winning a new project.

It has taken on an extra 3,000 sq ft at Rossmore House on Newbold Terrace in the town and agreed a new 10-year lease on the 20,000 sq ft building owned by developers AC Lloyd.

Gavin Raeburn, chief executive officer and founder of Playground Games, said the move would mean recruiting new developers from across the world.

“The new project – which is secret at the moment – will see us having to cast the net widely to attract the best developers in the industry. Just recently we have hired a number of developers from North America, China and Europe, and we expect our new intake to be just as international,” he said.

“Leamington is a hugely important area for the digital gaming industry and we are the largest developer in the town. It is important that we keep attracting as well as breeding the best new talent in the industry.”

Their ‘Silicon Spa’ cluster includes more than 30 studios of different sizes, employing in excess of 1,200, in a variety of roles, including coding and games development. Forza Horizon 3 is the world’s top-rated exclusive title for the Xbox One.

Des Wynne, a director of AC Lloyd, said: “Playground Games have been in Rossmore House for over four years. They have grown massively since then, becoming a major player with an international reputation right in the centre of Leamington.

“The growth in this sector in the last five years has been remarkable and, as Playground Games illustrate, that growth is bringing the best young talent to our area and that has to be good for the economy.”