Teesside gaming firms showcased in California

Teesside gaming firms showcased in California

Teesside’s burgeoning gaming industry is being shown off at the world’s largest games industry event in California this week.

Three Middlesbrough gaming companies are taking part in a trade mission to the world’s largest games industry event, the Games Developer Conference (GDC), in San Francisco.

The event is the largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event attracting over 26,000 attendees gathering to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

Representing the Tees Valley on the trade mission hosted by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will be SockMonkey Studios, Double Eleven and Cardboard Sword.

SockMonkey Studios was founded by Bob Makin and Darren Cuthbert with the help of the DigitalCity Fellowship programme, based at Teesside University. The company is located in the Phoenix Building at the University’s Middlesbrough campus.

Teesside University’s pro vice-chancellor (enterprise and business engagement) professor Jane Turner said: “In the last four years, Digital City has helped to create 286 new businesses and 700 jobs, supported 750 businesses in the digital and creative sector and attracted 13 new digital businesses to the Tees Valley.

“It is therefore extremely gratifying to see three companies with such close connections to Teesside University flying the flag for the region at such a prestigious event and helping to develop an international market for the Tees Valley in this vital sector of the region’s economy.”

Chris Simpson, lead international trade advisor, added: “There are lots of opportunities for international trading which Tees Valley companies can take advantage of and grow their business. UKTI are proud to work alongside Teesside University to grow business in the region.”