Growth ahead for Sunderland game developer

Growth ahead for Sunderland game developer

A Sunderland game development firm is set to see rapid expansion and grow its staff numbers by the end of the year.

Coconut Lizard has plans to increase its workforce to between 15 and 20, after the appointment of two senior programmers in a bid to strengthen the company’s position in the market.

The business was formed in September 2015 by Robert Troughton who has a strong track record in the gaming industry, having grown previous business, Pitbull Studio, from a team of five to more than, and he has high hopes for the future.

“By choosing the very best developers to join us at Coconut Lizard, we really are creating a dream team that can be deployed to a project to help bring it to market at a fantastically polished standard,” he said.

“There's a fantastic talent pool in the North East, and – being based between the North and South of the region – means we have access to that whole talent pool.”

Headquartered in the Evolve Business Centre at Rainton Bridge, the business has been supported by Sunderland City Council’s Business Investment Team with its move into the building and is one of a growing number of creative software businesses to be based in the city. 

Gary Hutchinson, chair of the Sunderland Business Group, whose aim is to showcase the cities full potential, said: “Sunderland is home to an increasingly varied and vibrant business community and we’re delighted to see Coconut Lizard gearing up for growth, and creating new, high-value jobs.”