Activision intends to open a new mobile game development studio in the UK, a move local trade groups (TIGA, UKIE) have hailed as a "massive vote of confidence" for the country's game industry.
The publisher has appointed Team17 (Worms
) co-founder and 20-year game industry veteran Martyn Brown to find, interview, and hire talent for the planned UK studio, according to a report
from local trade site Develop.
Activision previously operated a studio in Liverpool with Bizarre Creations (Geometry Wars, Blur
), which employed some 200 workers, but it closed the developer
in January 2011. It also owns a studio in Leamington, DJ Hero
The company could take advantage of tax breaks announced for the local video game industry
two months ago -- Activision previously lobbied heavily for the UK government to introduce tax relief for game studios.