October 21st 2008. Guildford, Surrey, UK. Kuju Group S.E. today announces that it has expanded into the Asia-Pacific region by acquiring Matahari Studios Philippines located in Manila, Republic of the Philippines. The studio will provide a corporate presence for Kuju’s fast growing studio network in the region as well as a proven co-operative development relationship with Kuju’s US studio based in Burlingame, California.
Jonathan Newth, President of Kuju Group, commented:“The partnership between Kuju’s US studio and Matahari has already shown us that there is a great opportunity to grow our talent pool through co-operative development. This approach offers significant advantages over out-sourcing and involves the team in Manila working on specific areas of development as an integral part of an overall project’s creation. The Manila team has already successfully delivered code and design components as well as art&animation assets for Kuju’s US developed projects. We will be working with the team in Manila to further expand the range of development skills they can offer to Kuju’s studios.”
Eric Marlow, General Manager of the newly formed Kuju Manila, added:“We recognised early-on the value in coming to the Philippines. The strength of the local talent pool and emphasis on creativity were the primary reasons why we set up here. We are all extremely excited to be part of such a well-respected group of developers as exists within the Kuju network of studios.”
About Kuju Group S.E.
Kuju Group S.E. is a leading independent game developer on console, PC and handheld platforms. Kuju already operates six studios globally; Kuju America, NiK NaK, doublesix, Chemistry, Headstrong and Zoë Mode. Kuju Group
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