MCV Insider’s Guide: CV Bay

CV Bay’s managing consultant and gaming specialist Katie Edwards discusses the shift to cloud gaming and free-to-play, and how this has affected recruitment.

Tell us about your company.

CV Bay is a Birmingham-based recruitment company that specialises in the gaming and IT market across Europe. We formed in 2006 and our aim has always been to build long term, mature and trusting relationships with our customers, whether they be clients or candidates. 

What are you currently working on?

Right now, we’re working with a number of studios across the UK and Europe on a number of opportunities from senior appointments – director roles, development positions and also have a number of art opportunities open. We are very excited to be working with a number of studios, helping them build strong teams for their new unannounced IPs, also doing lots of work with 3D graphics and of course VR. 

What are the biggest trends in the games industry affecting you right now?

The shift in the market towards cloud gaming and free-to-play games is requiring us to search for candidates with a different skill set. Because of this we have seen an increase in looking for candidates with experience in real time data, such as data analysts and data scientists. As technology continues to advance and innovate and the sector grows, we are seeing there is a candidate shortage in the sector for experienced gaming candidates and senior appointments across all gaming disciplines, there is a real lack of supply for the demand for experienced candidates out there. 

What are you looking forward to in games over the next 12 months?

It’s all about VR. Excitement is building and it’s been talked about for a while but as the virtual revolution has now begun with PlayStation VR, Oculus and Vive, we are excited to see what is next. 

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