Not content with rescuing half the Swordfish operation when Activision Blizzard chose to sell it off, Monumental has expanded further with a new studio in India.
Based in the city of Pune, the new studio will support Monumental’s plans to grow its success in the online game and virtual world sector. The studio already provides MMO middleware and is developing Football Superstars for Cybersports.
The studio was founded with off-shoring experts Quickstart Global and currently houses a core team with plans to expand it further.
Gylan Hunter, Art Director for Monumental said: “We were highly impressed by the quality of applicants. Prior to interview we viewed show-reels from candidates and were able to select those who met our criteria, both on a technical and personal level. This process helps us maintain the exceptionally high quality standards we demand. The facilities in Pune are excellent, and our staff there have everything they need to deliver first-class work."
Neal Gandhi, CEO of Quickstart Global added: “We are delighted that Monumental chose to establish their operation in Pune. We knew from previous experience in this sector that there were candidates in the area with the specific skills to meet their needs. The Games Industry continues to enjoy significant growth (40 per cent revenue growth in 2009), however the availability of skills remains the biggest inhibitor to growth. Adoption of the Quickstart Global model can solve the problem for growing independent studios."