Chinese social game maker Rekoo to open London studio

Company aims to have 25 staff at Tech City office within three years
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Chinese social games firm Rekoo is opening an office in London’s Silicon Roundabout and has begun hiring development staff.

The firm has produced social games Sunshine Ranch and Sunshine Town, and overall its games attract 20 million active daily PC gamers and 10 million daily smartphone gamers.

Rekoo will hire ten employees initially, and expects to have 25 London staff within three years.

The firm plans to use its new London HQ to market its games to European consumers, and further its business by working with European and UK-based companies to publish their products in Asia.

“Opening up an office in London’s Tech City is a great move for Rekoo as it allows us to be the bridge between the European and Chinese mobile gaming markets,” said Lisa Pan, vice president of Rekoo.

“Companies in the UK produce very high quality games, and being in London means we can attract world-class talent and find new business opportunities with UK and European developers.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is on a six-day trade mission in China this week, said: “London’s dynamic tech cluster, from Kings Cross to Shoreditch and Whitechapel, already boasts close to 50,000 tech related jobs.

“As a leading light in China’s tech scene, Rekoo’s decision is another huge boost for the capital’s digital industries.

“Making the most of the great minds, talented workforce, and market opportunities within immediate access of our Tech City makes absolute sense which is why London is fast becoming the digital capital of the world.”

The Tech City area, located around Shoreditch and Old Street, is home to dozens of internet start-ups and media services firms. Games have a growing presence in the area, with Mind Candy, Plumtree and King all situated nearby.