The head of Kuju America has told Develop that the UK independent’s expansion to San Francisco means the company can widen its talent base.
Kuju America was founded in February this year. Its office is in San Francisco, located near a number of other Bay Area studios.
Speaking in our latest studio profile, John Kavanagh – who is heading up the operation – said: “Our goal in establishing a North American outpost is two-fold. Firstly to establish a corporate base in the US market so that we can raise the profile of all the Kuju studios with US-based publishers and serve their needs by having a ‘same time zone’ contact for business development issues. Secondly to tap into the large local talent base and establish a best-in-class studio providing a local development solution for our publishing partners.”
“San Francisco has always been a hotbed of creativity and technical excellence. That and the proximity to publishers and the first party platform owners make it ideal,” he added.
“You get an amazing mix of experienced guys going all the way back to Atari days and recent grads from local universities. Putting experience with raw enthusiasm is always a formula for success.”