Gaming News

February 17, 2015

Tag Games looking to double headcount, opens second studio

Tag_logoGreat news for the UK games industry as Tag Games, a Dundee mobile studio, has secured new office space to help accommodate its goal of doubling the existing 35 person workforce.

Tag has been working on mobile since 2006, with significant focus on free-to-play, but the release of an open source development engine, Chilliworks, has been a tremendous catalyst to growth. As a result, the team has secured a second floor for its Seabraes operation.

After failing to raise capital from banks to develop products, it secured £150,000 from LendingCrowd of Edinburgh, chaired by internet entrepreneur Bill Dobbie.

CEO Paul Farley said:

“The time is right for us to scale our team in Dundee. Following key hires, we’ll be building additional teams around three core areas of our business – partnership, own IP and technology. Technology has been a fundamental part of our investment into games as a service. Our first major milestone for 2015 was launching ChilliSource, our free open-source game engine and we have more products from the ChilliWorks suite in development for release later this year.”

The creator of the Dr Who game for the BBC hopes to use the crowdfunder finance to clinch a £1 million deal with a private equity company to bring in further vital backing it would otherwise struggle to find.

Head of business development Nina Cliff said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for Tag. We’re working with some fantastic partners and growing all aspects of the business. The new office space will enable the next stage of growth.”

Tag, based at Seabraes House in Greenmarket, Dundee, was formed by Paul Farley in 2006 and it has developed games for clients including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and MindCandy.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini