Leamington-based video games developer and publisher Kwalee has 'delighted' Prime Minister Boris Johnson with its projected $30 million (more than £20 million) investment in operations and growth at its Bangalore studio in India over the next five years.
Kwalee announced its intention to make Bangalore the home of its first overseas studio back in May 2020, initially building the team on a remote basis due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With the physical Bangalore studio now established in one of the city’s vibrant technology parks, Kwalee Bangalore already employs around 50 staff and the company is planning significant expansion with around 80 current vacancies in India across all disciplines and 25 new vacancies in the UK.
Boris Johnson said: “I’m delighted that Kwalee is expanding into India to make the most of the opportunities for UK businesses in one of the world’s biggest economies.
"Our exporters are brilliant ambassadors for Britain and I hope today’s announcement is just the start of what you can do for India and the UK."
Team members in India have already contributed to the development of games such as Blade Forge 3D (20 million+ downloads), Teacher Simulator (25 million+) and Let’s Be Cops 3D (21 million+).
They have also been involved in updating classic titles like Draw It (90 million+ downloads) and have played a prominent role in many other games that are close to launching worldwide.
But as well as India having an increasingly significant part to play in the development of Kwalee’s titles, the publisher currently receives more downloads of its mobile games in India than in any other country.
With more than 600 million total downloads worldwide, including downloads in every country on earth, that amounts to a massive player base in India.
Kwalee's headquarters are in Leamington and the company was founded by games industry legend David Darling CBE, who previously co-founded Codemasters in 1986 and paved the way for the midlands gaming hub now known as ‘Silicon Spa’.
With Kwalee having made its name with ‘hypercasual’ mobile games, which are known for their mass appeal and accessibility, the firm now also publishes games on PC and console platforms.
David Darling CBE, CEO and founder of Kwalee, said: “It’s incredible to see the brilliant team we have managed to build in Bangalore, in such a short space of time
“The vision from the start was for our teams in the UK and India to collaborate as though they were one studio, and even under difficult circumstances we’ve seen the fruits of that with great games and a fundamental contribution from our colleagues in Bangalore.
“Our projected investment in Kwalee Bangalore over the next five years shows our commitment to continue building this amazing team and to maintain our rapid growth as we build a global team to make global hits.
"We’re so proud of what’s already been achieved in a disrupted year and we can’t wait to build on this platform.”
Fore more information about working at Kwalee along with a list of all its current vacancies visit www.kwalee.com/join-us