Award-winning games developer becomes industry leader thanks to Cornwall Innovation
A games development company has become an industry leader in the region after launching its business from a Cornwall Innovation Centre.
Antimatter Games only had three members of staff when it first established itself at Tremough Innovation Centre in Penryn at the end of 2012, with other staff working remotely from locations around the world including Germany, France and Australia.
Many employees have since relocated to the county, and other staff brought in as the company has grown, boosting its workforce to the current 25. Since moving to the Innovation Centre, the company has worked on a number of well-known projects, such as Evolve, published by 2K Games, and a highly successful series for National Geographic.
Antimatter staff are currently developing a new game, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, with a trailer for the first person shooting game winning an award at an industry expo in America recently.
The Cornish studio has grown so quickly that it is now preparing to move on from the Innovation Centre operated by Plymouth University and transfer to larger premises in Falmouth town centre.
Rich Barham, director of Antimatter Games along with Sturt Jeffery and Robert Chudalla, said: “Tremough Innovation Centre was the perfect match for Antimatter and offered a fantastic collaborative working environment.
“The centre’s willingness to support us every time we needed to expand the business has been great. The team were with us for every step of our growth and we have now become the largest games studio in Cornwall. Since moving to Tremough, none of our staff have chosen to leave us, which not only speaks volumes for Antimatter as a great place to work but is also testament to the fantastic environment at Tremough.
“One of the reasons we chose to base ourselves here was that some of our employees were living in really nice places all over the world and we needed to tempt them to move, so Cornwall and this first-class facility were ideal. This is a really lovely part of the world and the facilities at Tremough are excellent.”
Specialising in supporting businesses from the creative, media and environmental science sectors, Tremough has been the perfect springboard for Antimatter’s impressive growth.
Being based close to Falmouth University has also brought positive benefits for Antimatter, with a number of students enrolled on gaming courses taking up internships at the company. There is also the potential for Antimatter to employ some of these graduates in the future.
Rich added that another emerging games studio, Round Table Games, of which he is a founder, could also look to move to Tremough in the future.
He said: “We are still in the start-up phase for this company but because of the positive experience Antimatter has received at Tremough, I would look at using the centre as a place for Round Table to be based when it does grow.”
The Penryn site is one of three acclaimed business acceleration centres in Cornwall operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, along with its sister centres Pool Innovation Centre and the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro.
The Cornwall Innovation programme has been supported with £29million of investment provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Companies based at the centres have enjoyed record annual growth of up to 40 per cent in one year thanks to the dedicated business support available.
Richard Snell, manager of Tremough Innovation Centre, said: “It has been a very rewarding experience supporting Antimatter Games to grow into the successful business it is today. Stories like this really highlight just what can be achieved if the right support is given to a business at the right time, and I wish the team the best of luck for the future as they move on from TIC.
“We are now home to around 50 eco, environmental, media and creative businesses and I am looking forward to continue helping them to grow and flourish, whilst welcoming new companies to the centre.”
(L-R): Richard Snell, Manager of Tremough Innovation Centre (TIC) with Antimatter Games staff Jack Hackett, Toby Ellis, Elly Flower, Richard Dawson (front) and director Rich Barham