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North East games studio expands into new office


Middlesbrough games developer, SockMonkey says it plans to triple staff numbers by the end of next year.

The company which recently secured a £250k investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, has moved into Albert North in Middlesborough.

It has taken 5,000sq ft in the recently renovated buildings and will join tenants including Mabo, Salesfire, Big Bite, Appamondo, LouTom Media and iConvert.

“We’ve experienced tremendous growth recently and having almost doubled the team we had quickly outgrown our studio space in Boho Five,” explained Bob Makin, SockMonkey’s CEO.

“Keen to stay in Middlesbrough’s digital cluster, we needed a new office that would accommodate our future growth plans.

“When we visited 16/26 at Albert North, we immediately loved the location and the large, modern open plan space.”

The company works across console and PC titles for developers and publishers around the world, and is set to release its first original title, Fish Tanks, next year.

“This year has been challenging for so many businesses. We’ve been lucky that despite everything that is happening the gaming sector continues to grow rapidly, and our ambition to launch our own game will become a reality,” added Makin.

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