Japanese publisher Gumi opens four new studios in Europe and US

Japanese publisher Gumi opens four new studios in Europe and US
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

August 22nd 2014 at 11:29AM

Offices in Austin, Vancouver, Stockholm and Kiev to focus on Western markets

Japanese mobile gaming developer and publisher Gumi has opened four new studios in Europe and the US.

The new offices are based in Austin, Stockholm, Kiev and Vancouver, the latter of which is staffed by ex-Capcom staff. A further office will also be opened in San Francisco focusing on business development and public relations.

The firm has also hired Xbox Studio Manager AJ Redmer to lead creative development at the firm’s US operations.

Gumi has stated it plans to open additional studios in the near future, with a focus on different genres. The company aims to release some 30 new titles across the globe and has signed a deal with Sega to release its Japanese titles in North America, Europe and Asia.

The news comes shortly after the publisher raised $50 million in funding.

“In our experience of achieving global success with Brave Frontier, we recognised that Western markets, such as the US, Canada, and Europe, have unique tastes to their local cultures and playing styles," said Gumi CEO Hironao Kunimitsu.

"As we have already done with our studios in Asia, we've set out to build studios in key regions with the best talent and domain expertise to produce original content that is relevant to local markets in the West."

Gumi has previously published games such as Brave Frontier, and already has offices in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China and France.