UK industry layoffs bittersweet for Ruffian
Monday, 16th November 2009 at 3:55 pm
Start-up studio managed to offer jobs to a number of unemployed devs
Dundee-based development outfit Ruffian has benefited from closures at a number of UK studios – such as Midway Newcastle – as the studio’s producer James Cope described the bittersweet ebb and flow of the UK industry.
Speaking at Dundee's NEoN event on Saturday, Cope gave his perspective on what has been a tumultuous number of months for the UK games industry.
"It's a little bit sad to say, but we've been fortunate from timings of closing of other studios,” he said, as quoted in a GamesIndustry.biz report.
“There's an ebb and flow to the games industry and studios are born and die. And we became a little bit lucky when a couple of key studios went under, like Midway. That helped us a lot."
Start-up studio Ruffian was brought to light at the end of 2008. The firm was founded by a trio of industry veterans – including Gareth Noyce, former Xen CEO Gary Liddon, as well as Crackdown lead designer (and Develop columnist) Billy Thomson.
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