Outplay Entertainment Creating 150 Jobs

Outplay Entertainment Creating 150 Jobs

Publisher setting up new offices in Dundee thanks to £2.25 million from Scottish Enterprise.

Scottish publisher Outplay Entertainment has announced it is to set up new headquarters in Dundee, promising to create 150 jobs in the process.

The firm is to receive £2.25 million in funding through Regional Selective Assistance, a Scottish Enterprise scheme that provides grants to firms to create or safeguard employment.

Outplay is to focus on mobile and social gaming for delivery across a variety of digital platforms. CEO Douglas Hare said: “There are more people now playing games on different devices and in different ways, than ever before, creating a huge new audience that can truly be considered global in nature.

“From the earliest days of the industry, Scotland has built a reputation for creativity, inspiration and innovation, with the right skills, the right people and the right support – all in the right place.”

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond agreed, saying the news “reinforces Scotland’s reputation as an attractive and competitive location for the future of the videogames market. Once famed for jam, jute and journalism, Dundee is transforming into a hub for our creative industries and digital publishing.

“Outplay Entertainment’s decision to create up to 150 new jobs us testament to the city’s reputation for excellence in games development.”

Outplay was formed in 2010 by brothers Douglas and Richard Hare (pictured, with Salmond), industry veterans with over 50 years of experience between them. They set up Foundation 9 Entertainment in 2006, becoming one of the largest independent developers in the world by acquiring the likes of Sumo Digital and Shiny Entertainment.