More than 1,000 people have applied to work at Peter Molyneux's Guildford startup 22 Cans.
Speaking to Giant Bomb, Molyneux revealed that there had been a rush of interest in his new studio, which he set up with former Lionhead CTO Tim Rance after leaving Microsoft's employ early last month.
"We've had over 1,000 people apply for jobs at 22 Cans," he said. "That's pretty damn exciting. I'm working 16 hours a day just answering those emails. I've said to myself, 'look, I've put this thing out there. I've got to answer all these emails, I've got to look at all the Molyjam entries, and I've got to [use] Twitter.'
"That's taking up a huge amount of time. It's fantastically, amazingly, incredibly exciting, though."
Despite 22 Cans' proximity to Lionhead – Molyneux says it's just 275 steps from one building to the other – his working day couldn't be more different. "The first thing I did was clear out my diary of all recurring meetings that just happen as part of running a company of 200 people, and being a part of Microsoft," he said.
"I realised that 75 per cent of my day was just doing nothing, basically. It was just doing meetings."
Despite that, Molyneux has no regrets – he describes his time with Microsoft as "an amazing experience" – but he's clearly enjoying his new-found freedom, and the opportunity to sit in front of a machine and code again.
"If you look at my coding style, it's just horrible," he admits. "It's old school, it's horrible. There's all this stuff that goes on with professional coding and coding standards – I haven't got any of that stuff."
Sounds like he could do with some help, then. In our jobs section, 22 Cans is currently recruiting an engineering intern/graduate engineer, and a software development engineer, with further vacancies listed on the company's official website.