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Monumental Games Opens Studio in India

by Rainier on Nov. 17, 2008 @ 11:13 a.m. PST

UK-based online games developer Monumental Games, currently working on Football Superstars, recently acquired part of Swordfish Studios, and announced today the opening of a state-of-the-art studio in Pune, India.

The studio has been established with the assistance of offshoring experts Quickstart Global, enabling Monumental to benefit from the talent pool in the Pune area.

Monumental have most recently hit the news with the imminent launch of Football Superstars, a Massively-Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) to be published by Cybersports in which players take on the role of footballers both on and off the pitch. While Monumental have previously used staff under a traditional outsourcing model, the attraction of the Quickstart Global model is that each employee is specifically selected by Monumental and lives up to the quality and productivity standards set by them. The studio currently houses a core team with plans to increase this in the near future.

Gylan Hunter, Art Director for Monumental said; “We were highly impressed by the quality of applicants. Prior to interview we viewed show-reels from candidates and were able to select those who met our criteria, both on a technical and personal level. This process helps us maintain the exceptionally high quality standards we demand. The facilities in Pune are excellent, and our staff there have everything they need to deliver first-class work”.

Neal Gandhi, CEO of Quickstart Global commented: “We are delighted that Monumental chose to establish their operation in Pune. We knew from previous experience in this sector that there were candidates in the area with the specific skills to meet their needs. The Games Industry continues to enjoy significant growth (40% revenue growth in 2009), however the availability of skills remains the biggest inhibitor to growth. Adoption of the Quickstart Global model can solve the problem for growing independent studios”.

The opening of the Pune facility will enable Monumental to enjoy sustainable long term competitive advantage and high-growth operational success within the global Online Game and Virtual World marketplace.

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