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Blitz spirit: UK developers rally round for ex-Blitz staff

Blitz spirit: UK developers rally round for ex-Blitz staff

Thu 12 Sep 2013 12:21pm GMT / 8:21am EDT / 5:21am PDT
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Studios show close community ties for casualties of closure

UK studios have been flooding twitter with commiserations and offers of support for the staff affected by today's closure of Blitz Studios and IndieCity, pointing the affected to jobs pages and open contracts.

At the centre of coordinating the efforts has been indie dev Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone and the forthcoming Volume. Since the news of the closure broke, Bithell has been asking for and retweeting the addresses of jobs pages in order to help those who have found themselves jobless find a new position.

Many offers came from nearby studios like Cambridge's Frontier and Natural Motion, which has offices in Oxford, Brighton and London. Smaller studios like Geek Beach also highlighted opportunities whilst bigger outfits like Playground, Eutechnyx, Jagex, Freestyle, Mind Candy and Unity were also on hand to help.

Tributes to the team's work weren't just limited to the UK, either. Offers of support came from Japan, Scotland and even Epic's Mark Rein in California.

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Mark Hughes
Freelance programmer

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"Tributes to the team's work weren't just limited to the UK, either. Offers of support came from Japan, Scotland and even Epic's Mark Rein in California."

Scotland isn't a part of the UK anymore? I didn't think the referendum was until next year. :-).

Posted:7 months ago

#1

Dan Pearson
European Editor

81 102 1.3
We're ahead of the devolutionary curve. :)

Posted:7 months ago

#2

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,716 598 0.3
Blitz has exceptional people, well worth employing.

This is a great opportunity for someone big to set up a new Leamington mobile studio.

Posted:7 months ago

#3

Sandy Lobban
Founder and Creative Director

317 174 0.5
Yeah good luck to the guys involved. Never a good time. Im sure they will all find work easily enough.

ps; Scotland always deserves an additional mention I feel. :)

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Sandy Lobban on 12th September 2013 4:22pm

Posted:7 months ago

#4

James Leedham
Programmer

4 0 0.0
Worth mentioning that Exient (with offices in Oxford and Leamington Spa) will be happy to offer positions to anyone from Blitz who we think is a good fit for us :)

EDIT: Just to add for the benefit of anyone from Blitz looking for a new position: Exient have decided to host a recruitment event specifically for you all at the Episode Hotel in Leamington Spa tomorrow from 11:00AM onwards. Please feel free to come and have a chat with us about possible job opportunities :)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by James Leedham on 12th September 2013 6:03pm

Posted:7 months ago

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Lewis Brown
Snr Sourcer/Recruiter

194 41 0.2
EA would also love to help, anyone looking for a role in the UK, across Europe or in the US or Canada please do get in touch lbrown@ea.com

Posted:7 months ago

#6

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,114 888 0.8
I love it when the industry rallies around for the staff.

Posted:7 months ago

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