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

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 Software Developer, 4J Studios3 years ago
"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. :-).
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Dan Pearson European Editor, GamesIndustry.biz3 years ago
We're ahead of the devolutionary curve. :)
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 3 years ago
Blitz has exceptional people, well worth employing.

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

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James Leedham Programmer, Exient Ltd3 years ago
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

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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts3 years ago
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
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
I love it when the industry rallies around for the staff.
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