Jobling fears "decimation" of UK developer scene

Eutechnyx business development director sees economic threat for publisher studios

Darren Jobling, business development director at Eutechnyx, has told that he is concerned for the future of the development community in the UK, and the economic threat to publisher-owned studios.

Speaking in an interview published today, Jobling drew a parallel to the series of acquisitions and subsequent closures to hit the country in the last decade, and worries that publishers could be forced to cut studios to drive down costs.

"I think we'll see more consolidation between publishers and developers, and more mergers," he said. "I also think we'll see a lot more closures in terms of publisher-owned studios. Some publishers see remote development studios as a drain on their resources and when it comes to cost-cutting, they're usually first in the firing line.

"My worry, though, is that we're going to see the decimation of the British game development community. Just as the British game publishing industry was hit by a bunch of buyouts and closures in the 1990s, the late 2000s may see the publisher-owned development community being hit every bit as hard."

The full interview with Darren Jobling is available now.

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Latest comments (1)

Tom Planer Digital Marketing Assistant, Qube Media9 years ago
It looks like 2009 is going to be one of those years when a big shuffle happens. The recession is having a clear effect on the games industry, as far as redundancies and studio closures are concerned, but sometimes this is what an industry needs to keep itself fresh. Although it may seem like the end of the world for the number of video games professionals who have lost their jobs, don't forget about the number of opportunities that are out there as well.
Now is the time for developers to get together and start the independent studio you always dreamt of running. There is no shortage of skill out there looking for work, and it is clear from 4th quarter sales that there is still a consumer demand for games. Download markets are booming, which means that small development studios no longer face as many of the barriers to market entry as they used to.
Business professionals in the games industry out of work should look towards agencies. With the major publishers unable to carry out their marketing and PR in house, they are looking to outsource all of it, and this means that the jobs you want are not necessarily at the big publishers, but rather with the smaller marketing and PR agencies, so why not try approaching some of them instead? The same goes for designers and coders. Yes you have the knowledge and ability to make video games, but you also have an incredible knowledge of how the games industry works and what makes people buy games. Perhaps it's time to consider being a freelance consultant...
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