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Troughton resurrects Pitbull name

New studio has already secured development project

Robert Troughton, co-founder of UK developer Pitbull Syndicate, has opened a new studio in Newcastle and already secured a development project.

Pitbull Studio opens a year after Midway liquidated the Pitbull Syndicate team, which were renamed Midway Newcastle after an acquisition in 2007 for more than £3 million.

"The North East has a lot of games development talent. It was a very sad day when the old studio closed and it’s really been my dream to revive it, said Troughton, managing director of the new business.

"The industry has changed a lot since the day that we sold the original Pitbull – it was a real shame that Midway’s management never seemed to move fast enough with the trends. We won’t be making the mistakes of the past with the new studio – what happened there has actually strengthened us, I would say, we’ve learnt a lot from the experience of being part of a large publisher."

As Pitbull Syndicate the studio created numerous Test Drive titles, Demolition Racer and LA Rush, and Wheelman for Midway.

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Chris Kirby Producer 8 years ago
Nice one bob... Good luck m8..
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Adrian Gilby Senior Programmer, Codemasters8 years ago
I had a feeling this was in the works. Good luck with the new studio!
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great to see new studios starting, especially in the current economic climate. good luck!
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Matt Wilkins envirnoment artist, Codemasters8 years ago
in bob we trust!
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Jason Stewart Associate Producer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe8 years ago
Best of luck with it and your new project(s).
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Jay Crowe Creative Director, Bohemia Interactive8 years ago
Great news, Bob - I wish you the very best.
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Steven Pick Lead Graphic Designer, Atomhawk Design8 years ago
Nice work, Rob! I didn't realise you started the company - I always thought you a Tools Programmer, but it seems you have a secret past. Best of luck!
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D8 years ago
What everyone else has said!

Steven, I didn't realise you were at Atomhawk - though thinking back now I'm sure I knew that back before my memory started to go:) Was talking to Ron this morning, sound like things are going well for you guys.

Every cloud has a silver lining, eh?
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robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard8 years ago
Steve - yeah, I was one of the original founders and shareholders of the old Pitbull. Of the original people, many went on to do different things - one running a tropical fish shop (Chris K), one being a successful award-winning landscape photographer (David T), one doing physiotherapy (Jimmy P), one doing website programming work (Daz T) and another, our original MD, is now a world-famous award-winning tattooist (Richard B)..! Some of these are now back or on their way back into the industry - such as Chris, who's now a producer living in Portugal.
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