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New multiplayer outsourcing studio opens in the UK

Nottingham-based The Multiplayer Guys staffed by team behind Terratech multiplayer and one of the first Xbox Live games

A new games company has formed in the UK dedicated to assisting developers with their multiplayer implementation.

The Multiplayer Guys has opened its doors in Nottingham, and its led by long-serving developer Rik Alexander and Steve Bennett. The duo is part of a team of ten that want to help other studios achieve their online ambitions when it comes to bringing players together.

The combined experience of the team encompasses of a range of past and present multiplayer titles - Alexander and Bennett, for example, have worked on the live operations for various MMOs, plus helped to create the MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology - one of the first Xbox Live-enabled products.

Their staff have also worked on the upcoming Project Cars 2, an unannounced flight simulator for Steam, Forza Horizon 2, Payload Studios' Terratech, and card game compilation Just Deal With It, announced for PS4 at E3 2018.

The Multiplayer Guys specialises in server/client architecture, live operations, as well as synchronous and asynchrous games, with expertise on console, PC and mobile.

"We firmly believe that multiplayer games are the best way to provide years of entertainment to the players as they fundamentally hook into an instinctive desire for social belonging and interpersonal exchange" said Alexander.

"However, designing, implementing and operating these experiences is complex. Each member of our team has been building multiplayer games for an average of 15 years now, we've made the mistakes, know many of the pitfalls and security issues and can help other studios build tailored solutions for their games."

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