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Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic opens second UK studio

The second studio has been formed shortly after Tencent grabbed a minority stake in Playtonic.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 23, 2022

1 Min Read

Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic has opened a second studio in the UK.

Playtonic was established by a cohort of former Rare developers in 2014. The studio released its debut title Yooka-Laylee in 2017 and has also branched into publishing.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the new office is based in Leamington Spa and will initially house around 10 employees.

Playtonic's head of software Simon Gerges said he's been pushing for a second studio for a while, and explained the company wanted to broaden its reach.

"We're looking at a hybrid way of working, but we still believe in the power of office working. We have a small office that fits up to ten initially, and we'll see how that goes," added Gerges, indicating Playtonic would considering expanding the new office if neccesary.

The news comes a few months after Tencent purchased a minority stake in Playtonic, giving the studio the resources required to "fast-track" a number of projects and bolster its publishing capabilities.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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