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US Gaming Firm Rocket Science To Set Up New European HQ In Wales

A US games company is setting up a European headquarters operation in Wales in an investment that promises to create 50 jobs.

Rocket Science will establish its new operation in Cardiff creating skilled jobs for games industry graduates and professionals. The inward investment project was secured following at Welsh Government-led trade mission to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last year. At the event Rocket Science’s Welsh co-founder, Tom Daniel, who is originally from Bridgend but now based in Austin, Texas along with Brian Corrigan, connected with Creative Wales – Welsh Government’s creative agency – to discuss his company’s ambitious plans for growth.

Mirroring its operation in New York, Rocket Science’s new studio in Cardiff will work on the world’s biggest and most popular video games played by millions of people daily, while also building and supporting clients to create the biggest and most ambitious games of tomorrow.

The company will receive support from the Welsh Government’s Economy Futures Fund (EFF). The value of the capital support, funding, which will be paid in instalments, is £825,000 .

The Welsh Government has identified the global games market, which is projected to grow to over $200bn by 2025, as a sector with potential for significant growth in Wales.

Mr Daniel, who as well as being a co-founder is co-chief executive of Rocket Science said: “We see Cardiff as a fantastic opportunity for Rocket Science to establish its European base and really take advantage of this fantastic city.

“For years, I have personally felt Cardiff has a huge amount of potential to offer to the global video games industry and I am over the moon that with the help of the Welsh Government and Creative Wales we have finally been to make this a reality.

“Living in the United States, but being from Wales myself, it makes me extremely proud to be opening this studio back home. I hope that we can play our part in enticing many more international games companies to come join us here in Cardiff in the not-too-distant future and make Cardiff the next great UK gaming hub, which I believe it can be.”

Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Dawn Bowden, said: “This significant investment will support the Welsh Government’s strategic objective of developing the games industry in Wales.

“This new studio by Rocket Science has the potential to be a real game-changer for the sector, creating 50 well-paid jobs, driving economic growth and further develop Wales’ growing gaming sector, providing high quality employment opportunities for current and future generations.

“The Welsh Government is committed to working in partnership with the industries of the future to create new, high quality skilled jobs, while supporting its staff already working in these sectors to further develop their skills.”

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