UK-based developers Double Eleven will be expanding its offices. The new studio will be based in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, the heart of Malaysia’s rapidly growing game development scene.
Double Eleven are known to be the current caretakers of Prison Architect after Paradox Interactive purchased the rights to it from original publisher/developer Introversion Software. They are also co-developing the Diablo-like action RPG spin-off Minecraft Dungeons together with Mojang. Double Eleven are based in Middlesbrough, England, with near to 100 staff members, and Double Eleven Malaysia will be their first expansion.
“Malaysia’s high calibre talent and its great ecosystem between governments, universities, and businesses are among key reasons for our entry. We’re excited to be taking our people-first approach with this expansion and tapping into Malaysia’s highly capable local talents, hoping to become an integrated and active member of their burgeoning games industry,” said Lee Hutchinson, founder and CEO of Double Eleven (pictured above, left).
“We’re building Double Eleven Malaysia our way; it’s going to be a great place to work and we’re looking forward to the new team there becoming part of our tribe. Our Malaysian studio will bolster the incredible teams we have working in the UK, taking Double Eleven to the next level. The Asian market is a huge player on the global stage, and we want to be at the vanguard of this exciting new hotbed of our industry.”
“Malaysia has developed a vibrant and successful digital creative content industry over the past 15 years, with numerous international companies choosing to set up studios here. The current focus on realising the Digital Content Ecosystem Policy (DICE) reinforces Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN for animation and games content development,” said Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Vice President, Digital Creative Content, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Malaysia’s biggest champion for the video games industry.
“Our wide pool of exceptional talents, business-friendly government and ecosystem of great companies are key reasons companies are investing in Malaysia. UK-based Double Eleven is one such company and we are thrilled that it’s opening up a studio in Malaysia. In fact, we’re excited to see Malaysian creatives working on highly anticipated Double Eleven titles and now look forward to making great games together!”
Double Eleven joins Larian Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment to open a studio in Malaysia as of recently. Through MDEC, Malaysia’s government is committed to further promote the growth of the game development industry, as seen in DICE.
Double Eleven Malaysia will be fully operational by Q1 2020. Job openings for the Malaysian office, including QA Testing, are now available here.