What is it like being a Games Developer in Bournemouth?
Most of the very few developers in Bournemouth are small indie studios.
We got in touch with one developer; Rebourne Studios.
The group of Bournemouth University graduates were stationed in Bournemouth for over 3 years before moving to the West Midlands.
CEO and Creative Director Jonathan Ridgway spoke of the teams time in Bournemouth.
He said: “We never had set offices, so we technically worked remotely from each other despite all being based in Bournemouth. That had its challenges. We worked (and continue to work) by using voice over IP to communicate and act as our office.”
Moreover, the company acknowledges the significance Bournemouth had on their company.
“Our company pays homage to Bournemouth in it’s name Re’bourne’ Studios as that was where we established it.” Ridgway continued.
The development process
Indie development has been widely recognised as a stressful endeavour.
Although the passion that these companies have shown to their craft is what keeps them moving on.
Ridgway said: “There’s a lot on your plate as an indie developer and whilst I think that is the biggest challenge or ‘hardest’ part, I would also argue it’s what makes it the most interesting.”
On the other hand there are local developers that better fit the criteria of larger scale production.
Companies like Amuzo, which produces Lego mobile games and other branded content can find it easier to produce larger scale games due to their bigger team.