Rocket Flair Studios investing £700k after contract win

Belfast-based games development firm Rocket Flair Studios has won a multi-million-pound contract with a leading worldwide games developer.

Rocket Flair Studios is to invest more than £700,000 and is creating 14 specialised jobs to support the new contract.

The new roles are in areas that include full stack and front-end developers, quality assurance, lighting and animation engineers.

“This is a huge step forward for us, especially as 94% of the sales from the project will be in markets outside Northern Ireland. This will bolster our reputation globally”

Invest NI has offered Rocket Flair Studios £98,000 of support towards the creation of the 14 jobs. Eight of the jobs are in place.

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“Since establishing in 2017, we have used the latest immersive technology like augmented reality and virtual reality to create specialist city builder games for PC gamers, such as our mythical ancient Egypt city-builder, Dynasty of the Sands,” said Rocket Flair Studios director James Bradley.

“We are delighted that our innovative products have led us to secure a multi-million-pound contract with a prominent global games developer. This is a huge step forward for us, especially as 94% of the sales from the project will be in markets outside Northern Ireland. This will bolster our reputation globally.

“We would not have been able to maximise our new contract without Invest Northern Ireland’s support. We approached Invest NI’s Eastern Regional team in 2020 when we were a team of six. Its support to help us triple our workforce and create 14 jobs has given us the capacity and specialist expertise to secure and deliver this contract. We now hope to make our plans to create a centre of expertise for strategy-based PC games in Northern Ireland a reality.”

Congratulating the studio, Susan O’Kane, Invest NI Eastern Regional Manager, said: “Rocket Flair Studios is a local gaming start-up with a passion for building unique games.  Investments like these are key to our economic growth, as part of The Department for the Economy’s 10X Economic Vision.

“Rocket Flair really understands the global gaming industry and has created a niche with Dynasty of the Sands, which it has received worldwide recognition for. Securing a multi-million-pound contract at such an early stage in its business is a significant achievement.

“Our team continues to work closely with James to help deliver a strategic plan for the company to progress at pace and scale. Our support is already making a real difference to the company’s growth and has helped it expand its team, with some of the roles now in place. If this is what Rocket Flair can achieve in such a short period of time, I really look forward to following the company’s future success and continued innovative games developed at its Northern Ireland based studios,” added O’Kane.

Main image at top: Susan O’Kane, Invest NI’s Eastern Regional Manager; and James Bradley, Director of Rocket Flair Studios

John Kennedy
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