Skymoons Technology opens Edinburgh Studio

Published: 05 June 2017

Chinese online mobile games developer Chengdu Skymoons Technology has moved into its new permanent home at tech incubator CodeBase after opening a studio in Edinburgh, its first in the west. We spoke to Skymoons Edinburgh Managing Director Michael Boniface…

Your business in brief?

Skymoons is a premier developer and publisher of online games for smartphone and tablet devices. Established in Chengdu in May 2014, Skymoons is the rising star in China’s mobile game industry. 

Skymoons Edinburgh is the company’s first expansion into western markets. Opened in January 2017, the team in Scotland is working on a mobile multiplayer title focused on both western and global markets. 

When trying to attract experienced staff to move, Edinburgh’s range of great schools, easy access to the outdoors and high standard of living is an attractive proposition.

Michael Boniface, managing director, Skymoons Edinburgh

What makes Edinburgh such an attractive market for you?

Established in Chengdu in May 2014, Skymoons is the rising star in China’s mobile game industry.

Edinburgh has a rich vibrant international culture, excellent universities and good travel links.

Specifically for Skymoons, the large international student base at The University of Edinburgh and the recent partnership between Abertay University’s games development programme and the new Pixseed Institute of Digital Art in Beijing were very appealing.

Finally, when trying to attract experienced staff to move, Edinburgh’s range of great schools, easy access to the outdoors and high standard of living is an attractive proposition.  

What jobs will be created?

Initially we plan to hire around 21 experienced game development professionals in our Edinburgh studio. We are already up to 18, and moved into our new permanent home at CodeBase on the 1st of  June. Hopes are that our recruitment target will increase after the release of our first title. 

Skymoons is a premier developer and publisher of online games for smartphone and tablet devices.

What's the vision for your business?

My vision for Skymoons Edinburgh is to be the launch pad into western markets for development and publishing.

Sharing ideas and expertise between the UK and China to achieve the common goal to entertain people globally with our products and create an inspirational, creative and collaborative work place.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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