Scottish simulation specialist Dovetail Games is growing its office in Stirling with 20 new staff hires. The expansion comes after the company received a Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant of £200,000 from Scottish Enterprise to support the growth. Dovetail, headquartered south of the border in Chatham, Kent, is now poised to expand its workforce in Scotland to 50.
Dovetail is best-known for producing simulation games, which mimic real life professions and hobbies. Their most recognisable IP is Train Simulator, which allows players to drive freight and passenger trains under realistic conditions. The Dovetail team have brought Microsoft Flight Simulator X onto Steam, the largest digital distribution platform for PC gaming.
Paul Jackson, CEO of Dovetail Games said:
“The Interactive Entertainment industry is one of the most exciting places to be right now. We are known for our passion in creating and publishing world-class content that is globally exported.
“Securing this RSA funding means we can grow our Stirling team and evolve our business in line with our ambitions. Scotland is a fantastic business location for us, especially as we know the talent we want to recruit is on our doorstep.”
The Scottish games sector currently employs around 1,100 people and generates an annual turnover of £93 million.
Anke Heggie, Head of Company Growth at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Scotland has an abundance of creative and digital companies with global growth ambitions.
“Dovetail Games is a great example of a business where our tailored and strategic support allows the company to accelerate its growth to the next level. Support like this is critical for the long term future of Scotland’s creative industries.”
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, who toured the Stirling facilities on Wednesday, said: “This expansion is an exciting development for our creative industries, and will no doubt help attract even more talent to Scotland.
“Dovetail is an ambitious and innovative company succeeding in our flourishing video games sector. Scottish Enterprise funding will help grow its Scottish operation.”