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Games developer Double Eleven looks to move up a level with 100 new jobs

A games developer and publisher has pledged to create 100 jobs after welcoming its 200th employee.

Double Eleven wants extra workers to meet continued demand for new titles.

Bosses say they expect to fill the roles over the next 12 months.

Their plans come after the business, based in Middlesbrough, remotely recruited 103 workers to its Teesside headquarters a further 20 to its Kuala Lumpur studio over the past year.

Bosses say all non-development teams have seen growth, including publishing, people and culture and IT operations.

The company is currently collaborating on Minecraft Dungeons with Mojang Studios and Prison Architect with Paradox Interactive, as well as other unannounced projects for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5.

Lee Hutchinson [pictured], founder and chief executive of Double Eleven, said: “Our recent growth has been phenomenal; it’s a reflection of the increasing scale and complexity of the type of projects we work on.

“We’ve built new teams and created new roles within the organisation to support our online services and infrastructure needs, people development and, most importantly, wellbeing.

“We are quite comfortable recruiting outside the game industry to find individuals we believe have the right capabilities and experience to help us grow and advance different business areas.

“We have reviewed more than 1700 applications and throughout the pandemic our IT heroes have sourced, set up and shipped over £450,000 worth of high-spec equipment and office wear to ensure each team member has everything they need to thrive while we work remotely.”

Lee added: “We’re building Double Eleven our way, with a people before profit philosophy which heavily influences the business and people decisions we make.

“It’s benefited our games and their results.

“We’ve recently created an employee diversity and equality network group to provide a safe space to debate topics around equality, diversity and inclusion, and it’s already resulted in new ways to improve the accessibility of our recruitment and onboarding process.

“With 15-plus different nationalities in our team, we truly believe diversity creates great games.”