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1,000 jobs to be created as Star Citizen game developer set to open new Manchester studio Prolific North

Independent video game developer Cloud Imperium Games has announced plans to open a new video game development studio in Manchester in 2022.

He plans to open the new studio in Manchester’s Enterprise City district in May 2022 and plans to create more than 700 jobs by 2023 and more than 1,000 over the next five years.

The game developer, founded in 2012 by Chris Roberts, is currently developing an anticipated game named Star Citizen and is also making a single-player game named Squadron 42, which features a star-studded cast with Hollywood stars from Mark Hamill to Gary Oldman.

It currently employs 700 people worldwide, including 400 people based at its current UK headquarters in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The Wilmslow team are about to move to the new Manchester headquarters to encourage collaboration.

Chris Roberts, CEO of Cloud Imperium Games, said: “Manchester is where I started my video game career, when I was hired to write Game of the Month for BBC Micro User in 1983 at age 14, so it makes me very happy to announce that we have signed a long term agreement for our largest office to date, in Manchester city center.

“The new Enterprise City space is the ideal location for game development, with its deep investment in businesses focused on media, technology and creativity. Manchester joins Los Angeles, Austin and Frankfurt to house the Cloud Imperium team, working in partnership with our gaming community on Star Citizen and Squadron 42.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, added: “We look forward to welcoming Cloud Imperium Games to the city-region in 2022 – with the aim of creating 1,000 jobs over the next five years, as well as the possibility for the region to play. a new role in the future of the game.