Game on: Investors propel indie games developers to new level
Indie games developer Auroch Digital has attracted significant funding from investors at Bristol Private Equity Club.
Based in Stokes Croft near the Bristol Games Hub, Auroch Digital is a world-leading independent development studio and games consultant, set up by Tomas and Debbie Rawlings in 2010.
The company has now attracted £200,000 investment from BPEC.
This backing is augmented with further investment from other investors including mobile gaming giant Miniclip. Miniclip is majority owned by Tencent who have extensive games investments including in Epic Games (creators of Fortnite and the Unreal game engine) and Supercell (creators of Clash Royale and Clash of Clans)
The world-leading independent development studio and games consultant, designs, develops and consults on games on a range of platforms, from physical games to mobile, desktop and console, from large projects to smaller rapid-prototypes.
Tomas Rawlings, Design and Production Director at Auroch Digital said: “We’re using the investment to fund new original IP (Intellectual Property) games.
“We have a strong track record of partnering with other major IP holders’ games companies.
“What this investment allows us to do is take our creativity and development skills to the next level and invest in two new, totally original game ideas.
“We’ve got huge ambitions for new titles and this investment boosts those ambitions. The newest IP we’re building up was backed by the UK Games Fund, which gave us a huge boost when we started talking to investors.
“Having Miniclip onboard is also a major vote of confidence in our ideas, the team and our plans for the future.”
The company currently employs around 15 people – depending on specific project requirements.
“We’re a co-founding company of the non-profit Bristol Games Hub, so this investment also helps boost opportunities for others in the space as we’ve been drawing on more local talent in delivering our ambitions.
“In five years’ time we hope to have established several new gaming IPs and to continue to build acclaimed games without partners.”
Allan Rosengren from Bristol Private Equity Club said: “Game development has emerged from relatively humble beginnings to become a major worldwide growth industry.
“Bristol-based Auroch Digital is clearly a major force in this market and has already established impressive connections to some truly global brands.
“The company is constantly evolving and our investors are always keen to identify businesses capable of keeping pace with these rapidly advancing technologies.”
Further details of Bristol Private Equity Club can be found at www.bristolprivateequityclub.com
Further details on Auroch Digital can be found at www.aurochdigital.com.