NCsoft Europe expands UK office

Tabula Rasa publisher adds 100 jobs to its Brighton location thanks to funding from government agency.

While much of the gaming news agenda has been dominated by Halo 3 in recent days, life has been going on for those outside Microsoft and Bungie. NCsoft Europe today announced that it will be expanding its office in Brighton, a move that will create over 100 new "high-skilled jobs."

NCsoft is a Korean publisher known for its online titles, which include the Guild Wars series, City of Heroes, Lineage, and the upcoming Richard Garriott-helmed sci-fi massively multiplayer game Tabula Rasa.

The expansion, on top of the 112 staff already employed by NCsoft in Brighton at its European headquarters, is primarily thanks to a grant from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), designed to ensure "continued sustained development." NCsoft is set to use the grant to launch a series of new products and shift offices into Brighton's CityPoint development. According to NCsoft's statement, the money also safeguards 110 jobs and will help to create 116 new positions in the next three years.

There have been concerns within the British games industry that it was beginning to lose out to countries such as Canada and Australia, which are offering tax incentives to companies that set up development studios. According to a report in the Financial Times, the Canadian city of Montreal pays around 40 percent of the salaries of games developers in the region. UK trade group TIGA warned at the Develop conference in Brighton this year that the number of games development companies in the UK has been falling, and called for government support for the industry.

Geoff Heath, NCsoft's CEO, told GameSpot, "We are delighted that SEEDA has decided to support NCsoft in creating what will be 100 new high-tech jobs in the region, for a company that continues to provide attractive new opportunities for UK talent. We believe that in conjunction with SEEDA's grant, this will encourage talent to stay within the UK. The extra investment also reaffirms our decision to be based in Brighton and take the business onwards to the next level."

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9 comments
DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Aww Brighton. I have spent the most time out of the US in Brighton. -Had a few life changing experiences there too.

osleyee
osleyee

i am really happy for ncsoft more jobs more big the video game industry also that really mest up that Canada and Australia, which are offering tax incentives to companies that set up development studios.

Shidousha
Shidousha

Only the first steps to bringing Guild Wars, City of Heroes, and City of Villains exclusively to the PS3.

Colsworl
Colsworl

When are the ps3 games coming NCsoft?

themeteor
themeteor

nice to a industry worth nearly (or was it more... can't remember) a billion getting some love

londonrider
londonrider

That would be a great help for UK game industry

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

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Armadous
Armadous

That's awesome, the states need to do this as well. Would really give a lot of the smaller developers without the financial backing from big publishers such as EA and Ubi to get a change to get their creations out there. No money for EA and Ubi though, that would not likely impact the consumer much at all. The truth be told though, the big publishers would probably find ways to gobble up government funding. Tis a sad sad reality we live in. Good on Brittin, Canada, and Australia though.