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New Tees Valley games company launches its first title

ByTeesside University

May 28, 2020

A new computer games studio founded by a Teesside University graduate has launched its first title.

Omniplay Games has released Databomb, a physics-based, puzzle game for Android smart phones.

The studio was founded by Thomas Beckensall, a Teesside University BA (Hons) Computer Games Art graduate, and is housed at Teesside Launchpad, the University’s enterprise hub.

Thomas was motivated to set up the company after taking part in a workshop run by DigitalCity about how to develop a mobile app.

He and a group of friends began talking about the sort of computer games they would like to see designed.

After the discussions became more serious and the germ of an idea began to be developed into a fully-fledged game, he formed Omniplay.

The company was supported in its initial stages through the Launchpad FUEL programme which offers Teesside University graduates who are in the initial stages of setting up their own business a cash grant, as well as expert mentoring and coaching and access to financial and investment support.

Omniplay now employs six people, the majority of whom are Teesside University graduates, and successfully launched its first title only a few months after starting up in autumn 2019.

Databomb uses a smart phone’s accelerometers to allow users to control a ball and guide it round a maze by tilting the phone.

Thomas said: “It’s fantastic to have gone from being a business that was based in my bedroom to launching our own title in just a few months.

“At the moment, we’re also a company for hire and working with other studios on projects that they are doing.

“Ultimately, our ambition is to become a fully-fledged games company producing our own material exclusively.”

Omniplay is also a finalist in Teesside University’s CoinOp challenge whereby teams design, produce and market their own arcade game.

The company is also about to embark on the DigitalCity Accelerator programme which offers digital start-ups in the Tees Valley a tailored package of mentoring, workshops and up to £5,000 grant funding to help businesses develop new products or build their digital proposition.

Steve Dougan, Head of Enterprise at Teesside University, said: “It’s fantastic to see a young company being able to develop its own IP and bring it to market in such a short space of time.

“We are delighted to have been able to offer Thomas and the team at Omniplay support to help them get the business off the ground and look forward to assisting with its continued success.”

For more information on Teesside University’s services to business visit www.tees.ac.uk/business

To download Databomb on the Google Play Store visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Omniplay.databomb&hl=en