Middlesbrough-based games development studio SockMonkey has seen its headcount grow from five to 13 in the last year, thanks to its expanding work with clients around the world, including SEGA and other global entertainment brands.

In addition to the new hires, including local games industry veteran Darren Falcus, who brings more than 35 years’ experience to the director of business development role, SockMonkey has also moved into larger offices in Middlesbrough’s BOHO 5. The office, which includes a games area similar to those seen in Silicon Valley, will give the studio room for future growth.

Bob Makin, CEO, SockMonkey, said: “Basing ourselves in Middlesbrough and choosing to only work with the best people in the industry has helped us build a culture where everyone is happy in their work – that has paid dividends and is helping us to win larger new contracts.

“We’ve had an amazing 12 months, and have set ourselves some pretty hard targets for the next couple of years – but we know ourexperience and technical knowledge, combined with our love of games really sets us apart from many other studios.”

The company, founded by Makin and Darren Cuthbert in 2013 has enjoyed consistent growth of around 30 per cent year on year and has ambitions to be a 50-person studio by 2021.