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Scottish gaming studio Serious Parody raises funding for iOS games

Scotland-based game development studio Serious Parody has raised £1 million in funding to develop more games for its portfolio.

The company’s first offering is an iOS game called Wrestling Manager. The company will immediately start hiring at least 18 new developers for its new Dundee, Scotland-based studio with its funding.

Private, unnamed investors were behind the funding round. The full press release is below.

SERIOUS INVESTMENT FOR SERIOUS PARODY

Serious Parody to establish office and create 18 new jobs in Scotland.

DUNDEE, Scotland – May 16, 2012 –

Scottish Development International has backed Serious Parody’s plans to spend approximately one million pounds building out the company’s games portfolio. The money raised largely through the company’s private investors along with £230,000 from Scottish Enterprise’s Regional Selective Assistance grant, will go towards establishing a Dundee based office and the creation of 18 new jobs.

The investment means the company has immediately opened up a number of vacancies and is currently welcoming applicants to a number of positions, including Software Engineers of all levels, Animators, and Artists.

C.E.O, Dan Hinkles, said of the investment “We need a number of highly skilled and highly motivated games professionals to lead the company to success, and we’re delighted that these investments allow us to make such hires.”

He added “The company has a very clear roadmap to success, taking advantage of the transformational changes that have occurred with in the games industry of recent years. We have a number of highly ambitious new projects underway and we already have a ton of talent at the spine of the company with award winning artists and programmers on board. Now we’re looking for talented developers who can really help ‘raise the bar’ for the genre’s we’re working on.”

Applicants to the new studio can submit their cv to careers@serious-parody.com

Lena Wilson, chief executive, Scottish Enterprise, said: “The Scottish gaming industry continues to be one of the most recognised in the world and is ranked third in Europe’s top 50 games developer locations. This announcement is very encouraging and testament to our increasing reputation as the partner of choice in major projects.

“Regional Selective Assistance is a key source of funding we use to assist home-grown companies stay and grow in Scotland and equally, to help foreign investors view Scotland as the ideal place to locate and expand their businesses. These new jobs are a welcome boost for the local economy of Dundee and for the wider Scottish economy and we look forward to working with Serious Parody to help them realise their ambitious growth plans in Scotland.”

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