The Chinese Room Hires 17

18th March 2019Posted by: Sumo Digital

Aims to double size of studio by end of 2019

The Chinese Room today announces that it has hired fifteen people over the last 3-months across a variety of disciplines including design, art, animation and programming.

Since being acquired by Sumo Digital in August 2018, The Chinese Room has been actively recruiting to grow the team to work on new, original titles.

Ed Daly, Studio Director, The Chinese Room said:

“I’m delighted to have such a range of new talent and experience on board, and we’re not done yet. It’s been particularly rewarding to have so many talented people show their passion for joining The Chinese Room and for the games we will be making here. “

Dan Pinchbeck, Creative Director, The Chinese Room added:

“We’re hard at work on a great new game and it’s fantastic to have brought together such an amazing bunch of talented developers to help realise it. We’ve got a brilliant mix of industry veterans and rising stars and it’s really exciting to see the studio keep evolving and growing.”


The recent hires are:

John McCormack, Art Director
Whose track record includes tenure at Lionhead and EA. Prior to The Chinese Room, John was a founder and director of Another Place Productions.

Nick Slaven, Technical Director
Formerly Head of Tech at Stainless Games.

Rob McLachlan, Lead Designer
Formerly at Climax and The Creative Assembly.

Ben Matthews, Lead Artist
Formerly at Wish Studios and Creative Assembly. Graduated from Bournemouth University BACVA 2009.

Darren Farmer, Senior Artist
18 years of experience including Sony, Wish and Relentless.

Tim Turner, Senior Character Artist
10 years of experience at studios including Rare, Jagex and Relentless.

Laura Dodds, Artist
Previously Head of Art at Dream Reality Interactive on several AR and VR titles. Graduate of The National Film and Television School.

James Rutter, Artist
Previously worked at Nixxes in The Netherlands.

Jasdev Singh Atwal, Junior Artist
First games artist role since his graduation from De Montfort University.

Tim Meredith, Senior Animator
Originally a model-maker, now 20 years as an animator with 15 of those in the games industry at Sproing and 22Cans.

Volker Pajatsch, Senior Animator
Classically trained and with experience in TV, film and games with credits including The Iron Giant movie and game projects for Ubisoft and Frontier.

Michele Nucera, Concept Artist
Joins the team from Sumo’s Sheffield studio, previously at Ubisoft Milan, where he worked on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

Sophie Blakemore, Senior Designer
20 years of experience at studios including The Creative Assembly and Rockstar.

Manos Agianniotakis, Designer
Formerly at Supermassive following graduation from The National Film & TV School and a 10-year career in academia.

Will Traynor, Designer
First position in the industry following graduation from Abertay University.

Stuart Findlater, Senior Programmer
Joins from PaperSeven with experience at Codemasters and Climax.

Joe Wheater, Programmer
First industry role, with a background in designing and developing interactive installations and digital art.

The Chinese Room is continuing to hire across all disciplines: The Chinese Room Careers

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