100 new recruits as Double Eleven doubles in size

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Middlesbrough-based games developer and publisher Double Eleven have announced they have doubled the size of their team in just 12 months, having welcomed their 200th employee.

The company, which launched 12 years ago from humble beginnings in a loft, has remotely recruited 103 new crew members to its Teesside headquarters and grown its Kuala Lumpur studio to 20 since the start of last year.

This growth has resulted from recruiting world-class talent locally, nationally, and internationally from America, Japan, Europe, and many other countries. Two thirds of those recruited have relocated to the Tees Valley.

Double Eleven has brought experience from outside the games industry to support their scale of growth, including welcoming Iain Farrell, who joined from Analox as programme manager, and Sarah Lowe, from Mitsubishi Chemicals as training and development manager.

All non-development teams have seen growth, including publishing, people and culture, IT and operations.

The company has gained a worldwide reputation for being trusted with some of the world’s biggest IPs. It is currently collaborating on Minecraft Dungeons with Mojang Studios and Prison Architect with Paradox Interactive, as well as other unannounced projects for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5. It recently launched the Rust Console Edition and is managing a vast community of players.

Lee Hutchinson, founder and CEO of Double Eleven, said: “Our recent growth has been phenomenal. It’s a reflection of the increasing scale and complexity of the type of projects we work on.

“We’ve built new teams and created new roles within the organisation to support our online services and infrastructure needs, people development and, most importantly, wellbeing.

“We are quite comfortable recruiting outside the game industry to find individuals we believe have the right capabilities and experience to help us grow and advance different business areas.

“We have reviewed over 1,700 applications, and throughout the pandemic our IT heroes have sourced, set up and shipped over £450,000 worth of high-spec equipment and office wear to ensure each team member has everything they need to thrive while we work remotely.”

During this time, the company has also made further investment in quality assurance engineering and process automation, opened a new development studio in Kuala Lumpur and expanded its facilities in its Teesside headquarters.

Not stopping there, the company will recruit an additional 100 staff over the next 12 months. Making it, by size, one of the top three independent, UK-headquartered games publishers and developers.

Lee added: “We’re building Double Eleven our way – with a people-before-profit philosophy which heavily influences the business and people decisions we make. It’s benefited our games and their results.

“We’ve recently created an Employee Diversity and Equality Network group to provide a safe space to debate topics centred around equality, diversity and inclusion, and it’s already resulted in new ways to improve the accessibility of our recruitment and onboarding process.

“With more than 15 different nationalities in our team, we truly believe that diversity creates great games.”

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, who recently visited Double Eleven to congratulate them on their milestone, said: “Double Eleven is truly one of biggest success stories in our region’s well-respected digital sector, going from strength to strength to work on titles for some of the world’s biggest video game series.

“It’s a testament to their determination and innovation that they’re continuing to grow so much, creating jobs and securing local talent while helping to raise our profile on the international digital stage. This is a fantastic milestone for the business and I look forward to hearing about their next great achievement.

“The success and growth of Double Eleven shows that you don’t have to leave Teesside for London’s silicon roundabout if you want to have a successful career as a games developer, you can do it here and work for one of the UK’s highest regarded games developer and publisher.”

Putting the company’s philosophy and culture at the core of how they operate is resulting in happy employees. With a Glassdoor company rating of 4.9 out of 5, Double Eleven scores highly with anonymous employee reviews and 95% of them said they would recommend working there to a friend. Lee also holds a 100% CEO approval rating on the site.

Opportunities at Double Eleven are available across various disciplines within the UK and Kuala Lumpur, and some roles qualify for 100% remote working.

Our picture shows Double Eleven’s Lee Hutchinson with his Tees Tech Awards Business Leader gong.