A game development studio will open in Wilmington

Citing the region’s appeal for creative and tech talent, Greenville, North Carolina-based Grover Gaming is opening its new game development studio in Wilmington, according to a press release.

The studio, located at The Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington, already has several employees working in the office and will officially open on September 27 with approximately 20 employees. Ultimately, the company plans to hire more than 60 team members, chief product officer Dean Smith said in an email.

“Grover Gaming has brought together talent from across the country, and as we get new, younger talent, there’s more and more demand for an urban location that’s central to food, festivals and city ​​events,” Smith said. “Wilmington has huge creative appeal close to EUE/Screen Gems studios and downtown art galleries and museums.”

Grover Gaming develops software, gaming content and gaming systems for lotteries and charitable gaming jurisdictions. The company produces more than 80 game titles played across the country, according to Smith.

General Manager Dotty Battoe will lead the Wilmington Games Studio.

Positions the company holds and is currently recruiting for include game developers, programmers, 3D artists, quality assurance professionals and quality testers, as well as management positions such as general studio manager , art director, director of game design and director of game development.

These positions, Smith said, are in high demand by employers.

“[They] are jobs that are in high demand right now and are being recruited from companies located in California, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Chicago. With everything Wilmington has to offer, we’re confident we can compete with any of these other cities,” Smith said.

Grover Gaming aims to recruit local technical employees as well as employees from other locations.

“Wilmington has a vibrant culture and a vibrant arts scene – if we can’t find people locally, we hope to attract talent from across the country with the many things the city has to offer, such as events, local restaurants and beaches,” Smith mentioned.

The software company also hopes to support the local growth of tech talent by working with local colleges and universities.

“This expansion really makes sense to us,” Kevin Morse, director of market development, said in the release. “Wilmington is growing as fast as we are, and we know that having an independent game studio there will allow us to continue to attract top-notch talent.”