Citing the region’s attraction to creative and tech talent, Greenville, NC-based Grover Gaming is opening its new game development studio in Wilmington, according to a press release.
The studio, located in the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington, already has several employees in the office and will officially open on September 27 with around 20 employees. Ultimately, the company plans to hire more than 60 team members, Dean Smith, chief product officer, said in an email.
“Grover Gaming has pooled talent from across the country, and as we welcome newer and younger talent, there is increasing demand for an urban location at the heart of food, festivals and city events, ”Smith said. “Wilmington has a huge draw for creatives near the 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 Dottie Battoe will run the Wilmington games studio.
The positions the company holds and for which it is currently recruiting include game developers, programmers, 3D artists, QA professionals and quality testers, as well as senior positions such as studio general manager. , Artistic Director, Game Design Director and Game Development Director.
These positions, Smith said, are highly sought after by employers.
“[They] are in high demand jobs right now and are recruited from companies located in California, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Chicago. With all that Wilmington has to offer, we are confident we can compete with any of these other cities, ”said Smith.
Grover Gaming aims to attract 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, like events, local restaurants and events. 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 statement. “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 talent.”