- Gamesco founded by industry veteran Rob Ollett, previously of Jagex and Bigpoint, with big plans to make multiplayer and connected titles for PC and console
- Gamesco bringing a ‘networked’ approach to publishing by outsourcing development to established studios, reducing the cost of infrastructure and staffing overheads that affects many game companies
- Gamesco is the first videogames publisher to be founded and based on the Isle of Man
Officially emerging today after a year of planning and hard work, PC and console games publisher Gamesco (www.gamesco.com) joins the UK’s burgeoning games industry as its latest member. Gamesco aims to bring a new approach to the business of publishing games. Backed by significant initial investment, Gamesco’s focus is on creating big, brilliant and engaging online and massively multiplayer games based around iconic brands and original IP. With several as-yet unannounced games already in development, Gamesco plans to announce its first titles before the end of 2015.
Founded and led by Rob Ollett, veteran of hugely successful game companies including Jagex and Bigpoint, Gamesco plans to evolve the traditionally top-heavy approach that has become typical of most publishers. Instead, Ollett sees Gamesco as a ‘networked’ publisher, using a partnership-led approach to match each IP with the best developer for that particular game from a network of independent studios around the world, taking advantage of the world-class technical infrastructure offered by the Isle of Man. This means that Gamesco can work on creating and launching multiple titles at once, and allows for a much more decentralized, flexible and nimble approach – where the developers are left to do what they do best. As CEO, Ollett is supported by an experienced and talented senior team drawn from the videogames, TV and visual effects industries.
“The idea behind Gamesco is to make brilliant, connected games that deliver immersive online experiences – whether that’s our own original IP or a really interesting brand, “ said Ollett. “I believe the future of games is in creating these story-driven, communal experiences, with games becoming bigger, deeper and turning into fan-driven communities in their own right. By setting ourselves up as a networked publisher we are nimble and efficient enough to find the best developers around the world to bring these worlds to life, keeping overheads low and putting the maximum focus on creating a great product.”
Gamesco has worked closely with a range of Isle of Man investors, the Isle of Man Government and also with Pinewood Pictures, part of Pinewood Group plc. Equity raised from the various investors to develop and publish the first four games titles amounts to over $5m. Development of a videogames industry in the Isle of Man is seen as a logical step, with the Government’s Minister for Economic Development Laurence Skelly MHK saying:
“For Gamesco to be the first videogames company here is really exciting. The Island is an ideal operational base, given its status as an international hub for e-gaming. I welcome Rob Ollett and his team who join a growing number of high quality providers within our wider e-Business sector that have been attracted to the world class business environment and benefits that the Isle of Man offers.”
“It’s fantastic that Pinewood has been able to work with the team at Gamesco and the government of the Isle of Man to support the growth of the games and entertainment industry on the island,” said Robert Norris, Commercial Director of Pinewood Pictures. “With several exciting online games in the works – including some with strong brand partnerships – Gamesco is a great addition to the other companies based on the island.”