Our Growing Game Studio NRD – Publication in Gefle Dagblad (Sweden)
Original article linked below in Swedish from Gefle Dagblad, a newspaper from the city of Gävle and the surrounding provide of Gävleborg and neighboring municipalities. Covering our growing game studio NRD Studios and employing new people to fill the growing need for more staff.
The computer game company grows so it’s cracking
Robert Mizen came to Sweden from the UK and stayed with his company. Jimmy Ersson was appointed as CAO / Head of Administration this autumn.
Last autumn, the computer game company comprised NRD Studios of two people hoping for four additional employees.
Today, nine people work full to get on with all the work at the company, which grows so it’s cracking.
“We are heavily understaffed,” said Robert Mizen, CEO.
He speaks mostly in English and sometimes takes the help of Jimmy Ersson – CAO or Administrative Director – to explain industry issues for a reporter obsessed in the computer game world.
In 2011, he traveled to Sweden with his friend, Stuart Brooks. It ended with Robert’s determination to try and run the company he had in Britain in Sweden since 2007.
“I just felt I wanted to live in Sweden. I liked the lifestyle here, nature and how society worked. I live in Älvkarleby and love it, he says.
But coming from another country and starting a business in Sweden was more difficult than he and Stuart had believed. They were not prepared for the Swedish bureaucracy.
“In England, you can start a business one day and then you’re up, but you’ll have to manage yourself. Here it takes longer but you have a lot of support and assistance from society. Above all, we have received a lot of help from the Employment Service when we have looked for people to hire, says Robert.
For employment, the company must. The gaming industry is growing very fast and development is fast.
“Right now we have jobs that could reach 30-40 people. Everyone is passionate about this and has spent a lot of time, power and sacrificed late evenings. But we need programmers and 3D animators, among other things. Animators are hard to find. Therefore, it is also a pity that the University in Gävle puts down the program that trained them, “says Robert.
NRD Studios has recently launched the Champions of Demah game, which they further develop. They will move from Teknikparken, where they think the premises are too expensive and do not fit their needs. Where the company will end up, they do not really know.
“But we will remain in this region,” said Robert.
The future seems bright. He says that different players in the industry only complement each other and get the interest in gaming to increase.
“It looks very good. Many people want what we do and they become more. The problems we are struggling with today are actually “childhood” issues for early companies and growing pains. This company could have between 100 and 150 employees in the future.