Following an early stint as a postman, over the last 20 years, Shaun has dabbled in multiple industries, including e-commerce and production, before finding his home in video games in 2004. Having held previous roles at Lionhead Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Shaun founded Hutch in 2011 with the goal of breaking away from the negative tropes in the games industry and creating a people-led business. Shaun treats every failure and mistake as a learning experience and has created a strong work environment with high retention and a motivated workforce.
Hutch is a London-based free-to-play studio specialising in car games on mobile including F1 Clash, Top Drives and Rebel Racing. In December 2020 it was acquired by MTG Group for an expected $375M. CEO Shaun Rutland talks to David Amor, who has his own experiences of company acquisitions, and speaks openly and honestly about the motivations behind the sale, the process of the sale itself and the changes experienced on the other side. They will offer real-world tips and war stories to help you prepare your studio for acquisition.
By coming to Develop what you get is the opportunity to network like you can’t in any other situation. Everyone knows everyone and it’s such a wonderful community feel.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
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