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International independent videogame developer Cloud Imperium Games today announced it will open a new game development studio in Manchester’s Enterprise City district, scheduled for May 2022.

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Cloud Imperium Games to Open New Videogame Development Studio in Manchester, UK. The Manchester studio will create more than 700 jobs in the metropolitan area by 2023, and over 1,000 within the next five years.

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About Cloud Imperium Games

Cloud Imperium Games is a new kind of independent studio dedicated to delivering AAA games outside the established publisher system. It was founded in 2012 by renowned visionary game developer Chris Roberts (Wing Commander series, Freelancer, Privateer), Sandi Gardiner, and international media lawyer and producer Ortwin Freyermuth (Carlito’s Way, Shattered, Das Boot - Director’s Cut), with industry veteran and studio director Erin Roberts (Lego videogame series, Starlancer, Privateer) joining the team in 2013. Cloud Imperium Games is creating Star Citizen, a record-shattering, largely crowdfunded space sim, and Squadron 42, a Hollywood-caliber, story-driven single-player game set in the same universe. Cloud Imperium Games operates in “open development” – sharing progress and updates in near real time. This paradigm-shifting development process (game development usually occurs behind closed doors) gives the community an unprecedented look at Star Citizen and Squadron 42’s development and allows direct feedback and interaction between players and developers, thereby ensuring that the games being developed are what players want to play.

About Enterprise City

Enterprise City is a new district of Manchester which combines exceptional workspaces, inspiring cultural spaces, and bespoke city centre living to create a place for enterprise, for the future, for making history, and for businesses to grow and root their HQ.

The cluster is a unique place that connects people and businesses, encourages collaboration, and creates success through expert place-making – to inspire, to start and to win.

Designed to be the home and headquarters of global media, tech and creative businesses, Enterprise City has a diverse range of spaces and advanced infrastructure to accommodate a range of growing start-ups, independents, SMEs and industry-leading global brands, including It will also be home to Manchester Studios, a new state-of-the-art TV broadcast and film studios facility which will create content watched and enjoyed by audiences all over the world, due to fully open in 2022.

Enterprise City is spearheaded by Allied London, an award-winning property development and investment company. The cluster of modern industry comprises of: The Factory, The ABC Buildings, The Northlight, Old Granada Studios, Manchester Goods Yard, Manchester Studio, Transmission, Campfield Yard, The Globe Building, Bonded Warehouse, Shipyard, Deuce & Hoops, Grape Street Deck, Cube Space and Vita Living.

For more information about Enterprise City and to find out how businesses can join its roster of global organisations, visit

About Allied London

Allied London is an award-winning UK company focused on creating inspiring places that dynamically change the ways in which we work and live in Britain. With energy and dedication, Allied London devise, design and deliver landmark mixed-use real estate developments, buildings and concepts in London, Manchester and Leeds. Past and current projects include St. John’s, Spinningfields, London Road Fire Station, Leeds Dock, and more. With three offices in three key U.K. cities, Allied London has a strong, dynamic team with diverse and creative experience in the business of property, finance, design, marketing and the arts.