When the Malmö-based gaming juggernaut, Sharkmob, wanted to expand their rapidly growing business with a brand new HQ in London’s bustling West End, they approached the team at Maris to help them create a space representative of the next phase of their business.
The Swedish company has famously experienced hyper growth since it was founded in 2017, growing from a small start-up to a team of more than 300 world-class developers in just a few years. Its growth potential was supercharged when it was bought by world-leading internet and technology company, Tencent, with their plans for a new studio in central London were announced in 2020.
Completed in May 2022 and now open for business in an enviable location at at 80 Strand, the new space encompasses 36,000 square feet complete with inspiring views of the River Thames and the London skyline.
We were asked to collaborate with them to help create an environment befitting the company’s passion for creativity and excellence, their forward-thinking approach to the working environment, and enabling their ambitions to continue pushing boundaries in their sector. They wanted to build on their people-centric ethos with a space which enabled them to create ambitious new IP whilst ensuring their team felt real ownership over their work, and have a great time doing it.
When asked what the team wanted from their London location, Sharkmob Managing Director, James Dobrowski, said:
“The space we have makes a huge difference! Our previous space fit around 40 people into less than 2,000 SQFT, whereas we can now house approximately 250 team members very comfortably. This studio is also tailor made for our specific requirements, spanning from the careful design of the general layout to some of the more specialist facilities we’re putting in place.”
Key features include:
- An amazing kitchen overlooking the Thames that can house every member of the team for all-hands events
- A dedicated User Research lab
- Dolby Atmos sound studios
- A board game room with custom D&D table
- An eSports room for play testing builds and after work events
- Designed with neuro-diversity in mind, minimising visual and audio noise from individual desks where possible