Video game developer agrees move to Birmingham tower | Midlands Property News

A video game developer and publisher which has sold more than 38 million games worldwide has agreed a deal to relocate its team to a floor at a landmark Birmingham office building.

Facepunch Studios Ltd has signed a ten-year lease on the eighth floor (12,132 sq ft) of the 26-storey 103 Colmore Row.

The company was founded in 2004 by Garry Newman and is currently based in Walsall. Its most prominent release is multiplayer survival game Rust, which has sold almost 14 million copies to date. Other titles include Garry’s Mod, Chippy and Sandbox.

Craig Gwilt, director at Facepunch, said: “We’re really excited to be relocating to 103 Colmore Row. Birmingham is the right choice for our expansion plans as there’s an abundance of creative talent in the area we can attract, with excellent transport links for our local, national and international employees and visitors, as well as the local amenities all within easy reach.

“Sitting right in the heart of the city centre, 103 Colmore Row is the perfect location for our new home.”

103 Colmore Row provides 223,631 sq ft of grade A workspace. A double height restaurant on the 24th floor and a ground floor bar and café, operated by D&D London, opens this month, along with a members’ business club on the 18th floor, in addition to three floors of flexible office space, managed by x+why.

Tenants include Arcadis, Browne Jacobson, Colliers, Gallagher, Grant Thornton, Knight Frank, RSM, Shoosmiths, and Tilney Smith & Williamson.

James Howarth, managing director of Sterling Property Ventures, developer of 103 Colmore Row, said: “To date, tenants at 103 Colmore Row have been exclusively from the business, professional and financial services sector, but we’re thrilled to add a creative, tech-based business to the mix.

“Facepunch’s decision to relocate its studio to 103 Colmore Row has broken the mould for traditional office buildings and demonstrates how they can be utilised by creative and tech businesses.”

The office space is being marketed by Colliers, Cushman & Wakefield, and Knight Frank.

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