Japanese Game Developer SEGA to Shift QA Team from UK to Bulgaria

The European division of the Japanese game developer SEGA intends to move its QA team from London, the UK to Sofia, Bulgaria. The move will take place over a two-year period with Sega Development Services Sofia to open fully in June 2020, announced Gamesindustry.

There will be no immediate redundancies, and the staff will be given the opportunity to relocate or contribute to the completion of this project. SEGA said that the business is in active consultation with the team. 

It is interesting to add that SEGA already has its own team of developers in Bulgaria, consisting of about 60 people. In March 2017, its subsidiary company Creative Assembly acquired the Crytek Black Sea Sofia studio. The sale was due to the financial difficulties of the German Crytek.

Sega told Gamesindustry that Brexit, which is scheduled to take place next year, was not a factor for the move. Gary Dale, President, and COO of Sega Europe commented, "Bulgaria is a European leader for IT development, home to regional offices for some of the most renowned tech outfits in the world including IBM and Hewlett Packard and has a history of technological accomplishment and innovation". He also stated that the country is the perfect location to open what will become a best-in-class quality assurance operation with the capacity to expand.

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Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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