Andrew Mulholland, director of Hunted Cow

AN online game developer in Moray is creating eleven new jobs as it expands its business.

Elgin based Hunted Cow Studios is developing new games and is currently searching for new talent to join the existing team of 24 people.

A £45,707 grant was secured from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) last year for the expansion project and it expects to increase its annual turnover by 80%.

The firm started out in 2003 by Andrew Mulholland and Glenn Murphy and has grown steadily over the years

Posts being advertised include 2D and 3D artists, an assistant producer and unity developers to help provide world-class support to its game players across the world.

Since its inception, Hunted Cow Studios has launched many ambitious massive multi-player online (MMO) games.

The funding from HIE enabled the company to invest in advanced IT equipment and staff training, which will support its ambitious plans to develop and build new games.

Angie Smith, HIE’s Moray area team account manager, said: “Hunted Cow is a valuable employer in Elgin and contributes to the area’s creative industries economy.

The latest development will take the company to the next stage in its growth plan, creating more valuable jobs in Elgin and increasing its economic impact. “We are very pleased to provide support and will continue to work with the company as it grows.”

Andrew Mulholland, director of Hunted Cow, said: “We were delighted to secure the funding from HIE to help us expand our business and we look forward to welcoming new staff to our team. While the current situation is challenging for everyone, we are in a strong position and are pressing ahead with our growth plans. ”