Ocean Spark Studios is an award-winning video game development studio based in the Media Centre in Huddersfield town centre. Ocean Spark looks to create beautiful and memorable games that offer players a unique experience.
The company was set up in 2017 during founders Zachray Cundall, Ellie Brown and Helen Andrzejowska’s Enterprise Placement Year at the Duke of York Young Enterprise Centre within the University of Huddersfield. The trio graduated from their video games design course just this year.
The business has gone from strength to strength since its inception, with Ocean Spark scooping up accolades such as the prestigious Student Hero prize at the Grads in Games Awards and the Duke of York Young Entrepreneurs Award
Ocean Spark Studios were also shortlisted this year for the Arts Award in the Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards for their work with young people at their video game coding academy. Director Ellie Brown is passionate about getting young people from all types of backgrounds into video game development and creating art for the gaming industry. The academy usually takes place during the summer holidays and offers solo and group sessions that look to encourage teamwork and looks to inspire young people into a career in video game development.
Helen Andrzejowska, Director at Ocean Spark Studios, commented “When it comes to the games industry in the UK, Yorkshire has a brilliant network of game developers, from smaller indie studios to larger AAA teams. Huddersfield is a growing part of that network, and we are hoping to help put Huddersfield on the map as part of the UK games industry. One of the things we love about Huddersfield is the community spirit and how others will try to help and support you in whichever way they can, whether this be sharing your posts on social media, introducing you to new connections or simply offering a bit of friendly advice and this has had huge benefits to us as a business as we continue to grow.”