Driven by a passion for creating unique and cerebral video games, Coatsink was established eight years ago by two graduates from Teeside University, Tom Beardsmore and Paul Crabb. After garnering interest from Oculus, Coatsink developed the Samsung Gear VR launch title Esper (and its sequel Esper 2), followed by its first PlayStation 4 title, Shu in 2016.  

In 12 months, Coatsink has grown from a VR-focused developer of 30, to almost 50 employees working on most major gaming platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS Vita, PS VR, Oculus Rift, Gear VR, and PC.
July 2017 saw the release of the pioneering Samsung Gear VR game Augmented Empire, a cyberpunk RPG widely regarded as one of the deepest and most accomplished games on the system. Moreover, A Night Sky, released free on Samsung Gear VR in June, quickly became one of the platform’s most popular downloads and currently receives new monthly content. (A Night Sky currently has over 330 000 downloads.)

Coatsink has undergone exponential growth over the past year in terms of both the number and scale of projects undertaken, and remains a major presence at UK and international gaming festivals such as EGX, GDC, the Tokyo Game Show, PGC, and PAX.

Meet the Team

  • Tom Beardsmore

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Paul Crabb

    Chief Creative Officer

  • Simon Launder

    Chief Architect

  • Jimmy Whitemore

    Chief Technical Officer

  • Eddie Beardsmore

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Richard Snowdon

    Lead Producer

  • Sophie Smart

    Producer

  • Matt Daroczy

    Creative Director

  • Nicholas Adrian Peacock

    Creative Art Director

  • Torger Nærland

    Technical Art Director

  • Matt Hubery

    Lead Programmer

  • Emma Hollingsworth

    Lead Animator

  • Adam Dickinson

    Lead QA

  • Jonathon Wilson

    Lead Designer

  • Joe Robson

    Senior Programmer

  • Shaun Mitchell

    Senior Programmer

  • Calum Haigh

    Senior Programmer

  • Max Charnock

    Programmer

  • Ross Furmidge

    Programmer

  • Tom Elliott

    Programmer

  • Jake Rowe

    Programmer

  • Marty Green

    Programmer

  • Ewan Gibson

    Programmer

  • Liam Wilson

    Programmer

  • Scott Canfield

    Programmer

  • Preston Phillips

    Programmer

  • Alex Hunter

    Programmer

  • Christopher Walters

    Programmer

  • Josh Beech

    Programmer

  • Luke Owen

    Senior Artist

  • Hannah Watts

    Senior Artist

  • Gareth Davies

    Concept Artist

  • Emil Bachvarov

    Artist

  • Bethany Freckleton

    Artist

  • Bryn Morrison-Elliot

    Artist

  • Amanda Cheng

    Artist

  • Kathryn Davis

    Senior Designer

  • Mark Wilson

    Designer

  • Jorden Hildrew

    Designer

  • Lee Kemp

    Designer

  • Ella Shaw

    Designer

  • Emma Berry

    Animator

  • Ben Ayling

    Animator

  • Lewis Hill

    Animator

  • Bianca Iancu

    Animator

  • Richard Whitemore

    Animator

  • Jon Davies

    Narrative Designer

  • Simon James

    Sound Designer

  • Vince Webb

    Composer

  • Sarah Thomas

    QA

  • Luke Wintflint

    QA

  • Jack Sanderson

    PR Manager

  • Kal Holmes

    Community Manager & Web Manager