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Who Are We

We’re Thud Media, an award winning development studio making games, apps and experiences for various platforms. We are specialists in Unity with several game releases to our name for PC and mobile, as well as studio (TV) and installations. In addition they have created over twenty HTML5 games for browser and mobile platforms since the company began.

We develop standout interactive content and experiences, animated games for all ages, including specialised preschool content. We build websites that meet our high design expectations and have created interactive eBooks, quiz show apps, second screen experiences and more for a variety of projects and clients.

The company is based in Cardiff, Wales alongside Bait Studio and Cloth Cat Animation; we have a rich grounding in design, animation and VFX and combine this with our technical expertise to deliver compelling interactive content.

We take fresh approaches to the conventions of web and game design, utilising our diverse skillset and the collaborative experience at our core. Our passion is working with our clients to craft bespoke content that is expertly built to brief.

Whatever your venture may be, get in touch and Thud Media will help turn your ideal interactive project into a reality.

Ben Cawthorne

@DigitalNers

Creative Producer – Animation | Interactive

Ben is the Creative Producer for Thud Media and has many years’ experience in designing games and managing their delivery. Before Thud he worked for a decade in the animation industry, covering many areas of content production with predominant focus on development, design, technique, technology and workflow. He has worked in supervisory and management roles on numerous broadcast series including: Boj (Sprout/CBeebies), Rastamouse (BBC/Worldwide), The Lingo Show (BBC), Iconicles (BBC) and Fun with Claude (ZDF/Playhouse Disney).

With a strong technical understanding, creative project management skills and experience in developing the digital content strategy for IP, he oversees the Thud Media interactive team to explore cross-platform opportunities for projects.

He is involved in leading creative approach, seeking development opportunities for content, idea generation and technology progression within the group.

Shane Skuse

@Shane_Skuse

Head of Interactive Development

Shane is the Head of Interactive Development and Senior Developer at Thud Media with a long track record of delivering development projects. With a background in animation and interactive design, Shane joined Thud Media from the start to oversee the development of all interactive projects on a creative and technical level.

With his experience in animation production and knowledge of web and Unity development, Shane is able to produce interactive content to match the style and needs of a brand.

Since joining in 2013, Shane has worked on and managed over 30 projects for Thud Media; starting out as a Flash/HTML developer before advancing to Unity C#, custom APIs and writing his own engines. He sets up working practices and development pipelines for game development using his deep technical understanding and attention to detail.

Games Wales

Thud Media is a member of Games Wales, a non-profit industry group made up of Welsh games developers, educational institutions, media partners and industry bodies with a shared interest in promoting the games industry in Wales.

Games Wales represents the local industry and organises monthly events for the games community, creating opportunities to network, showcase new projects, share knowledge and gain inspiration. Event information is listed on the Facebook page.

We are involved in the Games Wales steering group and also helping to organise one of the most important events in the GW calendar: the Wales Games Development Show, an annual expo of exhibitors, workshops, speakers and more. Following on from 5 successful WGDS events, 2017’s show will be bigger and bolder; on June 10th 2017 the Welsh industry will be joining forces with our Celtic cousins to highlight all the great work from around Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to present the Celtic Games Show at Tramshed and Tramshed Tech. Expect exhibitors, masterclasses, educational workshops, business advice, awards and lots and lots of games.

The fantastic work of Games Wales ensures that the exciting development scene in Wales has a voice as it continues to thrive and grow, and we’re proud to be a part of it.

For the group’s latest activities follow @gameswales on Twitter.

BAFTA Cymru

We are honoured by the success and recognition our work has received from BAFTA Cymru Games:

  • Toot’s Race – Nominated for Best Game 2016
  • Boj Smoothies – Winner of Gameplay Design Commendation 2016
  • Boj Smoothies – Winner of Artistic Achievement Commendation 2016
  • Boj Smoothies – Winner of Sound and Music Commendation 2016
  • Boj Digs – Winner of Gameplay Design Commendation 2015
  • Boj Digs – Nominated for Artistic Achievement Commendation 2015
  • Boj Digs – Nominated for Sound and Music Commendation 2015
  • Toot’s Harbour – Winner of Sound and Music Commendation 2015
  • Toot’s Harbour – Nominated for Artistic Achievement Commendation 2015
  • Pyramid – Nominated for Gameplay Design Commendation 2015