Games developer turns a corner thanks to Hull Youth Support Trust.

Today we say goodbye to a gaming company that has developed a global footprint from its base at Hull Youth Support Trust (HYST).

BetaJester joined the HYST community in 2019 and in the three years the company has been at 161, High Street, it has won local, national, and global contracts.

This has helped the award-winning digital star-up increase it’s turnover year-on-year by 20 percent and to double its workforce in recent months.

Beta Jester is currently celebrating completing a job for U.S. based client Xbox. They updated the game Aerial_Kight’s Never Yield and it has been played by more than one million people in just a few weeks.

BetaJester cofounder, Adam Clewes-Boyne, said: “It has been a great year for us and we have a lot to look forward to. The pandemic shifted the way we work to being totally remote. We are grateful to HYST for the opportunities it gave us. It offered understanding and support combined with real business sense. It was massively beneficial to be based in the heart of Hull’s business district amongst other creative companies that has really helped us to develop and grow.”
Adam met co-founders Josh Porter and Ryan Burls-Lay when they were all studying Computer Science at the University of Hull.

Ryan said: “Being based at HYST has helped us to grow the company, by taking on employees, but it also helped us to network and mix with like-minded creative businesses, which has been useful for our development. We have been able to pass work on to other tenants at HYST and gain insight into other creative businesses. We would recommend HYST to any start-up.”

BetaJester, which offers a range of services will maintain a Yorkshire focus. They are currently pioneering their own game a comedy horror VR experience called The Burning Room, which has been written by Jeremy Dyson, best known for his work writing the hit comedy the League of Gentleman. A prototype of the game was recently picked up by the London Games Festival as one of its top twenty games to watch out for. HYST will certainly be watching BetaJester as they continue on their journey. Good luck lads!