About Us

Payload Studios is an award-winning, independent startup based in Farringdon, London.

We were founded in 2013 by Russ Clarke and Vincent Scheurer to make our flagship game, TerraTech. We’re now a team of 30+ passionate developers with an even mix of new graduates and industry veterans, with a strong track record in PC, console and mobile.

TerraTech

Our main focus is TerraTech: a top-10 title on Steam which we self publish and is going strong at 650,000 downloads and counting. TerraTech was successfully Kickstarted in 2014 and went in to Steam Early Access shortly afterwards. It came out of Early Access in 2018 and was launched on PS4, XboxOne and Switch. We have ambitious plans for the TerraTech IP, going into new genres, platforms and territories, and we're looking for outstanding game developers to join us and help make it happen.

We specialise in community-driven development. TerraTech is developed with our community having full transparency and direct involvement into what we’re working as early as possible and throughout. We constantly listen, discuss and present new work amongst our whole team and with our players. We’re built on the principle that everyone gets a say in how we make our games more awesome.

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The Tentacle Zone

Tentacle Zone

Created by Payload Studios, The Tentacle Zone is an independent developer collective. Initially conceived as a way for several small studios to split the costs of attending gaming events, it quickly evolved and has since supported 200 games through the stand.

The Tentacle Zone now includes a shared workspace in London for other game developers, talks and events. 2020 saw Tentacle Zone activities change to reflect working practices and game development during the global pandemic, with events being delivered online and recently launched a virtual incubator for underrepresented founders.

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Our Team

Russ Clarke

Russ Clarke

Founder & CEO
Vincent Scheurer

Vincent Scheurer

Founder & Director of Operations
Khally Saarman-Jones

Khally Saarman-Jones

Ops
Ben Heapy

Ben Heapy

Ops
Nisha Valand

Nisha Valand

Ops
Jason Howard

Jason Howard

Art
Rob Swinburn

Rob Swinburn

Art
Anton Korubov

Anton Korubov

Art
Nadim De Gouveia-Akhtar

Nadim De Gouveia-Akhtar

Art
Oliver Bermejo Hidalgo

Oliver Bermejo Hidalgo

Art
Sai Wun Poon

Sai Wun Poon

Production
Tom Page

Tom Page

Production
David Hodson

David Hodson

Production
Jamie Finch

Jamie Finch

Production
Jay Uppal

Jay Uppal

Data
John Brewer

John Brewer

Code
Tom Beaumont

Tom Beaumont

Code
Aldo Curtis

Aldo Curtis

Code
Richard Fox

Richard Fox

Code
Simon Hobbs

Simon Hobbs

Code
Josh Weeden

Josh Weeden

Code
Kris Skellorn

Kris Skellorn

Design
Greg Moniz

Greg Moniz

Design
Kae Cheung

Kae Cheung

Design
Adriano Rizzo

Adriano Rizzo

QA
Ebz Ken-Lewis

Ebz Ken-Lewis

QA
Cheryl Rowell

Cheryl Rowell

QA
Sammi Luzon

Sammi Luzon

QA
Matt Guest

Matt Guest

Comms
Rob Kinder

Rob Kinder

Publishing
Press Kit

Press Kit

For our full press kit, please click the button below to find logos, banners, social media links, downloads and articles.

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