Ant Workshop
Based in Edinburgh, Scotland

Founding date:
January 12, 2015


Press / Business contact:

Ant Workshop's Twitter
Ant Workshop's Facebook
Tony's Twitter

Dead End Job
Run From The Sun
Taps Aff


Ants - tiny, strong, focussed, good at working with others to achieve their goals and often with a nasty bite. Some of these characteristics (not so much the bitey ones) are also shared by Ant Workshop, a small independant game developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland.



Ant Workshop is a Develop and TIGA Award nominated microstudio founded in January 2015 by Tony Gowland to focus on developing original IP and interesting games with an off-beat sense of humour.

The company's first title was Binaries, a BAFTA nominated controller-smashingly tough 2D puzzle platform game, and most recently released Dead End Job - a cartoon twin-stick shooter about a Paranormal Pest Control worker - as a launch title for Apple Arcade, with PC & console launches in 2019.

Ant Workshop also helps other indies bring their cool games to consoles (most notably, Mike Bithell's Subsurface and Quarantine Circular on Nintendo Switch).

Tony Gowland

Tony has been a professional game designer since 2000. He has held senior and lead positions at Rockstar Games (working on hits such as the Grand Theft Auto: Stories series, GTA: Chinatown Wars, and 2010 Game of the Year Red Dead Redemption) and been Associate Creative Officer of Mobile at ActivisionBlizzard, bringing a brand new Call of Duty experience to mobile.

Starter for 6

Ant Workshop was supported through its early development by Starter for 6. This prestigious enterprise training programme is run by Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland's only specialist business support and development service for creative micro-businesses and cultural practitioners with investment from the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland’s Innovation Fund. Starter for 6 offers tailored support to help develop micro-businesses, optimising the economic potential of new starts in the creative sector, which currently has a £5billion annual turnover in Scotland.  As well as providing the grounding in structured business start-up and planning specifically for innovation and growth through a five month training programme, the programme uniquely offers participants the opportunity to pitch for up to £10,000 cash investment to take their idea to market. Since 2010, 186 businesses have been supported by Starter for 6. For further information visit www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk/starterfor6



Dead End Job - Ghoul-B-Gone Trailer (January 2019) YouTube

Dead End Job Trailer (March 2018) YouTube

Binaries Console Announce Trailer (July 2016) YouTube



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Awards & Recognition

  • "PocketGamer Mobile Games Awards "Best Indie Developer" 2020 Finalist" - January 2020
  • "4th Round UK Games Fund Awardee" - July 2018
  • "PocketGamer Big Indie Pitch Winner" - Dead End Job, November 2017
  • "Best Gameplay Design" - Binaries, Game Design Awards 2017
  • "Micro/Start Up Studio Develop Award 2017 Finalist" - July 2017
  • "BAFTA Scotland Best Game nominee" - Binaries, 2016
  • "Rock Paper Shotgun EGX Rezzed Selection" - Binaries, April 2016
  • "EGX Rezzed Top 20 Games of the Show, Voted by Attendees" - Binaries, April 2016
  • "2015 Starter for 6 Programme Awardee" - Glasgow, 07 August 2015

Edinburgh games developer creates independent design hub
A piece about Ant Workshop's involvement in forming an Edinburgh game development hub. scotsman.com.

BAFTA Guru Spotlight On... Indie Games Developer Tony Gowland
A short interview about routes in to the games industry and what Tony's job entails. guru.bafta.org.

Team & Repeating Collaborator

Tony Gowland

Martin Scott

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