The game development industry is an important part of the UK economy and these are some notable game development companies in the UK that are making waves all over the country and globally:
Ustwo is a London-based game development company that developed the popular puzzle game Monument Valley for iPhone and iPad users. This particular puzzle game won in 2014 a prestigious Apple design award. The startup company was founded by Matt Miller and his friend John Sinclair.
The popular game Monument Valley was initially free but was afterward priced at just under £4.00 with the number of Apple downloads hitting 26 million in just over a year by May 2016.
The company also develops software and apps for other game companies, for example, the software for Tesco tablets and has also worked on Google’s operating system, in particular, their Android Watch system.
Rockstar North game development company is based in Edinburg and is renowned for making the widely popular game franchise Grand Theft Auto. Other game franchises to their credit are the Max Payne series, Red Dead Redemption, and Lemmings. The game Max Payne has also been turned into a movie.
Rockstar North was founded by two brothers: Sam and Dan Houser in 1998 and BMG Interactive was its predecessor. The popular game Grand Theft Auto V is one of their most profitable games and it made $1 billion in sales in 3 days after its release.
Rebellion Games is a British game development company based in Oxford. It is well-known for making action games and its most popular game franchises to date are the Aliens vs. Predators franchise and the Super Elite franchise.
Rebellion Games was founded in 1992 by two brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley who had also shared a passion for playing and making games. Rebellion Games is one of the few successful game companies that have remained fiercely independent.
The company has also diversified into other fields such as comic books publishing through the Abaddon Books imprint.
Sports Interactive Company is a video game developer based in London and is renowned for the popular Football Manager series. It was founded in 1994 by the Collyer brothers and in 2006 was acquired by video game publisher Sega.
Football Manager has become a highly influential video game because it mimics to a great deal the real world of football management from player transfers to handling the media to injury management.