The breadth of its potential applications for this virtual reality developer – from disease mapping to building design – led Japan’s SoftBank to invest $502m in May. The deal valued Improbable at more than $1bn and is the largest round of venture financing in British history. A shared love of multiplayer video games led Cambridge University computer science graduates Herman Narula, 29, now chief executive, and Rob Whitehead, 26, to start the firm in 2012. Its SpatialOS platform has driven the company’s growth so far, with video game developers using the platform to create games such as Worlds Adrift.

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Company details
Year2017
CompanyImprobable
ActivityVirtual reality technology developer
LocationCentral London
Latest sales £000sn/a
Forecast sales £000sn/a
Staff200
Founded2012
Websitewww.improbable.io

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