Tech Track 100

Blitz Games is an example of the teen techno businesses that are being thrown up by the computer-games revolution. Twins Philip and Andrew Oliver began writing games in their bedroom at the age of 13 and went on to found Blitz Games in 1990.

With customers such as Disney, Microsoft and MGM, the company’s sales have grown 66% a year, from £1.4m in 1998 to £3.8m in 2000.

Its hits include Chicken Run, inspired by the film. A game based on The Mummy Returns is being developed for Microsoft’s X-Box.

The firm, which has its headquarters in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, employs 105 staff with an average age of 23.

Blitz does not expect growth to slow for some time. Its market is booming. In America last year, sales of video games exceeded those of books. “Like it or loathe it, the video games market is the biggest entertainment market in the world,” says Philip Oliver. “It’s great for us. We would do this job even if there was no money in it.”

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Company details
CompanyBlitz Games
ActivityComputer games developer
Average 3 year sales growth66.22%
Latest sales £000s3,758

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