Philip and Andrew Oliver were only 13 when they started their careers by designing computer games in their bedroom. Now they are developing games for Microsoft’s X-Box, have written a hugely successful tie-in with the hit film Chicken Run, and have also produced a game based on The Mummy Returns. Blitz Games, the company that the brothers founded in 1990, writes games, which it then passes on to a publisher. Healthy royalty revenues have driven sales growth at 76% a year from £684,000 in 1997 to £3.8m in 2000, when the company employed 86 staff with an average age of only 23. Growth does not look likely to slow for some time. Sales of video games in America last year exceeded those of books. ‘Like it or loathe it, the video games market is the biggest entertainment market in the world,’ says Philip. ‘It’s great for us. We would do this job even if there was no money in it.’
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