Violence, gambling and sofas have proved a successful combination for Chris van der Kuyl. The Scottish entrepreneur and computer programmer has created a business that provides couch potatoes with combative computer games.
With Ian Ritchie, who is now a Channel 4 director, van der Kuyl set up VIS entertainment in 1996 to make computer games. Venture capital was obtained from 3i and Scottish Equity Partners. VIS now has 100 staff at offices from Dundee and Glasgow to the Isle of Wight.
It recently launched I-Race, a digital TV horseracing channel, in a joint venture with Telewest. Sales have raced up 89% a year, from £721,000 in 1998 to £2.6m in 2000, although losses were significant.
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