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Blitz Games Studios closes after 23 years

Blitz Games Studios closes after 23 years

Dizzy, one of Blitz Games notable successes.

UK games developer Blitz Games has been forced to close after 23 years in the business, with the loss of around 175 jobs.

Founded in 1990 by twins Andrew and Philip Oliver, who both previously worked at Codemasters, the studio was one of the longest running in the UK and had notable success with the game Dizzy.

However, in recent years it had relied on licensed games and ports such as Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, Shrek Alarm, SpongeBob’s Surf And Skate Roadtrip and Epic Mickey 2.

‘We have managed to weather numerous storms over the last two decades that have sadly seen the demise of many of our friends and colleagues across the industry, but the run of problems we’ve had to face over the last year is unlike any we’ve seen before. Frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis, and more than our fair share of simple bad luck have all conspired against us and we are no longer able to continue trading,’ read a statement by Blitz Games CEO Philip Oliver.

Although Leamington-based, Blitz Games is closing the Oliver twins will be immediately starting another company that will continue work on two games, allowing them to re-employ around 50 of the 175 jobs lost.

Also, Oxford-based developer Rebellion is in talks with Blitz to potentially hire some of the remaining staff. Meanwhile informal job offers have been made on Twitter following the news being announced this morning, including offers from developers Jaw, Rocksteady and Lionhead Studios.

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mi1ez 12th September 2013, 16:25 Quote
Really sad to see them go, I have a few friends there and met Philip Oliver at a talk in Leamington just a few weeks ago.
AlienwareAndy 12th September 2013, 16:35 Quote
:(
Omnituens 12th September 2013, 18:07 Quote
Codemasters have also offered to help out, as they have a site near Leamington.
AlienwareAndy 12th September 2013, 18:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Omnituens
Codemasters have also offered to help out, as they have a site near Leamington.

Will they make all of their games orientated toward Americans and dumb down the handling and difficulty?

OK so that was too easy
The_Crapman 12th September 2013, 19:34 Quote
another uk developer dies, the curse of the app games continues. :'( Funny codies offering to help out after making at least 150 people redundant earlier this year.
wafflesomd 13th September 2013, 12:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by AlienwareAndy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Omnituens
Codemasters have also offered to help out, as they have a site near Leamington.

Will they make all of their games orientated toward Americans and dumb down the handling and difficulty?

OK so that was too easy

posts like this are why I stopped going to the forums on this site.
John_T 14th September 2013, 01:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienwareAndy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Omnituens
Codemasters have also offered to help out, as they have a site near Leamington.

Will they make all of their games orientated toward Americans and dumb down the handling and difficulty?

OK so that was too easy

posts like this are why I stopped going to the forums on this site.

Casual and lazy xenophobia everywhere these days unfortunately.

Shame about the company, Dizzy was one of the greatest series of games ever made - a style I would have thought perfect for tablets and phones...
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