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September 12, 2013

UK Games Developer Blitz Games Studios has Closed its Doors

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Blitz Games Studios in Leamington Spa has closed its doors for the last time. This is a sad time for the company who have been trading for the last 23 years and employed 175 staff. Company co-founder Philip Oliver said, 50 staff will be kept on to finish of current projects. He also said the company was unsustainable and had been struggling for several years.

Blitz is known for many popular titles, including high profile tie-ins such as Shrek, Spongebob Squarepants and Mickey Mouse. The company was set up in 1990 by twins Philip and Andrew Oliver. The pair also worked closely, mostly during the 1980s, with games publisher Codemasters.

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In a statement announcing Blitz’s closure, Mr Oliver said:

“Major clients have felt unable to commit to investment in significant projects, others have changed strategy whilst appearing committed, and others have been slow to commit at all – all of these things have continued to hurt our finances. We have also sustained the business for some time with our personal savings, but even those reserves have now been exhausted.”

Very sad times indeed. 

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini