LEAMINGTON SPA, UK Blitz Games Studios CEO Philip Oliver named ‘Person of the Year’ at TIGA Awards ceremony.
Blitz Games Studios are very proud to announce that their CEO and co-founder Philip Oliver was presented with the ‘Person of the Year’ award at the inaugural TIGA Games Industry Awards ceremony on 1 st November. The TIGA awards are designed to celebrate and honour the best games in the industry over the last 12 months and also to highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation. Unlike the games awards which are voted upon after a shortlist is chosen by a galaxy of developers, publishers and journalists, this award was judged by a panel of industry peers.
Philip and his twin brother Andrew (the Oliver Twins) co-founded Blitz Games Studios in 1990 after creating a raft of hugely popular games during the 1980s, including the evergreen Dizzy series. Blitz is now one of the largest independent UK studios with a 220 strong workforce and a string of successful games including last year’s Puss In Boots. The diversity of their output stretches from their first mobile title to be exclusively designed for iOS, the recently-released Apple-featured Kumo Lumo published by Chillingo which achieved over a million downloads in its first fortnight, to the soon-to-be-released Disney Interactive game, co-developed with Junction Point, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.
“I was deeply honoured to be given this award,” said Philip. “At Blitz we have always tried to create great games, great entertainment, and I would like to acknowledge the help and support of my brother Andrew and also of the immense talent, hard work and dedication of all those working for Blitz. We’ve also always tried to make a real contribution to this industry, which is one of the reasons Andrew and I helped to set up TIGA in 2001. Now in 2012 the games industry is recognised as a major success story in the UK and I hope to see it go on to even greater success.” He added “It is humbling but very satisfying to be recognised by your peers.”
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Blitz Games Studios ( www.BlitzGamesStudios.com) is a highly respected, award-winning independent games developer founded in 1990 by industry veterans Philip & Andrew Oliver. Based in the UK (in Leamington Spa), it now employs over 220 dedicated and talented staff, and maintains a diverse portfolio that showcases its industry-leading, licensable development technology BlitzTech. Recent releases include the studio’s first exclusive iOS title Kumo Lumo (published by Chillingo), the upcoming Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney Interactive), and last year’s Puss In Boots: The Video Game (THQ/Dreamworks) and SpongeBob Squarepants Surf & Skate Roadtrip (THQ/Nickelodeon).