The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Growth, The Right Honourable Vince Cable MP visited Leamington Spa and spoke with videogames entrepreneur David Darling CBE, Kwalee CEO, and Codemasters’ co-founder.
Darling was personally invited to attend because of his long success in this ever evolving and challenging industry and his company’s position in the dense gaming cluster known as ‘Silicon Spa’. The British Liberal Democrat politician spoke to Darling about the barriers to growth, and the huge potential for expansion in the mobile gaming industry.
Darling was more than happy to discuss the industry with the SoS:
“With at least 14 gaming companies within Leamington Spa, it is one of the largest and most concentrated gaming clusters in the world.”
Darling is proud to be a part of Silicon Spa:
“I was very impressed that he had already heard about Leamington’s gaming cluster. The area has produced many games that have gone to the top of the charts and had world-wide success, including BMX Simulator, Dizzy, Colin McRae Rally, Micro Machines, Motorstorm and DJ Hero.”
He adds, ”It’s great to have the area’s many talented individuals recognised from the gaming business area now known as Silicon Spa.”
Kwalee are currently developing iOS games, with their next title being announced next week.
Cable’s visit comes after his recent announcement to give shareholders binding votes on executive pay.
About: Kwalee is a company based in Leamington Spa that develop and publish social multiplayer games for iPhone and other mobile devices. Founded by David Darling CBE, co-founder of Codemasters, with decades of experience at the top level of the video game industry and contributions to many #1 games on numerous platforms in his CV. Kwalee is different. We seek to excite and entertain our customers with innovative new products that provide special experiences. Our ethos is based around a set of core values that put the customer first and which harness the creative skills of our staff to the maximum in order to do so. Kwalee is always very actively looking for those special people who want to join us in our exciting journey.