IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
30th September 2008
Rebellion is the fastest growing computer games developer according to The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 2008, the official ranking of Britain’s fastest-growing private technology, telecoms and digital media companies.
Reaching a respectable placement of 83 with its first appearance in this influential report, this recognition builds on Rebellion’s long-term aim achieved earlier this year; being named Europe’s No.1 Independent Developer in Develop magazine’s 2008 DEVELOP 100 games development studio ranking.
Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director says,“We strive to develop innovative, exciting and quality games. Reaching No.1 in Europe this year was a great achievement for everyone at Rebellion, but to now be named as the fastest growing games developer in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in the same year, is very special. Our successes this year are testament to the hard work all our teams put in every day.”
Chris Kingsley, CTO adds,“With this milestone, 2008 could well be our best year so far, but we are staying firmly focused on the future. Our further expansion programme is well underway and we are working on exciting projects across the board. There’s definitely more to come from Rebellion!”
Rebellion was also one of six companies chosen by Tech Track 100 for a selected profile in the official Tech Track 100 Research Report.
Rebellion stood out with its 42.67 per cent growth and£11m in annual sales in the past year (up from 2004'5's£4m). Catherine Wheatley of the Sunday Times, writes“This year’s survey of the fastest-growing private technology firms shows that they are likely to go on flourishing even as the economy turns down,” a sentiment the Kingsley brothers firmly agree with.
The UK-based computer games super-developer was established in 1992 by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley. Their first major success was Aliens Vs. PredatorTM on PC in 1999, creating game innovations years ahead of their time. As their name suggests, their approach to game production is focused primarily on cross-platform innovation and product quality. Their purchase of the UK sci-fi comic 2000 AD in 2000 and subsequent motion picture productions has provided valuable in-sight and experience in creating its unique product portfolio.
In 2005, Sniper Elite™ was released with Namco and MC2, securing critical acclaim, global sales success and winning the TIGA Award for‘Best PC/Console Game 2005’. Lauded as‘The Gran Turismo of war games' by the gaming press, it has built upon the collection of Rebellion® owned IPs, which includes World War Zero® and the 2000 AD character Rogue Trooper®..
In the summer of 2006, Rebellion® purchased the Core Design studios, responsible for the Lara Croft - Tomb Raider series and Strangelite studios in Liverpool. These acquisitions established the company as one of the biggest and most innovative studios within the European development community.
From July to December 2006, Rebellion® won‘Most Improved Developer’ at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, was nominated for two BAFTA awards for Best Character and Best Screenplay for Rogue Trooper® and won the TIGA Awards for‘Best Developer’ and‘Best Hand-held and console game’ for Miami Vice: The Game.
2007 was Rebellion’s 15th anniversary and saw the company acquire the Awesome Studio from Ignition in March increasing its staff to 280 personnel. 2007 saw the release of the global hits; The Simpsons Game with EA on PlayStation®2&PSP&Nintendo Wii, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with EA on PlayStation®PSP, Star Wars: Renegade Squadron with LucasArts on PlayStation®PSP, Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem with Sierra on PlayStation®PSP and finally Rebellion’s own brand Free Running® with Reef Entertainment on PlayStation®2&PSP.
2008 sees the long-awaited move to the purpose built Studio in Oxford, Next-Gen project announcements and the fruition of Rebellion’s ambitious plans.
The Develop 100 2008 rankings saw Rebellion rise to No.16.
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