Darling brothers receive CBE

Co-founders of Codemasters, David and Richard Darling, recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
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The brothers who founded Codemasters as young developers, David and Richard Darling, have been named as Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (receving a CBE each) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The award was granted for the pair's 'services to the UK games industry'. They first founded Galactic Software in their youth during 1982, then made games for budget firm Mastertronic before founding Codemasters in 1986.

For just over 21 years, the two had senior management roles at the firm until they sold their stake last year.

"For over 20 years David and Richard led Codemasters as it became one of the video game industry's great British success stories," said Rod Cousens, currently Codemasters boss, told the BBC.

"Their drive and passion for creating the best in interactive entertainment will always be part of the industry's heritage and this recognition is well deserved."



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