Philip and Andrew rose to fame as the ‘Oliver Twins’ in the 1980s when they developed the ‘Simulator’ series and ‘Dizzy’ games which became one of the most famous video game characters of the 1980s. They are probably the most prolific 8-bit game developers in the world, having developed over 50 games, with over half of them becoming #1 UK bestsellers generating around five million game sales, and at one point representing over 15% of all UK games sales.
They founded Blitz Games in Leamington Spa in 1990 and built it into one of the largest and most successful UK Game development Studios until 2013, when they set up Radiant Worlds with co-founder Richard Smithies which has recently been sold to Rebellion. They continue to lead the Rebellion Warwick team and have a passion for inspiring the next generation of game developers.
They were both awarded Honorary Doctorates from Coventry University 2008.
Being at the heart of the growth of Silicon Spa they will take us through the history of the companies in the area, which between them now employ around 2500 game developers!