Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
May 22, 2019
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Founders Sell Final Shares In Codemasters

Founders Sell Final Shares In Codemasters

June 14, 2007 | By David Jenkins

June 14, 2007 | By David Jenkins
    Post A Comment
More: Console/PC

Officials from British publisher and developer Codemasters have announced that company founders David and Richard Darling, and their father Jim, have sold their remaining stake in the company to venture capital firm Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital Europe).

Balderton first acquired a 40 percent stake in the company in 2005 and bought a further 30 percent share in 2006. At the same time, Goldman Sachs had provided 50 million ($98.4m) of finance to support the companys future growth plans.

Codemasters was formed by the Darling family in 1986, with the Darling brothers presented as the archetypal "bedroom programmers". In its formative years, the company was known for its wide range of original budget titles for early 8-bit and 16-bit computers. In later years, the company became better known for its use of the Micro Machines license and a range of British based sports simulations based on cricket, rugby and various motorsports, including the DiRT/Colin McRae series.

More recently, the company has also begun to diversify into publishing PC titles, largely those developed in Eastern Europe, and massively multiplayer online role-playing games, including European distribution on recent hit The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

The company has seen a lot of recent activity at a corporate level, with a new logo and rebranding, as well as the hiring of Konami and Capcom industry veterans to aid its business in North America, where it is now to be published by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Ynon Kreiz, general partner of Balderton Capital and board member of Codemasters, said: Codemasters is now fully funded and ready for its next stage of growth, with a great pipeline of new products and a world-class management in place. We are grateful for the contribution made by Jim, David and Richard and the key role they played to position the company for the future.

Rod Cousens, CEO of Codemasters, said: This new investment heralds the next stage for Codemasters as it realizes its ambitions to be a global player, readying itself for the digital age. For more than 20 years, Jim, David and Richard built Codemasters to become one of the video game industrys great British success stories; they brought enjoyment to many and made a valuable contribution to the industry as a whole.

Related Jobs

Sony PlayStation
Sony PlayStation — San Mateo, California, United States

Sr. Manager, Competitive Gaming (North America)
Cold War Game Studios, Inc.
Cold War Game Studios, Inc. — Remote, California, United States

Level / Encounter Designer
Insomniac Games
Insomniac Games — Burbank, California, United States

User Experience Researcher
Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Square Enix Co., Ltd. — Tokyo, Japan

Experienced Game Developer

Loading Comments

loader image