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develop 100 FOREWORD


British studios racing ahead


Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist looks at what this year’s UK Studio Hot List tells us about the state of play in UK games development


THIS YEAR’S Develop 100 shows the incredibly diverse and creative brilliance coming out of UK studios. Just looking at some of the games being made by the companies on this year’s list shows this: there are games like The Chinese Room’s Dear Esther, that charm with narrative; game jam experiments gone wild like Bossa Studio’s Surgeon Simulator; breakthrough mobile titles like CSR Racing by Boss Alien; big budget games like Playground Games’ Forza Horizon and cutting edge use of technology that you see in Wonderbook, made by SCE’s London Studio. These and all the other businesses in the Develop 100 show the range of skills and innovation that UK studios are capable of. The Develop 100 also shows another shift that has occurred in the industry, with a growing number of small studios making innovative games and micro studios successfully mixing it with bigger businesses, it’s very clear that there isn’t a one-size- fits-all recipe for success. But if you do get the right mix of talent you can make games of all sizes that appeal to a global audience.


04 UK STUDIO HOT LIST


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Forza Horizon from Playground Games is just one of the UK’s recent success stories


Ukie’s path has mirrored the


recent changes in the industry in terms of our membership and the services that we now offer. We came in to existence in 2010, changing from an organisation that just represented publishers (ELSPA), to something that is now there to represent the wider games industry. Three years later, we still represent global games publishers but we now have just as many developer members, many of whom are on the Develop 100 list this year. Innovation, diversity and


creative flair are all things that the UK has never been short of


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