Codemasters Birmingham move to Custard Factory

The Codemasters team (pic Codemasters)
The Codemasters team (pic Codemasters)

An award-winning West Midlands game developer, today best known for the Formula One series, but with a rich retro gaming heritage stretching right back to the heady days of the British home computer revolution, has revealed plans to move its Birmingham studio to the Custard Factory.

Code Masters logo 1986-1991
Code Masters logo 1986-1991

Famous Warwickshire-headquartered Codemasters, founded in 1986 as Code Masters by Richard Darling and David Darling (who worked previously for Mastertronic), currently has an operation at Tricorn House on Hagley Road in the city, where it employs a 120-strong team.

Codemasters is one of the oldest surviving British game studios, and in 2005 was named the top independent games developer by Develop magazine.

It has now taken a lease on a 9,000 sq ft unit at the creative quarter in Digbeth and will begin work on a three-month renovation programme to modernise the 100-year-old building

Nick Craig, Codemasters’ studio manager in Birmingham, said:

“We’re looking forward to becoming part of the vibrant community that the Custard Factory has created.

“This will move the studio to an area of the city much more suited to our unique business and company personality. From our new home we will continue to create some of the most successful racing games in the world and expand our successful portfolio of products onto mobile later this year.”

Lucan Gray, owner of the Custard Factory and Fazeley Studios, added:

“Each time a business joins our working community the whole gets stronger, giving more employment opportunities and expanding the talent pool.

“Codemasters is a particularly exciting company, combining cutting edge art, design, programming and much more to achieve international commercial success.”

The Custard Factory quarterof Birmingham is currently home to more than 500 creative and digital businesses.

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REVIVAL retro event set fair for summer!

Last year's REVIVAL Winter Warmer team, organisers and volunteers
Last year’s REVIVAL Winter Warmer team, organisers and volunteers

This year’s latest show for UK retro gaming and computing fans has been quietly (so far!) announced on the Facebook page of the organisers, Revival Retro Events.

And REVIVAL Solstice 2016 is all set to take place over the weekend of 30-31 July at a completely new venue for the show, the Banks’s Stadium (previously known as Bescot Stadium) – the home of Walsall Football Club in the West Midlands!

After the event’s successful, albeit somewhat smaller, comeback event Winter Warmer 2015, last November, and previous big event successes, REVIVAL once again returns to large scale this summer with the aptly titled REVIVAL Solstice 2016.

New show plan
Arcade days all over again at REVIVAL 2014!
Arcade days all over again at REVIVAL 2014!

This new event marks the start of a new show plan for future REVIVAL events organised by the RRE team, headed up by Craig Turner, and brings back all the attractions of their previous fun-packed summer exhibitions.

This year’s event features already include:

  • Over 100 playable retro consoles and computers
  • Over 50 classic video arcade machines and pinball machines
  • On-stage competitions and prizes
  • A larger selection of traders offering various retro collectables
  • The return of the guest talks panels and new gamer’s theatre
  • Reasonably priced, fully licensed bar and gamer’s snack bar serving hot and cold food
  • New large summer venue for up to 1000 visitors per day
  • Easy transport access from M6 J9 and J10 and the Bescot Stadium railway station between Birmingham and Walsall.
  • Choice of nearby hotels with direct rail and bus links to the venue
The hunt is on for that retro holy grail at REVIVAL 2014...
The hunt is on for that retro holy grail at REVIVAL 2014…
Event page

The organisers have already set up an event page is now up via their  Facebook page and e-tickets are now on sale directly from their ticket merchant here:…/view-event/…/47596/chk/069b

Tickets are priced at £12 per day/£20 for a weekend for adults, and concessional tickets at £6 per day/£10 for a weekend for children (12 or under), disabled users and their assistants.

And there’s more

Head honcho of REVIVAL, Craig Turner of Turnarcades, said:

“Thanks to the popularity and support shown by the attendees and contributors of our warm-up event, the team are once again in a position to bring back all the popular features of our previous full scale events as we always wanted to.

“This means that more contributors will be involved to bring you more playable systems, more games, more arcades, more pinball, more unique show experiences, new guests, more competitions, more traders, more stuff to buy and more prizes!

“This new event is intended to be complemented by a new size Winter event called ‘Equinox’, so be sure you join us this Summer and enjoy that excellent REVIVAL atmosphere to make sure it can happen!”

If anyone is interested in making any pledges, getting involved (the event is mostly volunteer-supported), or are interesting in sponsoring or having a trade spot at the event, you are invited to message the organisers through Facebook, or e-mail Craig Turner direct at or via

More info

Full event information will soon be posted on the official website at and key information will also be posted on the organisers’ Facebook page.

For more about the venue, check out their website.

Needless to say, our editor Stuart Williams will be covering both days for Retro Computing News, and we hope to be promoting the site there.