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.
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.
Some history of Codemasters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codemasters
For more information on Codemasters today: http://www.codemasters.com/
And on the Custard Factory: http://www.custardfactory.co.uk/