Codemasters Software Company Limited - One of the oldest surviving British game studios
Click Entertainment is a distributor and wholesale supplier of Codemasters video game products.
Codemasters is one of the longest running British video game developers. In 2005, Rod Cousens (formerly of Acclaim) was appointed as Managing Director. In this same year, Codemasters was named as the top independent games developer by Develop Magazine. In 2008, co-founders, Richard and David Darling, were both appointed Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008 for services to the computer games industry.
In the last three years Codemasters have since continued to release titles for later generation systems, such as the Colin McRae Rally series, TOCA Touring Car series, Brian Lara Cricket series and Operation Flashpoint.
In June 2007 Codemasters were purchased by equity group Balderton Capital. At this point the company logo changed to an interlocked metallic C and M. Following this, Codemasters then released the latest in the Colin McRae Rally series, DiRT. They have recently published Overlord and Clive Barker's Jericho.
In 2008, Codemasters announced a new deal with Majesco which will focus on titles for DS and Wii, including Nanostray 2, Toy Shop, Cake Mania 2 and Nancy Drew: The Mystery of the Clue Bender Society for DS, and Wild Earth: African Safari, Our House and Cake Mania for Wii.
In May 2008 Codemasters announced that they had won the rights to the Formula One license after Sony's deal ran out. Codemasters will release Formula One 2009 for the Nintendo Wii and Sony PSP in October 2009. It was also announced they would release Formula One 2010 in mid 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Games for Windows Live using the same graphics engine as was used on GRID.
In April 2008 Sega announced the closure of Sega Racing Studio, following this, on 25 April 2008, Codemaster bought Sega Racing Studio. The studio was then headed by Guy Wilday, who was involved in the Colin MacRae Rally games.