TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, today announced Alistair Aitcheson Games as their newest member.
Alistair Aitcheson Games
is an independent games studio based in Wiltshire, UK. The studio is
run by programmer and artist Alistair Aitcheson, who produces all the
artwork, animation and program code for his games, as well as managing
all sides of business, PR and marketing. Alistair’s current focus is on
iPhone and iPad, with two key titles, Greedy Bankers and Greedy Bankers vs The World self-published in the App Store during 2011.
Alistair was selected in December 2011 for the Develop Magazine 30
Under 30 shortlist, who commented that as “one of 2011’s youngest 30
Under 30 nominees, he capably rivals the careers of those many years his
senior.” He has also spoken at the Develop Liverpool conference and the
TIGA Mobile Games Conference in November, as well as having his most
recent release selected for the Eurogamer Expo Indie Game Arcade.
Greedy Bankers for iPhone and Greedy Bankers vs The World
for iPad were launched in 2011, and represent the first commercial
releases for the studio. The games are driven by a simple-to-learn
mechanic of grouping coloured gems into ever-expanding squares and
rectangles, and demanding complex strategies in order to maximise player
scores. As a result Greedy Bankers reflects the developer’s
passion for abstract problem solving, and elegant design that rewards
experimentation. It also features the developer’s own hand-drawn
artwork, with the titular bankers on hand to challenge players and
congratulate their financial efforts.
The iPad sequel expands on the original iPhone game, adding in a multiplayer mode for players on a shared device. Both Greedy Bankers and Greedy Bankers vs The World will soon be receiving free-to-play updates. Alistair is excited to see how this new offering, titled Greedy Bankers: Bailout!, will expand the audience of the series, and encourage new iOS gamers to take on the financial fraternity. Greedy Bankers: Bailout! is due for release at the end of March.
Alistair explains the reason why he decided to join TIGA:
“I am hugely excited to join TIGA. Their presence at events and hosting
of conferences and developer meet-ups has been incredibly valuable for
independent micro-studios like my own, and is something that I am very
eager to participate in more actively. There has never been a better
time for independent games, and the support of TIGA gives studios like
mine new opportunities to network, receive essential practical advice
and become stronger businesses.
I particularly look forward to making the most of their PR and trade
show services, as well as their upcoming self-publishing service – a
subject that is, given the nature of my studio, very close to my heart.”
Dr. Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO welcomed the organisation to TIGA:
“TIGA is determined to help start-up studios prosper and grow. To that
end we are campaigning on behalf of the games industry in political
circles to convice politicians to create an environment favourable to
our industry. TIGA is also directly helping our industry thorugh the
provision of networking events, information and advice and discounts on
key industry services. We look forward to working with Alistair
Aitcheson Games and we welcome them to the TIGA network.”
Notes to editors:
TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry.The
majority of our members are either independent games developers or
in-house publisher owned developers.We also have games publishers,
outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst
our membership. TIGA was awarded ‘Trade Association of the Year’ and the
‘Member Recruitment Award’ at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice
TIGA has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management
Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the
category of ‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’. TIGA
is an ‘Investors in People’ accredited organisation.
TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games
business. We focus on three sets of activities: political
representation, generating media coverage and developing services that
enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that TIGA
members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their
voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a
material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs
and improved commercial opportunities.
For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email