Cirencester, United Kingdom – Less than three years since setting up business, mobile games studio Neon Play have won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the “Innovation” category. Neon Play, based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire have achieved nearly 50 million downloads in the three years since they launched in June 2010. And 15 of their mobile games have had over one million downloads, including games such as Flick Football, Paper Glider, Traffic Panic London and Bravo Force: Last Stand.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognises outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development.
It is believed that Neon Play is the first UK mobile game studio to receive a Queen’s Award.
Awarded annually on 21st April, to coincide with Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, candidates are judged to a demanding standard and must demonstrate the highest levels of excellence in each category. The award will be formally conferred by a grant of appointment, which will be presented to Neon Play by Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire later in the year. This will be followed in July by CEO Oli Christie and CTO Mark Allen meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
On top of this, Neon Play have also recently been recognised as one of the Top 250 “brightest and best” companies in the country by Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy. This has resulted in them being invited to be a founder member of Accelerate 250, a group of companies tasked with the ambition to help build Britain as a global centre for commercial excellence.
Oli Christie, CEO of Neon Play commented, “We have been lucky enough to win 12 business awards in the last year or so, but this crowns the lot and is the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. We are hugely honoured to win a Queen’s Award for Innovation. For such a young company in Cirencester to win this genuinely prestigious award is a huge moment in Neon Play’s short history.”
About Neon Play:
Based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, Neon Play Ltd is a privately held mobile games studio founded by Oli Christie. Neon Play makes iPhone and Android mobile games. Copyright (C) 2013 Neon Play Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About The Queen’s Award For Enterprise:
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is Britain’s top honour for industry, and has been awarded annually on the Queen’s official birthday, 21 April, since 1965.
About ACCELERATE 250:
An exclusive community made up of the very best of British business. These are the UK’s so-called ‘vital six per cent’ – the businesses that are creating more than half of the nation’s new jobs by disrupting industries and creating new markets.
The ACCELERATE 250 are chosen on the basis of superb record of achievement in their respective fields.
Based in Cirencester, Glos, United Kingdom, Neon Play Ltd is a privately held mobile games studio founded by Oli Christie. Neon Play makes iPhone and Android games and works with a variety of partners with the aim to launch the most addictive and fun games on the Apple App Store. Copyright (C) 2013 Neon Play Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.