One of the leading international specialist software developers for interactive games, this British company originated in video services. With the appointment of Charles Cornwall as chief executive in 1995 the company moved into the games industry and underwent a period of rapid expansion, with its listing on the London Stock Exchange and takeovers of other companies in the field. The most significant of these were Domark in 1995 and CentreGold (including Core Design, the developer of Tomb Raider) in 1996, the year in which Tomb Raider was released. The establishment in 1998 of offices in Tokyo and Singapore furthered the company's international ambitions. The phenomenal success of some of the company's products was exemplified by the release in 1999 of the football game Championship Manager 3, selling 55,000 copies in the first two days and making it the fastest selling game in British PC history. The popularity of Tomb Raider was confirmed with the release in 2001 of the Paramount film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, with box office takings of over $48 million on the first weekend of its release in the United States. In the same year Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (first released in 2000) became Britain's best‐selling game ever, followed by Tomb Raider II and Tomb Raider. In 2002 Eidos announced Fresh Games, a new brand that aimed to bring Japanese games to the global market place, including such titles as Mr Mosquito, Legaia 2, and Mad Maestro.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.