Jason Kingsley: Rebellion isn't interested in going public

Jason Kingsley: Rebellion isn't interested in going public

Oxford's Rebellion isn't going to be the next British games company to do an IPO.

That's according to CEO Jason Kingsley OBE, who told that while he is glad to see the City and investors taking an interest in video games, he and his brother, CTO Chris Kingsley, who run the company,  value its independence.

The exec insisted, also, that Rebellion doesn't "want or need" to go public.

"It's very exciting for [Team17, Sumo and Codemasters] - they're colleagues and friends of mine," Kingsley said.

"They are doing well - and Frontier is doing incredibly well. All credit to their teams. They're a different kind of business to us. They're unique and have their own strengths. But the great thing is to see the City of London appreciating video game developers and publishers. It bodes well for the future, so long as these companies can keep going strong, which I'm absolutely certain they can, then the future is very bright.

"We don't have any plans to float. We don't really want or need to. My brother and I very much enjoy what we are doing now as a truly independent company. There are lots of different ways of defining an independent games developer and publisher. I don't think you can get anymore purely independent than we are - we're a family-owned business."

2018 has seen Sumo Digital, Codemasters and Team17 go public, following in the footsteps of Cambridge's Frontier Developments which did its IPO back in 2013.

The managing partner of investment firm Liberum Neil Patel - who helped Codemasters and Frontier go public - says that the City is looking for games companies that are top of a specific vertical, giving the example of Codemasters in the racing genre.

You can read more from Kingsley in our forthcoming interview about Rebellion's new IP Strange Brigade and how the company is going to be doing more with the 2000AD IP moving forwards 

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