RetroFist lands lucrative Channel 4 deal

RetroFist lands lucrative Channel 4 deal

University of Wolverhampton spin-out RetroFist has had its new app snapped up by Channel 4’s new game publishing arm.

The firm, which is based at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park’s SPARK Business Incubation Centre, is set to launch Fire Fu in the next few months, with the support of All 4 Games.

The company, run by John Kearney and Rich Cross, was founded in August 2013 and this marks their first official game launch.

John Kearney, one of the co-founders of RetroFist, said: “We chose SPARK as our base due to the fact that we had already worked at the University’s Science Park for several years and found it to be a creative and relaxed working environment.

“We’re really excited about the launch and also the future prospects of business, and we’re already working on a follow-up title.”

Louise Hunter, business incubation manager for the university, added: “I am extremely delighted for the business.

“RetroFist is the only gaming app company we have at the moment and we provide them with an inexpensive, vibrant, trendy yet relaxed working environment as well as ongoing business growth opportunities and support.”  

RetroFist’s story is the latest in a string of success stories from the West Midlands’ booming gaming industry.

Incredibly, 25% of the UK’s gaming workforce is based in Birmingham alone.