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High-profile award wins, entry into the prestigious Golden Joysticks Hall of Fame, and games for the new generation of consoles cap a huge year for the independent video games label.

Monday, 7th December 2020 – Team17 is today celebrating its 30th anniversary, a major landmark for the British-based, multi-award-winning independent video games label and developer that comes just days after it launched its latest title, Worms Rumble. One of the oldest video games development companies, over its three decades Team17 has developed and/or published over 110 games, starting with Full Contact on the Amiga and going on to include the ubiquitous and multi-award-winning Worms and Overcooked! series.

Thoroughout the last 12 months, Team17’s position as one of the world’s most respected independent video games companies was cemented with a number of prestigioius awards. In March, Team17 was recognised as Publisher of the Year at the MCV/Develop Awards; this was followed by Publishing Star of the Year at the Develop:Star Awards, and its joint induction into Future Publishing’s Golden Joystick Hall of Fame alongside its beloved Worms series in November. Team17 CEO and co-founder, Debbie Bestwick MBE, has also been recognised this year, securing the Entrepreneur of the Year at the London Stock Exchange AIM Awards 2020: the first time any individual from the video games industry has won the award.

This year, Team17 has released 10 games across a variety of genres, including Moving Out (SMG Studio), Golf With Your Friends (Blacklight Interactive); Neon Abyss (Veewo Games), and The Survivalists (Team17). Its final release of the year, Monster Sanctuary from German developer moi rai, launches tomorrow (8th December). The company has also released two titles for the new generation of video games consoles, Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Ghost Town Games/Team17) on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, and Worms Rumble (Team17) on PlayStation 5, which is also available on PC and PlayStation 4.

Debbie Bestwick MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Team17, said:

“Time flies when your having fun, and it’s been 30 years of creating amazing worlds, characters, and stories with the most diverse games portfolio from talented games creators around the globe. It’s nearly a decade since I stepped up to become CEO after co-founding in 1990. In that time, we’ve worked tirelessly to nurture homegrown and global independent development talent so they can create games for the many hundreds of millions of players around the world.

“We continue to strive to embody the spirit of independent games, and it’s a privilege to have worked with our Teamsters, development and business partners over the last 30 years.”

Dr Jo Twist OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Ukie, said:

“Team 17 is one of the major success stories of the UK games industry. Their track record of releasing great games is matched by their fantastic work supporting developers of all sizes reach the market, their huge contribution to the economy and their impact in the investment community. We wish them a very happy 30th birthday and look forward to many more in the future.”

About Team17 Group plc

Founded in 1990, Team17 Group plc is a leading developer, video games label, and creative partner for developers around the world. Floated on AIM in 2018, Team17, with its extensive portfolio of over 100 titles, embodies the spirit of independent games. In addition to the award-winning Overcooked!, Yoku’s Island Express, and the iconic Worms, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, Team17 has helped bring critically acclaimed titles including Hell Let Loose, Moving Out, Golf With Your Friends, Yooka-Laylee, The Escapists, Blasphemous, Yoku’s Island Express and many more to gamers everywhere. Visit for more info.

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