Lightwood Games Press Kit

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Company Overview

Lightwood Games is a trading name of Lightwood Consultancy Ltd, a small company based on Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Established in 1999, Lightwood gained a reputation for producing high quality software for clients around the world.

After a decade of delivering web-based projects for clients as diverse as motor traders, stock photography sites, roleplaying games and licensed real money poker operators, the developers found the lure of the new generation of mobile phones too strong to resist and extended their skills to provide consulting services in this sector.

The company began developing games for iOS in 2010 and the first app released by Lightwood Games - Word Search Party - was launched later that year. It has now been downloaded more than one million times.

Since then, the company has continued to focus on producing high quality applications in the puzzle game genre, and now concentrates exclusively on its game output.

In April 2012, Lightwood's developers won two awards at the UK's first GameHack event for their game Plasma Party. They won "Best Use of Mobile" and "Most Innovative App" for developing a unique multiple screen gaming platform in just 24 hours.

In September 2012, Lightwood Games was shortlisted for consideration in the category "App Developer 2012" at the Appsters Awards.


Chris Newman
Chris is the founder and managing director of Lightwood. He is a database expert and has written books about MySQL and SQLite. For many years, he built online gambling software and has a reputation for making systems that are as robust as they come.

He is responsible for the server backends that drive Lightwood's games and frequently he can be found extracting a wide range of often useless statistics from the games' databases.

Chris loves playing music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band and is a virtuoso with several different plastic instruments.

Katherine Gordon
Katherine joined Lightwood with a rich portfolio of mobile game development, having previously worked on licensed titles for the likes of Sony Entertainment and PopCap.

She builds iPhone apps at lightening speed, and would be so much faster if it wasn't for that pesky compiler. Often you'll find her knitting while waiting for the technology to catch up.

Katherine has a lasting fondness for point-and-click adventure games, in particular Zork Nemesis and Monkey Island, and she still treasures her Commodore Amiga.

A Husband and Wife Team
Katherine and Chris finally tied the knot in Las Vegas on October 5th, 2013!


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Media Contact

Chris Newman
Mobile: +44 7976 714632

Social Media Links

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Recent News Coverage

Get Four Times The Fun Of Connect Four With Foursies, AppAdvice, April 4th, 2013.

Coding in class - teachers told to take a back seat, BBC News met Lightwood's Katherine and Chris, February 1st 2013.

App attack: Microsoft could comfortably cull 75% of the Windows Store, reckons Lightwood Games, Pocket Gamer, December 13th 2012.

The iOS 6 App Store 'is a disaster' for developers, Develop, September 25th, 2012.

App Store alterations puts iOS's premier platform status under threat, claims Lightwood Games, Pocket Gamer, September 24th, 2012.

Developer calls out Apple's 'disastrous' App Store update in iOS 6, Pocket Gamer, September 24th, 2012.

Lightwood Games' Chris Newman on the thrill of the studio's five day game hack, Pocket Gamer, August 2nd, 2012.

GameHack sponsor BlueVia interviews Lightwood Games, May 16th, 2012.

Plasma Party on iOS takes the idea of "social" back into the real world,, May 13th, 2012.

Software firm wins praise for clever new app, The Sentinel, May 7th, 2012.

Sudoku Party Review: Surprisingly Fun,, February 21st, 2012.