Codemasters is one of the longest running British video game developers. Currently the CEO is Rod Cousens (formerly of Acclaim) . In 2005, Codemasters was named as the top independent games developer by Develop Magazine, an international monthly journal for video game developers.The co-founders, Richard and David Darling, were both appointed Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008 for services to the computer games industry.
Founded in 1985 by Richard and David Darling (who worked previously for Mastertronic), Codemasters quickly established themselves in the growing ZX Spectrum market. Richard and David mostly associated themselves with action games that required the player to solve simple puzzles by combining different objects. One of the best examples of these games is the Dizzy series. While Codemasters found their roots in the ZX Spectrum, they did not exclusively write for this one computer--they also released software (including the Dizzy series) for the Enterprise 128, Vic 20, Commodore 64, Commodore 16, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Commodore Amiga, and Atari ST.