Brian (right) founded Zeppotron Games in 1987, with older brother Darren (below) joining three years later, and their company – which changed its name to Eutechnyx in 1996 – has gone on to establish itself as a world leader in the racing game genre. Among its most successful games are Auto Club Revolution, Big Mutha Truckers and the NASCAR series, and employs around 130 staff, mainly at its Gateshead HQ but also at studios in China, Hong Kong and the US.

joblingThe company has had to make two rounds of redundancies over the last year due to “restructuring”, but turnover is forecast to rise substantially to £8m this year. The brothers actually sold the company to an American company, Merit Studios, in 1996, but bought it back in 2000.

Amsterdam-based Prime Technology Ventures invested £6m in 2000 and are now the largest single shareholder. Individually, Brian, 45, has a 22% share while Darren, 47, owns 7%.