Fer­gus McGovern

A salute to one of UK game de­vel­op­ment’s favourite sons



Much-loved Brit­soft pi­o­neer Fer­gus McGovern – pic­tured here as im­mor­talised via the ‘Fer­gal­ity’ in the Mega Drive ver­sion of Mor­tal Kom­bat 2 – passed away in Fe­bru­ary, aged 50.

Of­ten branded as a ‘whiz­zkid’ in the emer­gence of the UK game de­vel­op­ment scene, McGovern’s legacy in­cludes co-found­ing Probe Soft­ware in 1984, which thrived bring­ing coin-ops and film tie-ins to 8bit and 16bit plat­forms. Later known as Probe En­ter­tain­ment, the busi­ness was sold to Ac­claim for $40m in 1995. McGovern later em­braced nu­mer­ous roles, co-cre­at­ing the plug-and­play spe­cial­ist HotGen, be­com­ing an as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Crys­tal Palace FC, and pour­ing his time into char­ity work.

“Like so many of us of a cer­tain age in the games busi­ness, we grew up to­gether and built our ca­reers to­gether,” says

chair­man at Curve Dig­i­tal En­ter­tain­ment. “I was lucky enough to know Fer­gus for al­most 30 years and, like so many have said, he al­ways had time for oth­ers, with smart ad­vice and a fo­cus on liv­ing and lov­ing life.”

Stu­art Din­sey,

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