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.”