OverviewAnco Software was a long-running British game developer and publisher. The company was founded as a spin-off from Anirog Software. Anirog was founded in 1982 by Anil Gupta and Roger Gamon, who were working for Mullard Mitcham at that time. The name Anirog comes from their first names. Anirog was initially primarily a publisher of games for 8-bit computers like the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum. They were among the first to use speech embedded in games (e.g. Jump Jet), and had technical offices in Horley, Surrey and production factory in Dartford, Kent. Anil Gupta formed the spin-off company Anco in secret and shortly after Anirog was dissolved. Roger then formed Magnificent 7 Software company, however he died after a short illness.
Anco had hits with the football game series Kick Off (1989) and Player Manager (1990), which were released for a number of systems, including consoles. Around the mid-nineties the company shifted from a publisher to a pure developer having publishing deals with companies such as Maxis, Ubi Soft and 3DO. The company was forced to close in 2003 after the death of the company's owner Anil Gupta. The company Floodlit Software was founded 'from the ashes of Anco' in 2003.
Also Known As
- Anirog Software Ltd. (from 1982 to 1986)
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Related Web Sites
- Anco's website (The web site is now, in 2015, dead and up for sale. However archived pages are available on 'The Wayback Machine' https://web.archive.org which date back to 1998 and continue through to the end of the company in 2003)
- From The Dugout (Fans and players of Anco Software games offering patches, demos and information about their games)