Zed Two Game Design Studio
Formed in 1996 by John and Ste Pickford (who originally formed Zippo Games
in 1988, and also worked with Nintendo and Rare during the mid 90's). Originally, Zed Two started up in Ste's house, with no funding at all, but soon boomed into a major development house thanks to the puzzle game, Wetrix.
From the original company website:
"Zed Two Game Design Studio is an independent video game design, development and R&D studio based in Manchester, England. We specialise in creating high quality, original games for any platform."
"Zed Two was formed in 1996 by John
and Ste Pickford
, who at the time had over 10 years experience each creating top quality console and computer games, and small team of experienced developers. We are currently a three team studio, developing original games for PS2, PS1, CGB, DC and PC CD-ROM platforms."
In December 2002, Zed Two was acquired by Warthog
of UK and no longer existed as an independent company.
In 2005, the Pickfords went on to form a new company, Zee-3 Limited
, an online distributor and publisher of digital media.
The name of the company (Zed Two) stands for the second generation of the original company formed by John and Ste Pickford (Zippo Games). The word 'Zed' is spelt this way, so that America would not call them 'Zee Two' (if it were just a Z).