Dino Dini

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Dino Dini (born 5 June 1965) is a British computer game developer and original creator of the successful Kick Off series of football games.[1] He was a lecturer at the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, teaching game programming.[2]


In 1989 Dini's football game Kick Off was published by Anil Gupta's publishing house Anco, for the Atari ST. It was critically acclaimed[3] and sold very well. Dini followed it with Kick Off 2, Player Manager, Goal! (also known as Dino Dini's Soccer) in the 1990s.[4] In 1996, Dini moved to the United States to work as Project Director for the Z-axis football game Three Lions. It was released in 1998.

In 2001 Dini moved back to Great Britain and started to work with his new development company, Abundant Software. In 2004 Dini signed with DC-Studios to develop a new soccer game[5] which was code-named Soccer 3 and later Total Control Football. The game was cancelled during the summer of 2005.[citation needed]

After 2005 Dini worked as a contractor on a government funded project. In 2009, he became a lecturer for the International Game Architecture and Design programme at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, teaching game programming. At the 2009 Game Developers Conference Europe (GDCE) in Cologne, Germany, Dini was guest speaker on the subject of video game design.[6][7]

In 2010 Dino ran unsuccessfully for a position on the International Game Developers Association board of directors.[8] In August of that year he announced via his blog that he was working on a sequel to his game Player Manager as an independent project.[9] In 2011 he contributed articles and the beta version of his browser-based game Letteroids 3Dto DevilsMMO, a website for MMO and MMORPG games.[10][11]

On October 14, 2015 Dino Dini announced a new game entitled Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival. It was released on the PlayStation 4 on June 24, 2016, and will be released on the PlayStation Vita later in the year.[12]


Games developed by Dini include:[13]


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