Computer and video games
|Founder||Chris J. L. Doran|
|Headquarters||Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England|
|Chris J. L. Doran (COO)
Gary Lewis (CEO)
Number of employees
The company's main product is Enlighten, software code that calculates indirect lighting ("radiosity") in real time for live action games running on systems such as the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and personal computers. The company licenses this code to games companies for incorporation into their proprietary rendering engines. The software has also recently been ported to Nvidia's CUDA platform.
The first system to incorporate the software is the Frostbite 2 engine, created by the EA DICE studio, used in Battlefield 3 (2011), and Need for Speed: The Run (2011). Enlighten has also been licensed for a variety of other titles including Eve Online.
The company was formed by Angle PLC an LSE listed company (LSE:AGL) in 2005. The project was led by Chris J. L. Doran as a spin out from Cambridge University. Since 2007 its Chief Executive has been Gary Lewis, who prior to joining the company was the Global Chief Operating Officer at Take 2 Interactive in New York.
Enlighten has been in development since 2006 and will see major distribution with the release of Battlefield 3 in 2011 and updates to ongoing massively multiplayer online game Eve Online. According to the company, "Enlighten's revolutionary technology ensures that, for the first time, lighting can be updated in real time, in game, on today's consoles."
In December 2013 ARM, a Cambridge-based mobile CPU and GPU designer, acquired Geomerics, “for a number of reasons but foremost was Enlighten, Geomerics’ award-winning technology for real-time lighting” said Dennis Laudick, ARM’s vice president of partner marketing. The terms of the deal were not made public.
In July 2014 Geomerics was awarded £1 million from the United Kingdom’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to take the company’s real-time graphics capabilities from the world of computer gaming to the world of film-making.
- Bio for Jules Davis (previously CTO), Tenshi Ventures. (Accessed 7 July 2011).
- Codeshop: Step Into The Light, EDGE, 18 February 2008
- Game Developer, 16 (11), December 2009, Page 35
- Becoming Enlightened, Guardian Online, 5 February 2008 .
- Sam Martin (Geomerics), Per Einarsson (DICE) "A real-time radiosity architecture for video games 2", in Advances in Real-Time Rendering, SIGGRAPH 2010
- Real-Time Live!, SIGGRAPH 2011
- Kenny Magnusson (DICE) ,"Lighting you up in Battlefield 3", GDC 2011
- EDGE, May 2011, p. 28-29
- Press release: Geomerics Sales Progress, Angle PLC, 14 April 2011. "Geomerics [has secured]... sales for seven new titles with three major publishers in the first quarter. All the new titles are with large publishers and include some of the industry’s most iconic and best selling computer games. In keeping with the games industry’s standard working practices, details of the individual titles and publishers will not be made public until those titles are released. At this time, the only information Geomerics is able to disclose is that three of these titles are scheduled to be released in calendar 2011, all of them well-known and highly regarded game franchises."
- Game Changers, Develop, February 2008
- Financial Times, 2 February 2007, Page 4.
- Patrick Garratt, Gary Lewis joins Geomerics as CEO, gamesindustry.biz, 31 January 2007. Accessed (via Google cache) 5 July 2011
- Chapple, Craig (8 April 2014). "Chris Doran and Dennis Laudick discuss what developers can expect now that Geomerics is part of ARM". Develop News In Depth. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- Myslewski, Rik (13 Dec 2013). "ARM swallows graphics software biz Geomerics to tart-up mobile games". The Register:Biting the Hand that Feeds IT. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "UK Govt Backs Geomerics to Revolutionize the Movie Industry". Business Wire. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015.