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Cousens and Collyers honoured in New Year list

Codemasters and Sports Interactive figures recognised alongside former ELSPA boss Paul Jackson

Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in this year's New Year's Honours list. It follows the same title being bestowed on the company's founders, Richard and David Darling, in 2008.

Oliver and Paul Collyer, the brothers which co-founded the now SEGA-owned Sports Interactive were also named in the list and receive MBEs (Member of the British Empire).

Meanwhile former ELSPA director general Paul Jackson has received an OBE - with all four cited for "services to the computer games industry".

The nominations continue the recent tradition for key UK industry figures being recognised for their work, with other names in previous years including Eidos life president Ian Livingstone, who was awarded an OBE in 2006.

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