Who we are
Who are Code Wizards? Good question!
Most importantly we're a "karma company" because we think it describes us well and is central to our outlook on the world.
Code Wizards are a bunch of people who love working together, creating things and working with clients and partners. We're the kind of people that see a bucket of Lego and immediately jump in to start making things with it.
Formed in the mid 2000s we've been growing at a pace that allows us to expand while keeping our ethos and values. We're small by consultancy terms but that enables us to be specialists and for everybody to work together well. We never seem like a collection of individuals; we provide high performance and battle-hardened teams that work well together.
We're presently across three sites:
- HQ - Reading (Berkshire), England, UK - this is our main management centre and provides architecture and engineering expertise across all sectors including eCommerce, mobile, esport tech and game tech
- Code Wizards North - Elgin (Moray), Scotland, UK - this is our central gametech hub focussing on games and esport tech
- Code Wizards South - Christchurch (Canterbury), South Island, NZ - provides our games and game tech hub in the Pacific region
It's trite but we like to like our clients; we find that way we have a partnership and we achieve more so relationships are important to us. We want clients who will work with us for many years so we understand each other and so we can have conversations with them. Our best successes are our client's best successes and most of them are because of collaboration making a great idea even better.
Our CEO Stuart, is a music, games and book loving ex-software engineer & architect who ensures he's hands on with clients daily to make sure we're doing the right things.
Stuart has 35 years of coding (he started at 12 but still retains the youthful look) and 20+ (and a few more..) years in the industry. Starting with 8bit machines like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 and everything from there on.
Outside of games he's worked with companies such as Universal Publishing Group, GAME Digital, and Belong helping them to marry tech to their business models and future needs.
In 2022 he was voted Game Dev Hero by his game industry peers (and was shocked to win!) and is a member of BAFTA recognising his work in videogames and the arts.
Outside of work you'll find him playing games (go check out the games list on codewizards.gg to find out what), reading, playing boardgames and occasionally venturing out to get Vitamin-D..
Martin, our CTO, loves games and basketball (and motor sport, football, cricket - well, any sport really!). He's the engine room of the operation making sure that technically our engineering teams are doing the right things and we're doing our best for our customers/partners/friends.
Martin is a true technologist to his core he brings with him a wealth of expertise and knowledge. His previous roles include Technical Architect for the National Student Esports platform and was the Lead Engineer on the following products for Game Retail: esports tournament platform; gamewallet; as well as the award winning mobile app.
He designed the full API and technically led the development for TheGivingMachine’s ecommerce platform and was also the Lead engineer on the Autino Bayconnect product. Prior to this he held roles within AXA, Universal Music Group and Winterthur Life.
Martin specialises in enterprise grade application development and is in an expert in software security.
Martin created a scalable, testable and high performing architecture for a global SAS product that will be the foundation for the company for the foreseeable future. Secondarily to that he up-skilled members of the development team to use SOLID principles and modern design patterns with MVC. He was always approachable and made time to talk to other developers.Linked in Recommendation
I don't think I have worked with another developer.that takes such professional pride in the quality of his work.