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Chris and Jason Kingsley, founders of Rebellion Developments, the Oxford-based studio behind series like Sniper Elite and Zombie Army, have both been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), included in the King's New Year Honours list for their services to the economy.

The brothers have been advocates and fixtures of the UK games industry, opening the studio three decades ago, in 1992. Rebellion is also active in the comic scene as the publisher of the 2000 AD IP, the universe in which Judge Dredd operates. The CBE is awarded to individuals who play "a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area."

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley said of the award: "I hope such a British success story will be reflected in many more honours being awarded to our diverse and talented games industry leaders. Having said all that, I shall also buy myself a new sword to celebrate."

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