For the in-game concept, see Splash damage.
Splash Damage Ltd.
Industry Video games
Founded 2001; 19 years ago (2001)[1]
Founders Paul Wedgwood, Richard Jolly, Arnout van Meer
Headquarters Script error
Products Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Owner Independent (2001–2016)
Leyou (2016–present)
Number of employees
Parent Radius Maxima (2016–present)
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Splash Damage Ltd. is a British video game developer that specializes in multiplayer first-person shooter video games. The studio is best known as the creator of the Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.


Splash Damage was formed in May[3] or June 2001[1] by the creators of mods such as Quake 3 Fortress. The studio began life working with Now TV and, providing both custom maps and an in-game television production solution. Splash Damage staff also worked to produce and present over 150 TV shows based on Quake III Arena Capture the Flag.

In March 2002, Splash Damage partnered with Games Domain to produce a number of multiplayer maps for their online gaming service. One of these was a map for id Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein based on Operation Market Garden; this map was hugely successful online and instantly became the most played third-party map for the game.

Following Market Garden's success, Activision and id Software asked Splash Damage to produce three additional multiplayer maps for the Return to Castle Wolfenstein Game of the Year Edition. The same year, Splash Damage partnered with the two companies to develop Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, a stand-alone expansion based on Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The Windows version of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was released online for free on 29 May 2003, with Linux and Mac versions following later. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory won several Game of the Year and Editor's Choice awards[4] and remains one of the most popular online first-person shooter titles.[5]

In June 2003 and once again working with id Software, Splash Damage created all the maps for Doom 3's multiplayer mode and at the same time began pre-production on Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, a follow-up to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using a heavily modified version of the id Tech 4 engine and set in the Quake universe. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars shipped on 28 September 2007, and has won dozens of awards to date, including several Game of the Year awards and over 25 Editor's Choice awards.[6]

In August 2016 Leyou entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Splash Damage with the Intention to Buy.[7] The company was purchased by Radius Maxima a Leyou subsidiary.[8]

Games developedEdit

Year Title Platform(s)
iOS Lin Mac PS3 Web Win X360 XBO
2002 Return to Castle Wolfenstein (multiplayer) No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
2003 Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
2004 Doom 3 (multiplayer) No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
2007 Enemy Territory: Quake Wars No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
2011 Brink No No No Yes No Yes Yes No
2012 RAD Soldiers[9] Yes No No No Yes No No No
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins (multiplayer) No No No Yes No Yes Yes No
2014 Dirty Bomb[10] No No No No No Yes No No
2015 Tempo[11] Yes No No No No No No No
2015 Gears of War: Ultimate Edition[12] No No No No No Yes No Yes
2016 Gears of War 4 (multiplayer)[13] No No No No No Yes No Yes
2019 Gears 5 (multiplayer)[14] No No No No No Yes No Yes
2019 Halo: The Master Chief Collection (PC version)[15] No No No No No Yes No Yes
2020 Gears Tactics[16] No No No No No Yes No Yes


Date Award Result
Script error Develop Industry Excellence Award for Best Independent Studio[17] Won
Script error Ultraweb Level 4 Award[18] Won
Script error Golden Joystick award for UK Developer of the Year[19] Nominated
Script error Guardian Top 100 UK Tech & Media Companies[20] Won
Script error Best Companies Ones to Watch[21] Won
Script error Best Companies 2 Star Accreditation[22] Won
Script error Amazon Growing Business Awards[23] Nominated

The full list of awards can be found on their web site.[24]


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  2. "Official Splash Damage Careers Page". Splash Damage. Retrieved 14 July 2019. 
  4. "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory awards". Splash Damage. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  5. "GameSpy Statistics". GameSpy. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008. 
  6. "Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars awards". Splash Damage. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  7. "Leyou Technology Holdings". hkexnews. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  8. "Splash Damage sold to Chinese poultry firm". Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  9. "RAD Soldiers is Now Available Worldwide! - Splash Damage". Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  10. "Splash Damage's Newest Shooter is Dirty Bomb! - Splash Damage". Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  11. "The wait is over, Tempo has officially launched on the iOS App Store! - Splash Damage". Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  12. "Gears of War: Ultimate Edition". Retrieved 14 October 2019. 
  13. "UK-based Splash Damage is working on Gears of War 4 multiplayer". 15 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  14. "Gears 5". Retrieved 14 October 2019. 
  15. "Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announced". Retrieved 2019-10-24. 
  16. "Gears Tactics". Retrieved 9 April 2019. 
  17. "Develop Awards 08 crown best UK development talent". Intent Media. 31 July 2008. 
  18. "Ultraweb Level 4 Award 2008". Ultraweb. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008. 
  19. "Golden Joystick Awards 2008 Short List Voting Page". Future Publishing Ltd. 4 August 2008. 
  20. "The top 100 tech media companies". The Guardian. 8 October 2009. 
  21. "Ones to Watch". Best Companies. 
  22. "2 Star". Best Companies. 
  23. "Inspirational British companies feature in Amazon Growing Business Awards shortlist". Real Business. 3 October 2016. 
  24. "The Awards - Splash Damage". Retrieved 21 March 2018. 

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