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Artic Computing Ltd., (Artic Software)
a British software development company in the early 1980s, located in Hull, North Humberside, later in Brandesburton [1], set up by Richard Turner and Chris Thornton in 1980, later joined by Charles Cecil. Primary business was developing and selling computer games and development tools for the home computer market, starting with the Z80 based Sinclair ZX81, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC, and the 6502 based Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64 and BBC Micro. For the first six months times were hard – the company made £21. With comparatively heavy spending on advertising, Artic found itself in debt. However the launch of ZXChess, the first chess program for the ZX81 to hit the market, proved to be the turning point. It was also extremely difficult to write, taking over a year from the original idea to the finished product [2]. In 1984, Thornton left Artic to found Kerian UK Ltd [3].

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Magazine Page Scan from World of Spectrum, July 1982

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