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Big Potato

A small British studio with a massive personality has gone from surviving a roasting in Dragon’s Den to putting out offbeat games created by Radio 1 DJs and viral YouTubers – all on its own terms. As it prepares for its biggest year yet, we dig up Big Potato


Some of the Big Potato team – and their plushie spud mascot

It is not easy to walk away from an offer of investment from a multimillionaire, but in 2012 Dean Tempest, Tristan Hyatt- Williams and Ben Drummond did exactly that, turning down £50,000 from Duncan Bannatyne on TV show Dragon’s Den.

Although the designers of trivia game Linkee left without a penny, the appearance earned them something more valuable than money: 12 minutes of fame on BBC Two. But even nationwide exposure was a gamble. The segment could have been edited harshly, the trio’s mistakes highlighted rather than cut out, or the pitch could have been a complete flop. Thankfully, the edit was good, the personalities shone through, the pitching skills were on point and Linkee avoided joining the ranks of promising indie games lost to the ever-rising flood of new board game releases. It sold 50,000 copies in a year and, more importantly, planted the seed of something much bigger.

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