|Fast facts on Elite Systems|
|Founded: 1984 (as Richard Wilcox Software)|
|Headquarters: United Kingdom|
Elite Systems, often known simply as Elite is a UK-based developer established in 1984. It was originally called Richard Wilcox Software, but was quickly renamed after publishing only one game; Blue Thunder for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit computers. Elite have also published games under the budget titles of "Encore" and "Hit-Pak". The company later spawned a subsidiary called MotiveTime, Ltd. which would pay their employees bonuses based on Elite's profits. However, the bonuses gradually diminished into nothing.
Like companies such as U.S. Gold, Elite specialised in bringing North American and Japanese arcade hits to home platforms in Europe such as Ghosts 'n Goblins and Paperboy. It was responsible for some home computer ports of Space Harrier.
These days Elite have moved into handheld gaming, developing games for mobile phones and media players.