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Slaying the Dragons

The Argus: John and Fiona Chambers with their game John and Fiona Chambers with their game

Rarely do budding entrepreneurs prove the fearsome investors on Dragon’s Den wrong.

But Eastbourne inventor John Chambers has done just that.

Mr Chambers, 65, appeared on the BBC2 hit show in 2007 to present one of his word-making board games.

Like many before him, his idea was shot down and he left the den unsuccessful.

But now five years on, another one of his clever games, called Word Links, has been digitally re-created by top games developer Fat Fish Games for Apple iOS, Android and Facebook. It will also be released for download today.

The game enables players to make words with two letter cube pieces to score big multi-word points as opposed to the traditional single-lettered tiles.

Mr Chambers, a retired businessman and teacher, said: “I developed the two-letter feature during many years of research, calculating which combinations enabled the best word creations.

Business success

“I’m delighted that my word game has now been brought to life for wordy gamers to enjoy, across multiple platforms.”

This autumn Mr Chambers has been sharing the secrets of his business success with students at Eastbourne College. His three-month long “Starting a Business” lessons have been teaching A-level Business Studies students how to start up their own firm.

Jonasson Lochner, director of the Sussex-University based Fat Fish Games, said: “Word Links has been a remarkable achievement for Fat Fish Games. Versions for three platforms have been developed in just over three months with a small five-man team.

“This is in stark contrast to developers of leading word games such as Words with Friends, whose resources comparatively dwarf that of our own.”

To play Word Links for free on iPhone, Android or Facebook, visit www.wordlinksgame.com

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5:47pm Sat 8 Dec 12

inadaptado says...

Not to sound callous, but the fact his game has been turned into an app is not exactly proof of success. At the very least we should wait to see the number of sales/downloads and the profits they generate. I wish him luck, nonetheless.
Not to sound callous, but the fact his game has been turned into an app is not exactly proof of success. At the very least we should wait to see the number of sales/downloads and the profits they generate. I wish him luck, nonetheless. inadaptado
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6:54pm Sat 8 Dec 12

bladebot says...

*cough* free advertisement
*cough* free advertisement bladebot
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9:30am Sun 9 Dec 12

menowhere says...

more advertising in the news section argus
more advertising in the news section argus menowhere
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12:02pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Word Links says...

I am disappointed by the comments on the article. My game Word Links is to spread fun and education across the world - money is definetly not my main objective. Many people love word games and Word Links is a totally new genre.
I am disappointed by the comments on the article. My game Word Links is to spread fun and education across the world - money is definetly not my main objective. Many people love word games and Word Links is a totally new genre. Word Links
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