The software developer behind the popular Forza Horizon racing game has been included in an annual countdown of the UK's top tech companies.
Leamington Spa-based Playground Games is making its first appearance in Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 which is now in its 16th year and ranks Britain's private technology, media and telecoms companies with the fastest-growing sales over the past three years.
Founded in 2010, Playground Games is renowned for its realistic graphics and produces the games for Microsoft, which sells them on its Xbox and Windows 10 platforms.
The latest edition in the Forza Horizon series allows players to explore Australia.
It is ranked in 96th place in the Tech Track 100 with annual sales growth of 45 per cent over the past three years.
Also featuring from the West Midlands is Coleshill-based IT consultancy Edenhouse which has posted 48 per cent growth over the past three years but dropped from 64th to 85th in the 2016 ranking.
Four other Midlands companies feature:
- Nottingham-based student verification service UNiDAYS, ranked in ninth place with growth of 154 per cent
- Loughborough-based telecoms electronics manufacturer CommAgility, 53rd, 71 per cent
- Nottingham-based medical technology provider Exco InTouch, 59th, 63 per cent
- Nottingham-based managed IT services provider Littlefish, 97th, 45 per cent
The six companies in the Midlands - compared to eight last year - have combined sales of £84 million with average growth of 71 per cent over the three years.
Collectively, they now employ 640 people.
Among the other UK companies to feature are designer fashion website Farfetch, travel search engine Skyscanner and peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle.
The Tech Track 100 is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.