Costa Panayi

Programmer, Video Game Designer

1957 –

33

Who is Costa Panayi?

Costa Panayi was a computer game programmer during the 1980s. He founded Vortex Software with Paul Canter, publishing games for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC.

He is of Greek Cypriot descent, and studied engineering at the University of Salford. After graduation, he started to work as mechanical engineer for British Aerospace, when he got into programming games business from his hobby interests.

In 1982, he studied Sinclair BASIC and subsequently formed his company Vortex Software along with Luke Andrews and Mark Haigh-Hutchinson. They wrote a variety of games, including Gunlaw, the Android series, and Tornado Low Level for the ZX Spectrum.

His games achieved critical success; Tornado Low Level and Highway Encounter appearing in the "Your Sinclair official top 100", for example, and in them he developed original 3D interfaces.

In 1995, he was working as a design consultant for Fisher Price.

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Born
Oct 11, 1957
Stretford
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Education
  • University of Salford

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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