Capcom Co. , Ltd. is an international developer and publisher of video games headquartered in Osaka, Japan. It was founded in 1979 as Japan Capsule Computers, a company devoted to the manufacturing and distribution of electronic game machines. In the 12 months ended March 31, 2009, it has reported an increase in sales of 10.6 percent to 91,878 million yen ($924 million/£615 million), while net income rose 3.3 percent to 8,063 million yen ($81.1 million/£53.4 million).
Sega Corporation is a Japanese multinational video game software and hardware development company, and a home computer and console manufacturer headquartered in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan. The company had success with both arcades and home consoles, but on January 31, 2001, officially left the consumer console business and began concentrating on software development for multiple third-party platforms.. Sega Australia's headquarters are located in Sydney, New South Wales.
Valve Corporation is an American video game development and digital distribution company based in Bellevue, Washington, USA that was founded in 1996, and made famous by its first product, Half-Life, which was released in November 1998.
BioWare is a former Canadian electronic entertainment company founded in February 1995 by Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip. Prior to acquisition by Electronic Arts in 2008, it was based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and it still has a development studio based there, BioWare Edmonton.
Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) is an international developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games. Founded and incorporated on May 28, 1982 by Trip Hawkins, the company was a pioneer of the early home computer games industry and was notable for promoting the designers and programmers responsible for its games, and business departements for selling games that does not install. Originally, EA was a home computing game publisher.
Firaxis Games is a computer game developer. It was founded in 1996 by Sid Meier, Jeff Briggs, and Brian Reynolds upon leaving Microprose. The company focuses on strategy games and is based in Sparks, Maryland in the United States. Firaxis has produced several games, including Gettysburg and Antietam, based on their namesake famous American Civil War battles, and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, a space colonization game taking place in the Alpha Centauri star system.
Harmonix Music Systems (or simply Harmonix) is a video game development company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. It is known for its many music video games. Harmonix is perhaps best known as being the developer of Rock Band, as well as being the original developer of the Guitar Hero series before development moved to Neversoft.
Human Head Studios is a computer game development company located in Madison, Wisconsin. Human Head was founded in 1997 by a group of six developers formerly from Raven Software--Chris Rhinehart, Paul MacArthur, Shane Gurno, Ben Gokey, James Sumwalt, and Ted Halsted—later joined by game producer Tim Gerritsen. Human Head's first game was Rune, a third-person Viking action game.
Big Huge Games is a computer game developer located in Timonium, Maryland. The company was founded in February 2000 by four veteran game industry developers: Tim Train, David Inscore, Jason Coleman and Brian Reynolds (lead designer of Alpha Centauri, et al.). Their first game, Rise of Nations, was a critical and commercial hit.
Remedy Entertainment is a Finnish computer game developer founded in 1995 and based in Espoo, Finland. The company is best known for its Max Payne series of video games. In 1997, Remedy created a program called Final Reality, a 3D benchmark program. In November 1997, Remedy created a new company that would handle its 3D benchmark program called Futuremark.
Digital Extremes is a Canadian computer and video game developer founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, specifically noted for its part in the highly successful Unreal series of games. Digital Extremes' office is in London, Ontario.
Pi Studios is a computer game software developer based in Houston, Texas. The company was founded in 2002 by Robert Erwin, John Faulkenbury, Rob Heironimus, Dan Kramer and Peter Mack. The company moved from their original location in Plano, Texas to Houston, Texas in January 2005. Their first commercial work can be found in Activision's '. In November 2005, they released ' for the PlayStation 2, the Xbox, and the GameCube.
Factor 5 is an independent software and video game developer. The company was originally co-founded by five former Rainbow Arts employees in 1987 in Cologne, Germany, which served as the inspiration behind the studio's name, before relocating to San Rafael, California in 1994. Julian Eggebrecht, one of the five initial co-founders, currently serves as President of the company.
The Collective, Inc. was an American video game development company located in Newport Beach, California. The company has created several games based on movies and television shows since its founding in 1997.
Ready at Dawn is a video game developer located in Irvine, California and is composed of some former members of Naughty Dog and Blizzard Entertainment. Formed in 2003, they released their first title, Daxter, to critical acclaim for the Sony PlayStation Portable. Ready at Dawn finished working on their second PSP title, ' as well as a Wii version of Ōkami, with added motion controls .
Stormfront Studios was a video game developer based in San Rafael, California which had one of the longest creative histories in the industry. In 2007, the company had over 50 developers working on two teams, and owned all its proprietary engines, tools and technology. As of the end of 2007 over fourteen million copies of Stormfront-developed games had been sold. As of March 31, 2008, they are out of business.
Foundation 9 Entertainment (sometimes abbreviated as F9E) is an entertainment products developer, which works on properties for multiple media, including video games, comic books, film and television series. The company is currently the largest independent game developer in the world, and has more than 650 employees working in its various studios in California, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, U. S, Sheffield, UK, and Pune, India.
Backbone Entertainment is an independent video game development company located in Emeryville, California. Backbone Entertainment is the result of a 2003 merger between Digital Eclipse Software and ImaginEngine. Digital Eclipse Software specialized in arcade game emulation and handheld video games, and formerly had studios in Emeryville, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Vicarious Visions is an American video game developer founded by the high school brothers Karthik and Guha Bala in 1990, which developed some PC and Game Boy Color games in late 90's and 2000. They later developed Terminus, which won two Independent Games Festival Awards in 1999.
Pseudo Interactive was a video game developer based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and started in 1995 by David Wu, Rich Hilmer, and Daniel Posner. In 2006, the company had over fifty employees. They released a game for the Xbox launch called Cel Damage which is also on the GameCube and PlayStation 2. Their most recent game was ' released on the PlayStation 3. They also made Full Auto, which was a launch title for Xbox 360. As of April 6, 2008, it was announced that the company was shutting down.
Artificial Mind and Movement (A2M), founded in 1992 in Québec City, Québec as "Megatoon Entertainment Group", is the largest independent game development studio in Canada, specializing in the production of 2D and 3D action/adventure games for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, PC, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. In November of 2008, the company acquired Santiago, Chile based Wanako Games from Activision Blizzard.
Venan Entertainment, Inc. is a mobile and handheld game development studio based in Cromwell, Connecticut. Founded in 2002, Venan began primarily as a Java/Brew-based mobile phone game developer, but has since branched off to develop games for Nintendo DS, iPod, and iPhone OS. Venan's most recent titles include their fourth fully-independent, self-published title, and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Both are available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Straylight Studios was a game development studio based in Dunedin, New Zealand, active from March 2004-March 2009. Straylight's focus was on the application of "Meaningful Play", a term coined by Nixon to describe play that borrows from Serious Games and Casual Games to produce an entertaining and meaningful (if not strictly "educational") experience. From 2007, Straylight was located in the Central Business District of Dunedin.