Local Game Companies
5th Cell (Bellevue, WA)
Developer of casual games for mobile devices (Full Spectrum Warrior) and Nintendo platforms (Lock’s Quest).
ArenaNet (Bellevue, WA)
Online game network formed in 2000. Makes role-playing fantasy games like Guild Wars.
Big Fish Games (Seattle, WA)
Founded in 2002 by Paul Thelen from RealNetworks. Develops and publishes casual and online games for PCs, mobile devices, and consoles (Mystery Case Files, Hidden Expedition).
Boomzap (Seattle, WA)
Publisher of casual games headquartered in Singapore, but has had a Seattle office for U.S. distribution and marketing since 2006.
Bungie (Kirkland, WA)
Developer of the bestselling Halo franchise, bought by Microsoft in 2000, and divested by Microsoft in 2007. Still makes games for Xbox and PC.
Cat Daddy Games (Bellevue, WA)
Maker of business-simulation games like the Tycoon series. Owned by game publisher Take-Two Interactive.
Digini (Issaquah, WA)
Maker of video-game development tools, such as Blade3D, for Xbox 360 and PCs.
Flying Lab Software (Seattle, WA)
Founded in 1997, develops games like Rails Across America and Pirates of the Burning Sea, focusing on massively multiplayer online role-playing games.
Fugazo (Seattle, WA)
Developer and publisher of casual games such as Cooking Academy and World Mosaics. Founded in October 2007.
GameHouse (Seattle, WA)
Publishes casual arcade and puzzle games like Little Shop of Treasures and Super Jigsaw Safari.
Gastronaut Studios (Seattle, WA)
Founded in Washington DC in 2002, moved to Seattle in 2004. Makes casual, sociable games like Small Arms.
Guppy Games (Bellevue, WA)
Mobile game developer and publisher, founded in 2004, makes action and puzzle games like Stick Fighter Fury and Numbolution.
Her Interactive (Bellevue, WA)
Develops interactive PC games marketed to girls and women, such as its Nancy Drew series.
Hidden Path Entertainment (Bellevue, WA)
Developer of PC and console games like Wits & Wagers and Defense Grid: The Awakening.
Hipsoft (Redmond, WA)
Formed in 2002, develops family-friendly casual online and PC games with downloadable content, such as Build-a-lot and Ocean Express.
Humongous (Bothell, WA)
Originally formed in 1992, formerly owned by Atari, and now a subsidiary of Infogrames. Maker of PC and console games for kids, such as Backyard Sports series.
I-play (Seattle, WA)
Casual games publisher of PC, online, and mobile games such as the Dream Day series. Acquired by Oberon Media in 2007.
Leviathan Games (Seattle, WA)
Founded in 1998, maker of PC, console, and handheld games like Target: Terror and Online Chess Kingdoms.
Liquid Dragon Studios (Bellevue, WA)
Developer of PC and console games like Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm and Word Krispies, using proprietary game engine Splash.
Microsoft Game Studios (Redmond, WA)
Develops and publishes core games for Windows PCs, Xbox, and Xbox 360 consoles, like the Halo series, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Braid (available through Xbox Live Arcade).
Microsoft Casual Games (Redmond, WA)
Develops, publishes, and distributes Web-based and downloadable casual games in genres such as arcade, puzzle, and word.
Mobliss (Seattle, WA)
Develops mobile games like Family Feud, The Price Is Right, and my personal favorite, Brady Bunch, Kung Fu
Monolith Productions (Kirkland, WA)
Founded in 1994, acquired by Warner Bros. in 2004. Publishes role-playing and shooter games like Condemned, F.E.A.R., and The Matrix Online.
Nintendo of America (Redmond, WA)
Video-game giant, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, develops, publishes, and markets games for Nintendo DS, Game Boy, GameCube, and Wii.
Novel (Redmond, WA)
Startup that makes political and economic strategy MMO games and business-related simulations.
PopCap Games (Seattle, WA)
A leading developer of online casual games, such as Bejeweled and Amazing Adventures Around the World.
RealGames (Seattle, WA)
A division of RealNetworks that includes GameHouse and RealArcade. Produces and publishes casual games.
Runic Games (Seattle, WA)
Formerly Flagship Studios (originator of Mythos), recently reformed and intent on creating new action-role playing MMO games.
Snowblind Studios (Bothell, WA)
Develops fantasy role-playing and combat games like Baldur’s Gate and Champions of Norrath.
Sony Online Entertainment Seattle (Bellevue, WA)
Opened Seattle-area office in 2004. SOE has produced Matrix, The Agency,
and other massively multiplayer online games for PCs, consoles, and mobile.
Sucker Punch Productions (Bellevue, WA)
Spun out of Microsoft in 1997, developer of console games like inFamous and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
Torpex Games (Bellevue, WA)
Developer of cooperative console games like Schizoid for Xbox (through Xbox Live Arcade).
Valve (Bellevue, WA)
Renowned creator of game franchises Half-Life and Counter-Strike, game engines, and development tools for PC and console games.
Vivendi (Issaquah, WA)
Recently merged with Activision Blizzard, maker of World of Warcraft and Guitar Hero 3, which has Seattle-area offices.
Wargaming.net (Seattle, WA)
Founded in 1998, develops single and multiplayer fantasy role-playing games like Dungeon, Siege and Demigod.
WildTangent (Redmond, WA)
Developer and publisher of PC, console, online, and downloadable games like Fate and SeaLife Safari.
WXP (Seattle, WA)
Developer of action, adventure, and social games for PCs and consoles, like Sceneit? and Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max’d.
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