14 video game companies who call LA home

November 2, 2016

In the midst of the Silicon Beach boom, it's becoming abundantly clear that Los Angeles is a place where companies can attract and keep talent. As the community grows, a number of gaming powerhouses have developed a considerable presence in the area, helping LA become a city synonymous with game development. Here are 14 companies defining what's possible for gamers.

 

Founded: 2013

Location: Venice

Games: TBA

Founded in 2013 but kept largely under wraps until recently, Venice-based Survios is a company creating both hardware and software for one reason: to allow users to immerse themselves in the video games they love to play.

 

Founded: 1986

Location: Santa Monica

Games: The Last of Us, Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot

Known for creating some of the most critically acclaimed games of the last decade, many gamers don't know Santa Monica-based Naughty Dog has actually been around for 30 years. In 2001, the company became a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment.

 

Founded: 2016

Location: Irvine

Games: TBA

Bio: Though just a month old, Bonfire Studios is already making waves with the all-star cast it has assembled. Founded by the chief creative officer and lead designer for the smash hit World of Warcraft, Rob Pardo, the studio pulled in $25 million in funding last month as it begins development of an untitled game. 

 

Founded: 1991/1979

Location: Irvine/Santa Monica

Games: Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, Diablo

Bio: In 2007-2008, Activision merged with game developer and producer Vivendi Games, eventually leading to the gaming giant merging with Vivendi product Blizzard Studios to create Activision Blizzard. The two studios continue to develop their games autonomously, leading to the company putting out a ridiculous amount of blockbuster games a year.

 

Founded: 1982

Location: Playa Vista

Games: Madden, Fifa, Battlefield

There might not be a better-known video game studio on the planet than Electronic Arts. Founded nearly 35 years ago, the company is responsible for some of the most iconic gaming franchises in gaming history. Over this time, the company has developed a sizable presence in Playa Vista.

 

Founded: 1994

Location: Burbank

Games: Spyro, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance

Founded originally as Xtreme Software, the Burbank-based developer has created an impressive portfolio of games, from the Spyro series to the wildly successful Ratchet & Clank series, which was recently made into a full-length film. Recently, Insomnicac announced their next title, Spiderman, which was developed exclusively for the Playstation 4. 

 

Founded: 2010

Location: Culver City

Games: Cookie Jam, Juice Jam, Book of Life: Sugar Smash and Panda Pop.

Bio: Originally co-founded as SGN by former MySpace co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe, Jam City only recently rebranded. In the six years since the studio was founded, it has opened offices in Carlsbad, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Seattle and Buenos Aires, boasting a portfolio of well over 1,000 games with an absurd 1,000 percent growth since 2013.

 

Founded: 2015

Location: West LA

Games: Space Bit Attack, Gumi no Yume, Z-Str

With titles like Alpha Turkey Hunt and 405 Road Rage, Lucid Sight is developing interactive VR games for the next wave of virtual reality devices. The startup was founded by serial entrepreneurs Randy Saaf and Octavio Herrera, founding investors of mobile advertising company AdColony

 

 

Founded: 1999

Location: Playa Vista

Games: God of War, Journey, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

With a team of more than 200 employees and a robust catalog, including God of War, Santa Monica Studio was founded by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1999. As odd as it might sound, the studio isn't based in Santa Monica, instead calling Playa Vista home.

 

Founded: 2012

Location: Los Angeles

Games: Egg!, Egg Baby

Nix Hydra is a mobile gaming studio focused on developing female-friendly mobile games, and recently launched their second game, Egg!, with several more projects in the works. Founded by two friends who had no idea how to create video games, the company has flourished in its four-year existence.

 

Founded: 2006

Location: Studio City

Games: League of Legends

In its decade-long existence, Riot Games has gone from innovative video game startup to the developer of one of the most popular games on the planet, and its becoming clear that the studio is much more than just a successful video game studio. 

 

Founded: 2011

Location: Los Angeles 

Games: The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, Yahtzee® with Buddies

LA-based Scopely is a gaming studio responsible for some of the most popular mobile games available. Since being founded in 2011, the startup has developed a wide variety of games, from The Walking Dead to Yahtzee. In July the company announced a massive $55 million round of funding.

 

Founded: 2013

Location: Venice

Games: Best Friends

Seriously is a mobile gaming studio with offices in Venice and Helsinki. The company is best known for its smash hit Best Friends series, and the privately-held startup prides itself on developing free-to-play video games for all ages.

 

Founded: 1996

Location: Santa Monica

Games: Call of Duty, Spider-Man

Treyarch, another subsidiary of Activision, has worked on some of the most popular games to have ever been developed. Between 2005-2015, the company created six Call of Duty games, two Spider-Man games and 007: Quantum of Solace.

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