Local Video Game Companies – Los Angeles Area

Calling this list the “Los Angeles” list isn’t really fair. The number of video game studios surrounding the Los Angeles/Orange County area is vast, and it includes smaller cities that could probably argue for a list of their own. We tried to keep the list limited to companies that were within an hour or so of Los Angeles, but there are probably a few outliers.

Top-tier studios like Activision, Blizzard and Naughty Dog have their headquarters here, and other major companies like EA and Sony have a large presence in the area.  In addition to these big names, there is a growing collection of indie studios who make their home here.

Here is our list of game developers operating in and around LA. If we’re missing anyone, let us know. We’ve got more information below the list!

Remember to check out our job listings to see if there are any openings in the LA area.

COMPANYNOTABLE PROJECTSFOCUSSTUDIO SIZE
Activision (Santa Monica)Corporate HeadquartersOperations?
Adhesive GamesHawkenWeb11-50
Aksys Games (Torrance)Shifting World, Virtue's Last RewardLocalization11-50
Alchemic Productions (Moorpark)Clive Barker's JerichoContract Services1-10
Amazon Game Studios (Irvine)?Mobile, Social?
Amazon Game Studios (Lake Forest)?Mobile, Social?
Atlus (Irvine)Game of Thrones, PersonaLocalization, Consoles, Handhelds11-50
Autumn GamesSkullgirls (published)Publishing?
Bad Juju (Aliso Viejo)The MooniacsMobile11-50
Beachhead Studio (Santa Monica)Call of Duty EliteWeb?
Blendo GamesZombie Atom Smasher, FlotillaPC, Mac1-10
Blind Squirrel GamesSid Meier's Civilization V (contract), Frozen OverContract Services11-50
Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine)World of Warcraft, DiabloPC?
BooHag Studios (Buena Park)Unannounced?1-10
Buffalo Studios (Santa Monica)Bingo BlitzSocial?
Carbine Studios (Aliso Viejo)WildStarPC51-200
CelerisVirtual PoolPC, Mobile?
Checkpoint Studios (Costa Mesa)AviNationSocial11-50
Cloud Imperium Games (West Hollywood)Star CitizenPC?
Com2uS?Mobile?
Coresoft (Lake Forest)Blood Beach, Butterfly GardenConsoles, Mobile, Downloadable11-50
D3PublisherMadagascar 3, BEN 10Consoles, Handhelds?
DICE LABattlefieldConsoles, PC51-200
Disney Interactive Studios (Burbank)Where's My Water?Consoles, Handhelds, Mobile?
Double Helix Games (Irvine)Green Lantern - Rise of the Manhunters, Front Mission EvolvedConsoles51-200
Downsized GamesBulleTrainMobile1-10
EA Los AngelesMedal of Honor, Command & ConquerConsoles, PC?
EXACT EntertainmentAbuse, Call of Duty: World at War (Wii)Consoles, Mobile?
F84 Games (North Hollywood)Man vs. Wild The Game, DingerConsoles, Mobile, Social?
FarSight Studios (Big Bear Lake)Pinball Hall of Fame, Backyard BaseballConsoles11-50
FLARBBrick Buddies, BraveBalls!Mobile, Social?
Foundation 9 Entertainment (Irvine)Company HeadquartersOperations?
FRONTLINE Studios (West Orange)?Mobile, Consoles?
Funtactix (Marina Del Ray)?Social?
G1M2 (Irvine)?Contract Services1-10
GameResort (Claremont)Stupid Zombies, Stupid NinjasMobile?
GAMEVIL (Torrance)Baseball Superstars, ILLUSIAMobile, Social?
GamzeeSkyscraper City, DownWordsSocial, Mobile?
Giant Sparrow (Santa Monica)The Unfinished SwanDownloadable11-50
Hands-On MobileGuitar Hero III Mobile, WPT Texas Hold 'EmMobile11-50
Haunted Temple StudiosSkulls of the Shogun!Downloadable1-10
Heavy Iron StudiosUFC Trainer, WALL-EConsoles51-200
High Impact Games (Burbank)GOGO Fishing, Dreamworks Super Star KartzConsoles, Mobile11-50
Infinity Ward (Encino)Call of DutyConsoles, PC51-200
Inhance GamesCannon Challenge, ShoozMobile11-50
Insomniac Games (Burbank)Resistance, Ratchet & ClankConsoles51-200
inXile entertainment (Newport Beach)Wasteland 2, Choplifter HDPC, Downloadable, Consoles51-200
Isopod Labs??11-50
K2 Network (Irvine)GamersFirst portalWeb, PC?
Knowledge Adventure (Torrance)Math Blaster, Jump StartEducational51-200
Konami (El Segundo)?Consoles, PC, Handhelds?
LanternFrost Wars??
Left Field Productions (Ventura)Battle Poker, Nitro BikeConsoles, PC11-50
Legacy InteractiveCriminal Minds, Ghost WhispererMobile, Social, PC11-50
Liquid Entertainment (Agoura Hills)Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter, Battle RealmsSocial, Consoles, Web?
Magic Pixel GamesCarnival IslandConsoles11-50
Mention Mobile (Torrance)Trivia Friends, DoodleyMobile1-10
Naked Sky EntertainmentTwister Mania, MicrobotPC, Downloadable11-50
Naughty Dog (Santa Monica)Uncharted, Crash BandicootConsoles51-200
Nexon (El Segundo)?Web?
NHN Entertainment Labs (Santa Monica)?Mobile11-50
NicalisRock Revolution Mobile, Cave Story (contract)Mobile, Downloadable1-10
Nickelodeon Virtual Worlds Group (Glendale)NeopetsVirtual Worlds, Web?
NIS America (Santa Ana)Disgaea 3, Mugen SoulsLocalization?
NovaLogic (Calabasas)Delta Force, Joint OperationsPC51-200
Obsidian Entertainment (Irvine)Dungeon Siege III, Alpha ProtocolConsoles, PC51-200
Papaya Studio (Irvine)Toy Story Mania, George of the JungleConsoles11-50
Quicksilver Entertainment (Irvine)Educational, MilitarySerious Games11-50
Ready at Dawn Studios (Irvine)God of War: Ghost of Sparta, God of War: Chains of OlympusHandhelds, Consoles11-50
Realtime AssociatesRe-Mission, Intellivision Lives!Consoles, PC?
Red 5 Studios (Aliso Viejo)FirefallWeb11-50
Reload Studios?VR1-10
Respawn EntertainmentUnannouncedConsoles51-200
Reverge Labs (Marina Del Ray)SkullgirlsDownloadable11-50
Riot Games (Santa Monica)League of LegendsPC500+
Robotoki (Sherman Oaks)Human Element, Adventures of DashPC, Consoles, Mobile11-50
Savage EntertainmentMavel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (PSP), Rock Revolution (PS3)Handhelds, Consoles11-50
Seismic GamesCelebrity Me, Hooray for HollywoodSocial1-10
SNK Playmore (Torrance)Sales of SNK Playmore titlesSales?
Sony Santa MonicaGod of WarConsoles, External Collaboration201-500
Spark Unlimited (Sherman Oaks)Lost Planet 3, LegendaryConsoles, PC51-200
Square Enix, Inc. (El Segundo)Publishing of Square Enix titlesPublishing?
Subdued Software (Santa Ana)Magnetic Joe, Hidden PhotoHandhelds11-50
SuperBot Entertainment (Culver City)UnannouncedConsoles51-200
Tarver GamesGhosts AttackMobile1-10
thatgamecompanyJourney, FlowerDownloadable11-50
Tic Toc GamesLyric LegendMobile, Contract Services11-50
Treyarch (Santa Monica)Call of Duty Black Ops, Spider-ManConsoles201-500
Turtle Rock Studios (Lake Forest)Left 4 DeadPC11-50
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Burbank)Operations, SalesHeadquarters?
Wayforward Technologies (Valencia)A Boy and His Blob, Contra 4Handhelds, Downloadable, Consoles51-200
WhiteMoon DreamsPlanet Legend, WARMACHINEWeb11-50
The Workshop (Marina Del Ray)SorceryConsoles?
X-Ray Kid (Newport Beach)Google Lively (contract)Contract Services?
Zindagi Games (Camarillo)Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest, Sports ChampionsConsoles51-200

Cost of Living Comparison - Check out how living in/near LA compares to four other game development hubs:

 

Other Organizations and Schools:

Thanks to IGDA Los Angeles, IGDA Orange CountyGameDevMap, Linkedin, Wikipedia, loads of studio pages

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  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Added The Wilderness and Lantern.

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    Great list

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  • CharlieD

    Thanks so much for this.  As a 3d artist new to the LA area, this is great.

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    A little late, but removed THQ.

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Added DICE LA to the list. Put them in at 51-200, based on all of the reports that they are hiring for 60 spots. I haven’t been able to confirm whether or not Danger Close is still open, so I left them on the list. If anyone has any information on that, please add a comment.

  • Deth

    What about Robotoki? http://www.robotoki.com They’re in Sherman Oaks.

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Added Robotoki.

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Got them added. Thanks!

  • DMHollis

    Hey, because you put a ‘?’ In the field, just wanted to let you know that 2K is most notable for Bioshock Infinite and Borderlands 2. http://www.2kgames.com/

    Other than that, thanks so much for putting this list together. ;)

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  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Danger Close is officially closed. Removed them from the list.

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  • mahendran

    Thanks for sharing information

  • Tom

    Los Angeles is a HUGE city. It would be awesome to see what area of LA each studio resides. Some of these studios are many hours from each other.

  • Tom

    Just realized you’re trying to do just that on the left there.. I should read before I post.

  • Rob

    Trilogy Studios is Closed- i was the Art Director over there

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Yep, looks like the link is also dead. I’ll remove it – thanks for pointing it out, Rob.

  • Eriq

    Epicenter Studios link isn’t working for me

  • Sarah Phillips

    I looking for a company that needs children age 7 years old to test there product. Where do I start to look?

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Yeah, looks like Epicenter is no longer in business. I’ve removed them from the list. Thanks, Eriq!

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Deleted The Wilderness – the link was dead, and I couldn’t find any current information about the studio.

  • Mark H

    what happened? – my daughter misses the Harold and the Purple Crayon app

  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Added head count information for Sony Santa Monica.

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  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Added 2 locations for Amazon Game Studios (Irvine and Lake Forest). With the recent acquisition of Double Helix, they’ve got 3 locations in the area!

  • josh

    SGN (Social Gaming Network) has 50-100 people and is based in Beverly HIlls. Top titles include mobile social titles Panda Jam, Cookie Jam, Bingo Blingo and Panda Pop.

  • Werdsmith

    Paul, I just hopped on board at NHN Entertainment Labs in Santa Monica, and I’m heading up recruiting. I’d welcome a chance to get our name and brand amongst the masses. I’ll be looking to hire 25 – 30 people by year’s end. I’m following you on Twitter (@nhnrecruiting). Later, dude.

  • Ness Statis

    Really needed this for my report. Much thanks.

  • Jeff
  • http://www.gamejobhunter.com/ Paul Teall

    Thanks, Jeff! Got those updated – sorry about the delay.

  • Ken

    Feel free to add GungHo Online Entertainment America and Level-5 International America. Both are located in El Segundo. Both are small outfits 11-20.

  • Noël ILL

    2K moved to Nevada! and I believe they have another office up north, but no longer in L.A.