Local Video Game Companies – New York City

What can we say about New York City that hasn’t already been said? You can find whatever you’re looking for in the city, including several video game developers. It’s an eclectic mix of small to mid-size companies – there is a surprisingly small number of AAA development studios in town. Rockstar and its parent company Take-Two Interactive are noticeable exceptions, although their New York offices have a heavy focus on operations (like publishing and marketing).

COMPANYNOTABLE PROJECTSFOCUSSTUDIO SIZE
ArkadiumTwisty Hollow, Writer's BloxCasual, Social, Mobile51-200
Autumn GamesDef Jam Rapstar (publisher)Publisher?
Avalanche StudiosProject MambaConsoles, PC11-50
Canned BananasRuboku, EvoMobile1-10
E-Line MediaGamestar Mechanic, Talkers and DoersEducational11-50
FreshPlanetTravelPop, SongPopSocial, Mobile11-50
HerotainmentHerotopiaWeb1-10
High 5 GamesCasino GamesCasino, Mobile201-500
Highline GamesPage Invaders??
iNK Stories1979 RevolitionMobile, PC1-10
KrakensoftCrystal Brawl (consulting)Consulting1-10
Kuma GamesKuma War, WWII ExperiencePC11-50
Longtail Studios?Consoles, Mobile?
Luminosity MobileOnce Upon a RunnerMobile1-10
Muse GamesGuns of Icarus Online, CreaVuresPC11-50
N-Fusion Interactive (New Jersey)Deus Ex: The Fall, Leisure Suit Larry: ReloadedMobile, PC11-50
PlaydotsDots, Two DotsMobile1-10
PlaymaticsLEGO On PatrolBranded Games11-50
Riot GamesE-sports BroadcastingBroadcasting11-50
Rockstar NYCRockstar HeadquartersOperations?
Saber InteractiveSaber3D EngineTools, Contract Services?
SlingoCasual and Casino titlesWeb1-10
Small PlanetBrave: Storybook Deluxe, Dragon BrushMobile11-50
SMASHWORXPropaganda LanderMobile1-10
Studio MercatoCrystal BrawlConsoles, Mobile, PC, Web1-10
Take-Two InteractiveTake-Two HeadquartersOperations51-200
This is PopBible Fight, Mr. MulletWeb, Mobile1-10
TURBO?Mobile11-50

Other Organizations in New York City:

References:  GameDevMap, NYC Game Industry, Linkedin, studio pages

  • Carbon_KO

    I really appreciate this list as I’m looking for a place to do an internship nearby.

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  • Nathaniel Johnson

    How’d it go/how’d the search?? Any advice??

  • Rosario

    I got to admit this relay help in searching for my intern ship to.

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

    Removed Large Animal Games from the list. They’ve shut down.

  • Gomidog

    What about Muse Games? (Creators of Guns of Icarus Online, Creavures, etc.) We are a small studio, but still fairly noteworthy in terms of our involvement with the New York dev scene.

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

    Do you know what the head count is at Muse?

  • Gomidog

    Between 12 and 20, depending on the production cycle/freelance, etc.

  • Ricky Lopez

    I’m trying to get into game design, at current I’m just starting out and trying to teach myself. Though i figured I should look up some local game dev companies to see if they have any entry level positions so i could at least be close to an industry i want to be a part of

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

    Muse has been added to the list!

  • http://www.leslieirl.com/ Leslie Stewart

    Is Collision Studios still around? Their website looks a little outdated

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

    Yeah, it does. Not sure – trying to do some digging.

  • Paul Murphy

    You should add Playdots to the list, makers of Dots and TwoDots! :)

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

    Hey Paul – Playdots has been added. Thanks!

  • Sharon

    Can anyone recommend someone who can teach a video game design class for young teens asap using Unity?

  • Michael Bonsignore

    Code Scholarly Corp can. Contact Jean Borgella, tell him Michael sent you.
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/jborgella

  • Greg Costikyan

    Sonic Boom is dead. Oberon Media is dead. Atari’s North American HQ is in NY, but they do no development here. Games for Change is an advocacy organization, not a game developer (and had nothing to do with Trash Tycoon, btw). OMGPop became Zynga NY, then was shut down, and no longer exists. Rockstar is of course simply a division of Take 2 Interactive, which has its corporate HQ here, but does no development locally. You may want to add: High Line Games (www.highlinegames.com), Large Animal Games (www.largeanimal.com), and This is Pop (www.thisispop.com).

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

    Hey Greg – thanks for the suggestions! Super helpful. I took off Sonic Boom, Oberon, OMGPop and Games for Change. Zynga still shows NY as a location on their website – not sure about that one. Also left Rockstar and Take 2 as separate for now – I know at least one animator working at Rockstar NY, and we’ve got T2 labeled as operations. Also added operations to Atari. Highline Games and This is Pop were added, but Large Animal actually shut down earlier this year (unless something changed?).

    Thanks again!

  • Greg Costikyan

    Large Animal did shut down earlier, but I noticed they had a job posting for a game designer recently, so perhaps they’re active again. I should drop Wade a line to see what’s up there.

  • Greg Costikyan

    Highline does mobile games and is best known for Word Welder; 1-10 employees. This is Pop is better known for Super Tenuki Skin, Viva Caligula!, and Bible Fight. Also 1-10 employees.

    You might also add Amplify (www.amplify.com), an educational game operation and a News Corp. subsidiary, based in Brooklyn; primarily a publisher rather than a developer. Not sure how many employees, but likely in the 51-200 range.

  • Greg Costikyan

    Oh, I think Avalanche is into the 51-200 range at this point… the only serious console game developer in NYC at present, albeit a branch of a Swedish developer.

  • Eric C von Coelln

    FreshPlanet is better known for mobile games SongPop, MoviePop and TravelPop (the two you listed are older games no longer in production)

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

    Hey Eric – it’s late, but FreshPlanet’s listing has been updated. Thanks!

  • Coray Seifert

    Ooo, this is a fun thread! Here’s my brain dump on NYC/NJ:

    Turbo studios is out in Brooklyn and doing well. Mobile hardcore games IIRC. I’d guess they’re around 20-40 people.

    Rockstar is actually doing a ton of connected systems and multiplayer development in their NYC office now. They’ve ramped up the team significantly, as far as I’m aware. If I had to guess, I’d estimate well over 200 people, which might be wildly inaccurate.

    Is Playmatics still jammin in NYC?

    Kuma has been around forever and is still plugging away at their reality games. 20 people?

    iNK Stories is doing some cool work with 1974: Revolution, though I don’t know how many people are full-time on it right now. At least 2 that I know of, but probably more.

    Autodesk has a small office in NYC with a few key games group employees. A few contractors work in the immediate area too. I’d estimate 20-30.

    Nickelodeon is doing something with games. Couple high profile producers there.

    It might be worth including R/GA, which is a huge creative agency that does games and game-like applications.

    There’s also What Pumpkin, which is doing Homestuck. I believe they’re at around 10 people right now.

    Untame studios, which is 4 super awesome folks working on a game called Mushroom 11. Super cool and lots of traction.

    Jersey has IPKeys and Sovoz, which both do serious games. n-Fusion is actually doing really well (did a Deus Ex game and now they’re doing something for Unity’s publishing arm). Skyworks and Skyzone have had 20-50 person offices in the past, though I don’t know what their headcounts are at right now (or if they’re still in business). Mindtrip is an interesting startup (around 10 people). Finally there’s Mission Critical studios, who have been around a while and are doing some cool indie games in UE4 (10 people?).

    Riot is opening a huge office in the city, but its almost 100% eSports broadcasting. Not sure how much dev they’re going to do there.

    Finally, I have my consulting group of 3 :) http://www.krakensoftgames.com

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

    Whoa, awesome info, Coray! I’ll try and get these updated tonight.

    Were you at Kaos? I feel like you might have sat in on an interview I had there many years ago.

  • Coray Seifert

    Holy cow! I thought your name sounded familiar!

    Also, yes, indeed I did a tour or two at Kaos. NYC Game Dev lifer here :)

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

    Good to hear from you, and thanks again for the suggestions! I’ve started on the updates, I’m looking into many of the suggestions to see if I can get headcount confirmations. I’ll get more updated tomorrow – obviously got Krakensoft in there tonight. ;)

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

    Lots of updates to the list – many thanks to @ray_ransom:disqus!

    — Removed Blackburst Media, link was dead
    — Removed Freeverse, they were acquired by ngmoco
    — Removed Funtank, link was dead
    — Removed Ogmento, link was dead
    — Saltypeper has become Luminosity Mobile
    — TURBO has been added
    — Playmatics has been added
    — Kuma has been added
    — iNK Stories has been added
    — Krakensoft has been added

    More to come…

  • http://switchstyle.dyndns.org shu

    Yup Studio Mercato is developing “Crystal Brawl”, which Krakensoft is consulting on. We’re also developing “Nika Digital”. We’re releasing on mobile, web, pc and console. Team size is 1 – 10. Thanks!

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

    I’ll get you guys added soon!

  • http://switchstyle.dyndns.org shu

    Thanks Paul!

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

    Shu – you guys have been added.

  • Thoreau

    21st Street games is now uinder zaah.com

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

    Removed Gameloft from the list – RIP.

  • Jacqui

    E-Line media seems to only be in Arizona and Seattle?

  • Faro

    You missed one major developer on this list: Gameloft. But their studio closed last month so yah. lol.

  • Blaine Graboyes

    Our new company, GameCo, just launched making video game gambling products. We’re here in NYC and look forward to continuing to be part of the community. More at gco.gg. We have some immediate openings too!

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  • Syntotic

    C:-)3 I have the idea, I want a producer, I want to express the thing then add a few paddlings here and there til it fits, then share the commercial success of an idea. And again. Which one is most adequate here?

  • adam sammy

    why games with so much reality are not that interested as they used to be in back times????
    I think game developers are only focusing on how to put maximum reality in game.
    Last game which i think was a good game is dying light and prototype they are actually games.
    By the way thanks for the list, I think there could be a addition of http://www.yourapphero.com

  • Sha-la Hollis

    Hey, is there anybody looking for retro-style game beats?? if so please get in touch with me.

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

    Removed Powerhead Games.