Local Video Game Companies – San Diego

The number of game development studios in San Diego might pale in comparison to other California hotbeds like San Francisco and Los Angeles. But, what San Diego lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. The studios that are here are big time – Rockstar, Sony, Disney, Activision (High Moon). Here is the list of game studios in San Diego. We’ve got more information before the list!

Remember to check out our job listings to see if there are any openings in San Diego.

Appy EntertainmentSpellcraft, Trucks & SkullsMobile11-50
The BehemothAlien Hominid, Castle CarshersDowloadable, Consoles11-50
Buzztime (Carlsbad)Bar/Restaurant TriviaCasual51-200
ConfettiDynamic Skydome System, Global Illumination SystemTools1-10
Daybreak Game CompanyPlanetside, EverQuestPC?
Disney Interactive Media Group (Solana Beach)???
Empty Clip StudiosGroovin' Blocks, SymphonyDownloadable201-500
High Moon Studios (Carlsbad)Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Robert Ludlum's The Bourne IdentityConsoles51-200
Imagination Vent, LLCIndie AssaultConsoles11-50
Kalloc Studios (Carlsbad)Kalloc EngineTools11-50
Oceanhouse Media (Encinitas)Dr. Seuss (apps), Little Critter (apps)Mobile11-50
Playdek (Carlsbad)Ascension, NightfallMobile?
Pocketwatch GamesMonaco: What's Yours is Mine, Wildlife Tycoon: Venture AfricaPC1-10
PsyonixARC Squadron, WhizzleDownloadable, Mobile11-50
Rockstar San Diego (Carlsbad)Red Dad Redemption, Midnight ClubConsoles?
SCE (Sony) San Diego StudioModNation Racers, MLBConsoles, Handhelds?
ZyngaBubble SafariMobile, Social51-200

Cost of Living Comparison – Check out how living in San Diego compares to four other game development hubs:


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References:  Wikipedia (game company list), GameDevMap, Linkedin, studio pages

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

    Removed Trion Worlds San Diego from the list.

  • Joshua Robert Marsolais

    Does High Moon Studios still exist? I read that their entire development team got let go. http://kotaku.com/activision-lays-off-high-moon-studios-deadpool-team-466330803

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

    Looks like that only affected people who we’re working on Deadpool.

  • http://dbygum07.wix.com/dcbconcepts David Bygum

    How up to date is this?

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

    We try to keep it as current as we can. Do you see something that looks wrong?

  • http://dbygum07.wix.com/dcbconcepts David Bygum

    No, nothing looks wrong. I am graduating soon and was curious as to what is up to date and what isn’t. Thank you though, this site is great for those like me.

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

    Cool, good luck with the upcoming job hunt!

  • pszNicx

    Misspelled The Bohemoth, it’s The Behemoth.

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

    Not sure what you’re talking about.

    Thanks for the catch. ;)

  • local

    heavy water, mob science, zynga carlsbad all closed.

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

    Hey local – thanks for the heads up! Removed Heavy Water and Mob Science, but Zynga is still showing a SD job listing on their site.

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

    Updated SOE to Daybreak Game Company.

  • just me

    Rockstar games make Red Dead* Redemption.

  • Jeannette Torres

    What kind of degree would I need in order to be competitive?

  • Maximilien

    Appy has been bought by Machine Zone.