Local Video Game Companies – San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is arguably the epicenter of the game development universe. This number of studios and jobs in the Bay area is large (and constantly fluctuating), and it includes studios that do just about every type of game development imaginable. AAA development? Localization of obscure Japanese titles? Hardcore social games? Educational mobile apps? Major industry conferences? All of the above, and that barely scratches the surface. If something is happening in the games industry, you can bet that it’s happening in some way, shape or form in the Bay Area.

The Bay Area includes a few major cities and several smaller towns. For the purposes of this list, it stretches from about Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa.

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

2D Boy (Novato)World of GooDownloadable, Mobile1-10
2K Games (Novato)Corporate OfficeManagement?
2K Marin (Novato)Bioshock 2Consoles, PC?
2K Sports - Visual Concepts (Novato)NBA 2K SeriesConsoles51-200
6wavesAstro Garden, TownshipSocial?
Action Button Entertainment (Oakland)Ziggurat, VideoballMobile1-10
Aeria Games (Santa Clara)Eden Eternal, ShaiaPC, Web, Mobile201-500
Agetec (Sunnyvale)Way of the SamuraiConsoles, Handheld?
Big Fish - Self Aware Games Studio (Oakland)Big Fish Casino, FleckMobile11-50
Blue Shift (Mountain View)Luminati Rendering EngineTools11-50
Breaktime StudiosSweet Shop, Pocket PotionsMobile11-50
Campo SantoFirewatchPC, Consoles1-10
Capcom (San Mateo)?Consoles, Handhelds?
Choice ProvisionsTharsis, BIT.TRIPPC, Consoles11-50
Chronic Logic (Santa Cruz)Bridge Construction SetPC1-10
Crowdstar (Burlingame)Modern Girl, Tower TownMobile, Social51-200
Cryptic Sea (Santa Cruz)Somnia, A New ZeroPC1-10
Cryptic Studios (San Jose)Champions Online, City of HeroesPC51-200
Crystal Dynamics (Redwood City)Tomb Raider, Legacy of KainConsoles, Handhelds, PC51-200
Digital Praise (Fremont)Dance Praise, Amazing BibleReligious Games11-50
Disney Interactive (Palo Alto)?Mobile, Social201-500
Double FineBrutal Legend, Psychonauts, Costume QuestConsoles, Downloadable51-200
EA (Redwood Shores)Involved in all EA titlesOperations - World Headquarters500+
EA PopcapPlants vs. Zombies AdventuresSocial11-50
FableLabsNerd Detective, Like HellMobile11-50
Free Range Games (Sausalito)FreeFallSocial11-50
FunMobility (Pleasanton)Narlii's Four Score, Zombie HunterMobile51-200
Gaea Mobile (Santa Clara)?Mobile51-200
Gameloft?Mobile, Social?
Gazillion Entertainment (San Mateo)Super Hero Squad OnlineWeb201-500
GenPlay Games (San Jose)Pro Dominoes Online, MuncherMobile11-50
Glu (San Mateo)Blood & Glory, Contract Killers - ZombiesMobile?
Gravity Bear (Emeryville)Battle PunksSocial1-10
GreeKnights & Dragons, Crime CityMobile, Social51-200
Hands-On MobileDeadliest Catch, COPSMobile11-50
Hangar 13 (Novato)Mafia IIIPC, Consoles11-50
HopeLab (Palo Alto)Zamzee, Re-MissionGamification11-50
HumaNature Studios (Albany)Deko-Deko MailSocial1-10
Hypnos Entertainment (San Jose)Contract work on many titlesContract services11-50
Idle GamesIdle WorshipSocial51-200
Ignite Game TechnologiesSimracewayWeb?
IGG (Fremont)?Web, PC11-50
IMVU (Palo AltoVirtual chat roomsSocial51-200
Interbang EntertainmentSuper Comboman, Shinobi Ninja AttacksMobile?
Iron RealmsAchaea, ImperionWeb1-10
iWinCasual game platformWeb51-200
Joju (Berkeley)Bobby Nutcase series, Bubble AtlantisWeb?
KabamKingdoms of CamelotSocial201-500
KixeyeWar Commander, Battle PiratesSocial51-200
KlickNationBusiness Development for KlickNationSocial?
Konami (Redwood City)North American publishing of Konami titlesOperations?
KRU Interactive (Santa Clara)Nexus TK, Shattered GalaxyPC?
Last Day of WorkVirtual Villagers series, Virtual FamiliesPC, Mac, Mobile1-10
Lazy 8 StudiosCogsPC, Mobile1-10
LeapFrog (Emeryville)Educational software and hardwareEducational201-500
Linden LabSecond LifeVirtual Worlds?
Loot Drop (San Bruno)Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon CommanderSocial11-50
Machine Zone (Palo Alto)Original Gangstaz, Global WarMobile51-200
Mastiff GamesReload, Heavy Fire AfghanistanConsoles, Handhelds1-10
Maxis (Emeryville)The Sims, Sim CityPC, Consoles51-200
MeezMeez NationSocial11-50
Metro Games (Mountain View)Coco Girl, Auto HustleSocial, Mobile51-200
Mighty PlayLicensed titlesMobile, Web1-10
MunkyFunBounty Bots, My HorseMobile11-50
Namco Bandai (Santa Clara)Tekken, PAC-MANConsoles, Handhelds, Mobile201-500
Natsume (Burlingame)Harvest Moon, Reel FishingConsoles, Handhelds51-200
ngmoco:)We Farm, RolandoMobile51-200
nStigate (Novato)?Mobile51-200
Number NoneBraidDownloadable1-10
OutsparkFiesta, LuviniaPC, Web11-50
Perfect World (Foster City)Legend of Martial Arts, Perfect World seriesPC51-200
Planet Moon StudiosDrawn to Life, Armed and DangerousConsoles500+
PlayFirstDiner Dash, ChocolatierMobile, PC, Online51-200
Playfish USA?Social?
Pocket GemsEpisode, War DragonsMobile51-200
Quark Games (Cupertino)Champs BattlegroundsMobile11-50
Red Robot Labs (Palo Alto)Life is Crime, Forever DriveMobile11-50
Redbana (San Mateo)Hellgate, AuditionWeb11-50
Robot Invader (Mountain View)Wind-up KnightMobile?
Rocket NinjaWrestler UnstoppableSocial11-50
RockYou (Redwood City)Zoo World, Galactic AlliesSocial51-200
Rumble Games (Redwood City)Kings RoadSocial, Mobile11-50
Sanzaru Games (Foster City)Mystery Case Files, The Sly FilesConsoles11-50
SecretBuilders (San Mateo)SecretBuildersVirtual Worlds?
Social Gaming Network (Palo Alto)Jewels of the Amazon, Bubble AtlantisSocial, Mobile51-200
SilverTree Media (Palo Alto)Cordy Sky, Pixie HollowMobile, Web11-50
Skunk StudiosDaily Mah Jong, Flux Family SecretsWeb, Mobile11-50
Slang (Redwood City)?Consoles?
Sledgehammer Games (Foster City)Call of DutyConsoles51-200
Sony Computer Entertainment (Foster City)OperationsOperations500+
Sourcebits?Contract development11-50
SpyraGlobal AttackMobile11-50
StickeryMermaid WatersMobile1-10
Storm8 (Redwood City)World War, Pets LiveMobile201-500
Stupid Fun Club (Berkeley)??1-10
Super Evil Megacorp (San Mateo)VaingloryMobile11-50
Supergiant GamesBastionDownloadable1-10
Tecmo Koei AmericaPublishing of Tecmo and Koei titlesPublishing, Localization?
Telltale Games (San Rafael)The Walking Dead, Sam and MaxEpisodic Games, PC51-200
Three RingsDoctor Who - Worlds in Time, Spiral KnightsWeb11-50
TikGames (San Mateo)Gold Fever, Scary GirlMobile, Downloadable, Handheld51-200
Tin Truck (San Mateo)Grem LegendsMobile1-10
Tintash (Palo Alto)Lonely Planet - Globetripper, StickcricketMobile?
Tiny SpeckGlitchWeb11-50
Toys for Bob (Novato)Skylanders: Spyro's AdventureConsoles, Handhelds51-200
Trion Worlds (Redwood City)RIFTPC, Operations?
UbisoftRocksmith, Just DanceConsoles, Handhelds?
Unknown WorldsNatural SelectionPC, Tools1-10
Vector Unit (San Rafael)Shine Runner, Riptide GPMobile1-10
Virtual Space Environment (San Rafael)Varis RiftVirtual Worlds?
Visceral Games (Redwood Shores)Dead Space, Dante's InfernoConsoles, PC51-200
Wolfire Games (Berkeley)Overgrowth, LugaruPC, Mac, Mobile1-10
ZyngaFarmvilleOperations, Social500+

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

  • Joe2

    The two workers at Star Filled Studios were hired by Valve. Meaning that it no longer exists.

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

    Removed. Deleting that one was actually a little sad. Thanks for the heads up (again).

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

    Updated headcount info for Storm8 – they’re now at 250 (and hiring!).

  • Zin

    Hey, anyone knows any job for beginner gaming designer? My boyfriend really needs to change his restaurant job which he has been working at for almost 8 years.

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  • omghi

    I’m a recent college graduate with a dream of making it into the gaming industry. This site has definitely helped me seek out opportunities that weren’t listed on other job boards, so I’d like to thank you for compiling this list! :)

    I’d also like to add the Maxis closed down a few months ago. I’m surprised that was not mentioned yet since it is one of the more better known studios out there. Also I hate to get nitpicky but Bandai Namco is in San Jose now. I know, it’s super close to Santa Clara but I might as well just throw it out there.

  • omghi

    Oh, and PennyPop in San Francisco is a mobile game company, probably best known for their game Battle Camp. Their office has an awesome view of the Bay Bridge, :)

  • Dave Bruno

    There’s a few updates that are needed, but I used to work for Hexify, they changed their name to Lightside and moved to Texas so they are no longer in the Bay Area.

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

    Thanks for the info, Dave. Updated!

  • Nicholas

    I am currently working at Pocket Gems. We’ve released two new notable titles Episode and War Dragons. If you’d like anymore information (or have questions about the company) you can email me at npezant@gmail.com.

  • C38PO1996

    you can add Hangar 13, they’re working on Mafia 3.

  • CT

    Gaea Mobile has multiple games for mobile and just opened their America Branch! biggest hit is Ace of Arenas! 51+ employees

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

    Added – thanks!

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

    Got ‘em added – thanks.

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

    Updated the notable titles – thanks!

  • C38PO1996

    No problem.