Local Video Game Companies – Seattle

The Seattle area is home to some of the most biggest game companies in the industry.  Microsoft, Nintendo of America, and Valve – all have their headquarters in the area.  Genre-defining titles like Half-Life and Halo were created here.  There are a few cities with more studios, but it’s hard to argue with the quality of companies and titles coming out of Seattle.

The presence of Microsoft has certainly had an impact in spawning a thriving scene of game developers –  the abundance of Microsoft millionaires meant that there was an ample supply of both money and talent available to  help start new companies (see – Seattle tech history).  That type of investment and infrastructure has helped turn Seattle into one of the most impressive hotbeds for game development in the U.S.

This lists includes studios in Seattle, as well as suburbs like Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

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

COMPANYNOTABLE PROJECTSFOCUSSTUDIO SIZE
17-BitGALAK-Z, Skulls of the ShogunConsoles, PC1-10
343 Industries (Kirkland)HaloConsoles201-500
5th Cell (Bellevue)Hybrid, ScribblenautsHandhelds, Downloadable?
Amazon Game Studios?Mobile, Social?
Anomaly Labs (Tacoma)TechpocalypseSocial1-10
ArenaNet - NCsoft (Bellevue)Guild WarsPC201-500
AtomJackCodename: WaywardConsoles, PC1-10
Beep Industries (Bothell)Realms of Gold, Word SpiralDownloadable1-10
Big Fish GamesLarge library of casual web titlesWeb, Downloadable, Mobile201-500
BoomzapAntique Road Trip, OtherworldPC, Mobile1-10
Brethren Entertainment (Everett)Christian titlesPC?
Bungie (Bellevue)Halo, MarathonConsoles, PC201-500
Carbon Games (Bellevue)AirMechWeb, PC1-10
Cascade Game Foundry?Simulation1-10
CatDaddy Games (Kirkland)Carnival GamesConsoles, Handhelds11-50
CloakWorks InteractiveShroud Cloth Simulation EngineTools1-10
Cryptic North?PC11-50
Detonator GamesNoah's Ark, DetoNationSocial, Mobile1-10
Digital Eel (Kirkland)Data Jammers, Soup du JourPC, Mobile1-10
DoubleBear ProductionsDead StatePC1-10
Double Down InteractiveDouble Down CasinoCasino, Mobile?
DreamBox (Bellevue)Educational SoftwareEducational11-50
En Masse EntertainmentTERA (Publishing)Publishing51-200
Epic Games Seattle (Bellevue)ToolsTools?
First Strike Games?PC11-50
FlowPlayourWorld, downWorldWeb11-50
Fun BitsEscape PlanHandhelds, Downloadable11-50
GameHouseLarge library of casual GamesWeb, PC51-200
Glu Mobile (Bellevue)Deer Hunter, Dino HunterMobile51-200
Good Mood CreatorsMekazooPC11-50
Guppy Games (Bellevue)Tank Wars, Cubetrix ChaosMobile11-50
Hardsuit LabsBlacklight RetributionConsoles, PC11-50
Harebrained Schemes (Kirkland)Shadowrun: DragonfallPC11-50
Her InteractiveNancy Drew, Hardy BoysPC11-50
Hidden Path Entertainment (Bellevue)Defense Grid: You Monster, Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveDownloadable11-50
Highwire Games??1-10
HipSoft (Redmond)Shop it Up, Build-a-lotWeb, PC1-10
Leviathan GamesLicensed TitlesContract Development1-10
Linden LabSecond LifeVirtual Worlds?
Microsoft (Redmond)Xbox 360, KinectCorporate Headquarters500+
Monolith (Kirkland)Gotham City Imposters, FEARConsoles, PC51-200
Motiga (Bellevue)GiganticPC51-200
NCsoft West?Operations, PC?
Nintendo of America (Redmond)North American OperationsConsoles, Handheld, Operations500+
PopCap GamesBejewled, Plants vs. ZombiesWeb, Downloadable, Mobile201-500
Runic GamesTorchlightPC, Mac11-50
Screenlife GamesScene It?Consoles, Mobile, DVD51-200
Shadow Planet ProductionsInsanely Twisted Shadow PlanetDownloadable1-10
Signal Studios (Kirkland)Toy SoldiersDownloadable11-50
Smashing IdeasStunt Bugs, Polar Bear PaybackMobile51-200
Spiderweb SoftwareAvernum, AvadonPC, Mac1-10
Spry Fox (Juanita)Triple Town, Panda PoetMobile1-10
Strange Loop GamesVesselPC1-10
Studio Wildcard (Kirkland)ARK: Survival EvolvedPC11-50
Sucker Punch Productions (Bellevue)Infamous, Sly CooperConsoles51-200
Sunleaf Studios (Redmond)PandandaWeb?
Torpex Games (Redmond)Bejeweled Blitz LIVE!, SchizoidDownloadable1-10
Turn 10 Studios - Microsoft (Redmond)Forza MotorsportConsoles51-200
Uber Entertainment (Kirkland)Monday Night CombatDownloadable11-50
Undead LabsState of DecayDownloadable11-50
Valkyrie EntertainmentCrackdown (contract), Infamous 2 (contract)Contract Art Services11-50
Valve (Bellevue)Half-Life, Portal, SteamPC201-500
Wargaming Mobile (name TBD)?Mobile?
Wargaming Seattle (Redmond)?PC51-200
WB Games (Kirkland)?Consoles, PC?
Wild Tangent (Redmond)Casual Game PortalWeb?
Wizards of the Coast (Renton)Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and DragonsDownloadable, Table Top51-200
Z2LiveBattle Nations, Trade NationsMobile11-50
ZhurosoftKingdoms of Zenia, Monster KingdomMobile1-10

Seattle is also home to several game-centric schools, conferences, and other organizations.

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

  • Dawn Albin

    Does anyone have any experience with any of these companies offering internships?