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.

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

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

    Got some inside scoop from Sucker Punch, Microsoft and Bungie – post updated.

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

    Lots of studio counts updated – got some great inside info!

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

    Removed Gastronaut Studios from the list.  Looks like the Small Arms developer was acquired by Popcap several years ago.

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

    Added CloakWorks Interactive, which relocated from Chicago.

  • Ashley

    Snowblind merged identities with Monolith back in 2011.

  • Ashley

    This is an awesome resource. =) Thanks for compiling it all!

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

    Thanks, Ashley. I updated their location to Kirkland. It looks like Snowblind still operates as a distinct studio in the WB Games family. Do they share studio space with Monolith?

  • FearlessSon

    You also might want to add the Academy of Interactive Entertainment beside Digipen there about schools offering game design degrees.

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

    Added Strange Loop Games.

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

    Made a few updates that involve Wargaming.net. First, Wargaming took over Gas Powered Games and rebranded it Wargaming Seattle. Also added the newly announced “Wargaming Mobile” – the official studio name has not yet been decided.

  • saraehatch

    Hi Paul–

    Nice list! What about Paizo/Goblinworks? They are in Redmond/Renton…

  • http://haveyounerd.com/ Terra Clarke Olsen

    Don’t forget about Zhurosoft! Local company in Pioneer Square. Currently looking to hire for multiple positions! http://zhurosoft.com/

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

    Removed U4ia Games from the list, they have officially shut down.

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

    Sorry, Terra! I had missed your comment. Zhurosoft has been added – get those jobs posted on our site, it’s free!

  • Alex Sanyer

    Guppy Games has become Guppy Media and they have a new site. I wondered why they were showing off flip phone games.

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

    Way late, but we got them added! Sorry I missed this.

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

    Added Amazon Game Studios to the list.

  • Mmmm…

    NCsoft West leads to a broken link, SIgnal Studios has moved from Bothell to Kirkland, Smith & Tinker leads to a broken link, WXP Games leads to a broken link, and Zynga Seattle recently closed down.

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

    Thanks, Mmmm. Removed Smith and Tinker and WXP – saw confirmation that both of those studios were closed. Updated the location on Signal Studios. For now, changed the link on NCsoft West to the NCsoft homepage. They might not have that downtown Seattle location anymore, it doesn’t seem to be listed on their jobs page. I need to confirm where they’re at, and what they’re calling that studio.

  • http://rhinomob.com/ RhinoMob

    “Gaming” refers to Gambling in some circles and would be misinterpreted. This should say “Video Game Development”.
    How to Create Games App

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

    Airtight Games has shut down – R.I.P.

  • Paul Canniff

    This list is missing 17-BIT and Harebrained Schemes.

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

    Not anymore! Thanks for the heads up, Paul.

  • Paul Canniff

    Another one I think deserves to be on here is called Flexasoft, based in Redmond, Washington. They recruit quality assurance game testers and contract them out to local Seattle game companies. Says they have 51-200 employees according to their LinkedIn profile.

  • Paul Canniff

    Also Penny Arcade, Inc. should arguably be included even though they are more “online media”, everything they do is gaming related. They own PAX, the largest gaming convention in North America, and Child’s Play, the largest gaming charity in North America, and they have millions of followers worldwide. Their company has 11-50 employees in the Seattle area.

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

    Hey Paul – I checked them out, and I think I’ll leave them out. It looks like their focus is more on general software QA, not necessarily game specific.

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

    I’ll add PA to the “other” section at the bottom of the page. Definitely worth mentioning!

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  • Victor62

    Amazing Society is no more. The name is owned by Gazillion and they are located in San Mateo.

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

    Removed, thanks for the heads up.

  • Juan

    List is missing Motiga, located in Bellevue :)

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

    Hey, Juan – thanks for the heads up! Motiga has been added.

  • david leon

    Flying Lab Software is now Cryptic North

  • david leon

    Also, Snowblind Studios folded into Monolith

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

    Hey David – thanks for the info. A bit late, but both tips have been confirmed and updated. Thanks!

  • Colton Leavitt

    I believe Zombie Studios has shut down. Their game has been handed off to Hardsuit Labs, which is a new video game company located in Seattle. :)

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

    Hey Colton – confirmed both of these, thanks for the update! Zombie has been removed, and Hardsuit has been added.

  • Colton Leavitt

    No problem! Thank you for the list. It has been extremely helpful in finding a place to intern at. Cheers!

  • Jocelyn Wiedman Hayes

    Hello Gamers and Gaming Developers! I am taking my son to Seattle at the end of the month to explore the world of gaming development. He is in 8th grade but is sure his ‘Destiny’ is to be a gaming developer. We are looking for gaming companies that may provide tours or allow him to shadow someone for part of a day. We do plan to visit some of the schools that offer gaming degrees and courses, but would also love to visit some gaming companies. Thanks in advance!

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  • Peter Browne

    I found The Good Mood Creators in Seattle. http://www.goodmoodcreators.com/ I think they were at Comic Con or PAX. Mekazoo is their title!

  • Theo S.

    Some updates from end of 2016:

    343 Industries link is broken (absorbed by Microsoft?)
    CatDaddy redirects to 2K
    Digital Chocolate was bought by Ubisoft
    Fuel Cell Games seems to now be called Shadow Planet Productions
    Good Science Studios link is broken (absorbed by Microsoft?)
    PressOK link just redirects to a personal blog
    Turn 10 owned by Microsoft
    Valcon Games is MIA
    Zynga closed its Seattle office in 2014.

  • LanceJZ

    Some of these links are dead.

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

    Hey Lance – just updated several of these.

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

    Cleaned up many old links, and also added Studio Wildcard.

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

    Hey Theo – sorry for the late reply. Thanks for the awesome info! Updated many of these.

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

    Added First Strike Games to the list.