2 Player Productions

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2 Player Productions is a video production company based in San Francisco, California and founded in 2005 by Paul Owens, Paul Levering, and Asif Siddiky.[1] The company focuses on producing content that shines a light on video game culture and the process of game production. They achieved their first success with the 2008 documentary Reformat the Planet and have since worked with many mainstream companies such as MTV and Spike.[1]


Reformat the Planet[edit]

Reformat the Planet is a documentary film that premiered in 2008 at the South by Southwest Film Festival film festival about the chiptune music scene. The film stars various artists and highlights certain events in the culture such as Blip Festival.[2][3]

Penny Arcade: The Series[edit]

Penny Arcade: The Series[4] Is a web show spanning 27 episodes about Penny Arcade and PAX. The first season was aired on Game Trailers and has a positive collective review of 9.1.[5] However, subsequent seasons are produced by Vantage Point Production. Gassalasca said that they stopped doing Penny Arcade: The Series for "a number of reasons, but mostly just because we wanted to move on to new projects." [6]

Uncharted 3[edit]

In 2010, the company was hired by game developer Naughty Dog to produce behind the scenes content detailing development for their game Uncharted 3.[7]

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang[edit]

In December 2012, the company released Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, a documentary about the development of the video game Minecraft and its developer, the Swedish game company Mojang. The idea was first shown on February 21, 2011 as a proof of concept video to attempt to raise money to finish the project using Kickstarter.[8] The company's goal was to raise $150,000. This goal was met on March 26, 2011, however people continued to donate so that the final amount raised was $210,297.[9] Depending on the amount donated contributors will have an opportunity to share their personal story in the documentary.[10][11]

Double Fine Adventure ("Broken Age")[edit]

In February 2012, Double Fine Productions became the first game company to fully fund a high-budget video-game via Kickstarter, a crowdsourcing website. As part of their funding agreement, Double Fine pledged to hire 2 Player Productions to document the entire development process as a serial documentary, with regular, roughly monthly "episodes," made available to all backers of the project.[12] As of November 2014 this series is still in progress, with 17 episodes to date.[13]


  1. ^ a b "2 Player Productions Bio". 2playerproductions.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Reformat the Planet". 2playerproductions.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  3. ^ Jeriaska (2009-11-23). = "Interview: 2 Player Productions - Reformatting PAX for DVD". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Penny Arcade: The Series". 2playerproductions.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Penny Arcade: The Series Video Game | Reviews, Trailers & Interviews". GameTrailers.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  6. ^ "2PlayerProductions". Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  7. ^ "Uncharted 3". 2playerproductions.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Minecraft Documentary HD | GameTrailers". YouTube. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  9. ^ Diana Paul (2011-03-26). "Minecraft: The Story of Mojang by 2 Player Productions — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  10. ^ JC Fletcher on May 30th 2011 6:16PM (2011-05-30). "2 Player Productions looking to build player stories into Minecraft film". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  11. ^ Daw, David (2011-06-15). "2 Player Productions: Meet the Guys Behind the Minecraft Documentary". PC World. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  12. ^ Daw, David (2012-02-16). "2 Player Productions Interview". PC World. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  13. ^ "Episode 17: A Deadline for Tim". doublefine.com. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 

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