4J Studios

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4J Studios Limited
IndustryVideo games
PredecessorVIS Entertainment
Founded19 April 2005; 15 years ago (2005-04-19)
  • Chris van der Kuyl
  • Paddy Burns
  • Frank Arnot
Key people
Number of employees
18[1] (2009)

4J Studios Limited is a British video game developer based in Dundee, Scotland. It has a second office located in East Linton. Founded in April 2005 by VIS Entertainment alumni Chris van der Kuyl, Paddy Burns and Frank Arnot, the company is best known for porting Minecraft to consoles and handheld platforms.[2]


4J Studios was founded by Chris van der Kuyl, Paddy Burns and Frank Arnot on 19 April 2005, twelve days after van der Kuyl's previous video game venture, VIS Entertainment, entered into administration.[3][4] All three were previously employed by that company, of which van der Kuyl as president and chief executive officer.[4][5]

On 13 November 2012, co-founder and studio director Arnot announced that he had left 4J Studios to found Stormcloud Games, another video game developer, alongside co-workers Andy West and Pat McGovern.[6][7] In March 2018, 4J Studios invested a "six-figure sum" in Puny Astronaut, a Dundee-based developer founded by Abertay University alumni.[8] 4J Studios' van der Kuyl and Burns subsequently joined that company's board of directors, of which van der Kuyl also became their chairman.[9]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships PlayStation 2, Xbox Bethesda Softworks
2006 Star Trek: Encounters PlayStation 2
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (port) PlayStation 3
2007 Star Trek: Conquest PlayStation 2, Wii
2008 AMF Bowling Pinbusters! Nintendo DS Vir2L Studios
Overlord: Raising Hell (port) PlayStation 3 Codemasters
Ducati Moto Nintendo DS Vir2L Studios
Banjo-Kazooie (port) Xbox 360 Microsoft Game Studios
2009 Banjo-Tooie (port)
Wuggle iOS 4J Studios
Texas Wuggle
2010 Perfect Dark (port) Xbox 360 Microsoft Game Studios
2012 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Microsoft Studios
2013 Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition PlayStation 3 Sony Computer Entertainment
2014 Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Xbox One Microsoft Studios
2014 Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition PlayStation 4 Sony Computer Entertainment
Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition PlayStation Vita
2015 Minecraft: Wii U Edition Wii U Mojang
2017 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Switch


  1. ^ "Behind the Fur and Feathers with 4J Studios - MundoRare". mundorare.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Microsoft officially owns Minecraft and developer Mojang now". polygon.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "New State of Emergency declared as Glasgow firm takes on game". scotsman.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Games company 4J enjoys year of profit". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ "4J's Chris van der Kuyl". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Minecraft XBLA and Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion developers form Stormcloud Games studio". polygon.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ "New studio Storm Cloud launches in Scotland". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  8. ^ Kerr, Chris. "Minecraft console edition dev invests in Scottish studio Puny Astronaut". gamasutra.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  9. ^ "4J Studios invests 'six-figure sum' in Scottish indie dev Puny Astronaut". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 1 July 2018.

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