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989 Sports
FormerlySony Interactive Studios America
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
PredecessorSony Imagesoft
Founded1995 (original)
2001 (relaunch)
Defunct2000 (original)
2005 (relaunch)
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, United States
ParentSony Computer Entertainment America

989 Studios was a division of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) that developed games for PlayStation consoles and Windows personal computers. Their games include EverQuest, Twisted Metal III, Twisted Metal 4, Syphon Filter, Syphon Filter 2, Jet Moto 3, Bust a Groove, and others.


The 989 Sports name developed from a long history of name changes and corporate shuffling within Sony centered around operations in Foster City, California. In August 1995, the video game business of Sony Imagesoft was merged with the product development branch of SCEA, becoming Sony Interactive Studios America (SISA)[1] In 1998, SISA was spun off from SCEA and was renamed 989 Studios.[2][3] On April 1, 2000, 989 Studios was merged back into SCEA as a first party development group, in order to prepare for the then-upcoming PlayStation 2.[3] SCEA continued to release sports games under the 989 Sports brand[3][4] until the brand was retired in 2005.


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  1. ^ Harmon, Amy (August 18, 1995). "Company Town". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 1, 2022. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "SISA Becomes 989". GameSpot. June 2, 1998. Archived from the original on October 12, 2000. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c IGN Staff (February 4, 2000). "Sony Swallows 989 Studios". IGN. Archived from the original on October 17, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  4. ^ McGehee, Michael (March 9, 2000). "Sony set to fold 989 studio". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 25, 2023. Retrieved September 14, 2020.

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