989 Studios

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989 Studios
FormerlySony Interactive Studios America
TypeSubsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment
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 the PlayStation consoles and Windows personal computers. Their games such as 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 renamed 989 Studios.[2] 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.[2] SCEA continues to release sports games under the 989 Sports brand.[2][3]


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As 989 Studios[edit]

As 989 Sports[edit]

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  1. ^ 'Sony Electronic Publishing Co. renamed; Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. is established. Businesswire, August 17, 1995.
  2. ^ a b c IGN Staff (February 4, 2000). "Sony Swallows 989 Studios". IGN. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  3. ^ McGehee, Michael (March 9, 2000). "Sony set to fold 989 studio". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 14, 2020.

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