Bloober Team

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Bloober Team S.A.
Public
Traded asNewConnectBLO
ISINPLBLOBR00014
IndustryVideo games
Founded6 November 2008; 11 years ago (2008-11-06)
Founders
  • Peter Babieno
  • Peter Bielatowicz
Headquarters,
Poland
Key people
Peter Babieno (CEO)
Products
Number of employees
>100[1] (2020)
Subsidiaries
  • Draw Distance SA (34.98%)[2]
  • Digital Games Services (100%)[3]
  • iPlacement (100%)[3]
  • Neuro-Code (100%)[3]
  • Feardemic (100%)[3]
  • Bloober Team NA (100%)[3]
  • Freeky Games (25.1%)[3]
Websiteblooberteam.com

Bloober Team S.A. is a Polish video game developer based in Kraków. Founded in November 2008, by Peter Babieno and Peter Bielatowicz, the company is best known for developing Layers of Fear (2016), Observer (2017), and Blair Witch (2019). In January 2018, Bloober Team received the Paszport Polityki award in the "Digital Culture" category.

History[edit]

Bloober Team was founded by Peter Babieno and Peter Bielatowicz.[4] The studio was originally part of Nibris, a developer set up in 2006, but sought to become independent through investor funding.[5] The studio formally launched on 6 November 2008, employing 20 people in Kraków offices.[5] Babieno became the chief executive officer for the company.[5] In October 2010, following Nibris' decision to exit the game development business and the cancellation of their only video game, Sadness, many of the company's developers joined Bloober Team.[6]

One of the turning points in Bloober Team's history was the development of Basement Crawl, which debuted alongside the PlayStation 4. Following poor reception, the studio reworked the game by re-using the core game concept while introducing new graphics, game mechanics, story and game modes. The resulting product, Brawl, was released in February 2015 to favourable reviews, and was made available free of charge for owners of Basement Crawl.[7]

The developer received the Paszport Polityki award in the "Digital Culture" category on 10 January 2018.[8] A new project, codenamed Project Méliès, was announced on 8 March 2018.[9] In October that year, the title was announced to be Layers of Fear 2, to be released in 2019 by Gun Media.[10]

In 2009 Bloober Team founded a subsidiary limited liability company iFun4all sp. z o.o.[11] and later brought it to NewConnect stock exchange with the initial public offering occurring on 23 September 2016[12]. On 23 August 2019 company changed its name from iFun4all to Draw Distance[13]. Bloober Team remains the owner of 34.98% of the Draw Distance shares[2].

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Ref.
2010 History Egypt Engineering an Empire iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Wii Strategy [14]
Hospital Havoc Nintendo DS Simulation [15]
Music Master: Chopin iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows Music [16]
2011 Double Bloob Nintendo DSi Action [17]
Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360 Strategy [18]
2012 A-Men Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Puzzle [19]
2013 Deathmatch Village PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Multiplayer online battle arena [20]
A-Men 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Puzzle [21]
2014 Basement Crawl PlayStation 4 Action [22]
2015 Brawl Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 [7]
2016 Layers of Fear Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Psychological horror [23][24]
2017 Observer Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [25]
2019 Layers of Fear 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [10]
Blair Witch Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch [26]
2020 The Medium Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X [1]

Cancelled games[edit]

  • Gender Wars for iOS[27]
  • Future Fight, previously titled Gender Wars: The Battle, for iOS[27][28]
  • Last Flight for Wii[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Piejko, Wojciech (26 June 2020). "704: The Medium and Call of the Sea on Xbox Series X - Xbox Live's Major Nelson". Major Nelson.
  2. ^ a b "ESPI Report 29/2020". Bloober Team investor relations portal.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Babieno, Piotr; Rekieć, Konrad (31 May 2019). "BLOOBER TEAM S.A. – Sprawozdanie z działalności grupy kapitałowej – Za okres 01.01.2018-31.12.2018" [BLOOBER TEAM S.A. – Report on the activities of the capital group – For the period 01.01.2018-31.12.2018] (PDF). Bloober Team (in Polish).
  4. ^ "Bloober Team Breaks Down the Psychology of 'Hidden Horror' in New Video for >observer_". Gamasutra. 23 June 2017. Archived from the original on 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Elliott, Phil (6 November 2008). "Bloober team announces company formation". GamesIndustry.biz.
  6. ^ Sterling, Jim (19 October 2010). "Sadness developer Nibris no longer makes videogames". Destructoid.
  7. ^ a b Sanchez, Miranda (22 April 2015). "Brawl Coming to PS4 This Week". IGN.
  8. ^ Kłosiński, Daniel (10 January 2018). "Twórcy Observer ze studia Bloober Team laureatami Paszportu Polityki". Eurogamer.pl.
  9. ^ Wood, Austin (8 March 2018). "Project Méliès is the next game from Observer, Layers of Fear dev". PC Gamer.
  10. ^ a b Chalk, Andy (25 October 2018). "Layers of Fear 2 revealed, set to come out next year". PC Gamer.
  11. ^ "Monitor Sądowy i Gospodarczy nr 101/2009 (3204) - Pozycja 65841". National Court Register in Poland, entry for iFun4all.
  12. ^ "ESPI/EBI Report of the admission to trading". NewConnect.
  13. ^ "ESPI/EBI Report of the name change". NewConnect.
  14. ^ Chan, Trevor (11 May 2011). "Egypt: Engineering an Empire Taking Over WiiWare and DSiWare". Nintendo Life.
  15. ^ Kaplan, Zach (26 July 2010). "Review: Hospital Havoc (DSiWare)". Nintendo Life.
  16. ^ Fletcher, JC (13 April 2010). "Music Master: Chopin is a music game for the classically inclined". Engadget.
  17. ^ Chan, Trevor (17 May 2011). "Double Bloob Now Bouncing on DSiWare Instead". Nintendo Life.
  18. ^ Elliot, Patrick (21 April 2011). "Bloober Team Working on NGP Launch Title". Push Square.
  19. ^ Latanicki, Olivier (17 October 2012). "A-MEN out today for PS3 with PS Vita Cross Play support". PlayStation Blog Europe.
  20. ^ Hillier, Brenna (18 February 2013). "Deathmatch Village beta due "really soon"". VG247.
  21. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (24 October 2013). "A-Men 2 announced for PS3 and Vita". Eurogamer.
  22. ^ Pitcher, Jenna (24 January 2014). "Basement Crawl brings its grindhouse flavor to Europe Jan. 29". Polygon.
  23. ^ Romano, Sal (25 October 2018). "Layers of Fear 2 announced". Gematsu.
  24. ^ Wales, Matt (25 October 2018). "Observer developer unveils its classic-cinema-themed horror Layers of Fear 2". Eurogamer.
  25. ^ Romano, Sal (31 August 2018). "Observer coming to Switch". Gematsu.
  26. ^ Billcliffe, James (10 June 2019). "Blair Witch returns to reclaim its camera-toting horror crown from Outlast". VG247.
  27. ^ a b GamesIndustry International (29 April 2010). "Future Fight". GamesIndustry.biz.
  28. ^ Gilbert, Ben (9 February 2010). "Last Flight devs announce 'Gender Wars: The Battle,' an iPad strategy game". Engadget.
  29. ^ "Last Flight". Nintendo Life.

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