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Industry Computer and video games
Founded 1993
Headquarters Zagreb, Croatia
Key people
  • Roman Ribaric, CEO
  • Alen Ladavac, CTO
  • Davor Hunski, CCO
Products Serious Sam series

Croteam is a Croatian independent video game developer based in Zagreb. The company was established in 1993 and is best known for creating the first-person shooter series Serious Sam.

Company history[edit]

Croteam's CCO Davor Hunski (left) and CTO Alen Ladavac at the 2015 Game Developers Conference

It was established in 1993 initially as a "garage games" company.[1] Their first game was Football Glory, a football game which was published by Black Legend for Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200 platforms in 1994, and then for PC and PC CD-ROM in 1995.[1][2] Sensible Software threatened legal action against Croteam due to Football Glory being a clone of Sensible Soccer. Croteam ceased further development on the title and released it as freeware in 1998.[3] Save the Earth, a children's game based on a Croatian TV series, was also developed for the Amiga 4000. One year later, Croteam finished 5-A-Side soccer, an indoor soccer version of Football Glory for the Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200.[1][3]

A long hiatus followed, broken by the first title of the Serious Sam series, Serious Sam: The First Encounter in 2001, followed by Serious Sam: The Second Encounter in 2002. Both Serious Sam games debuted on Windows and utilised Croteam's in-house Serious Engine. In 2002 Serious Sam for the Xbox was released, which consisted of both games with the additional number of cinematics, an updated scores system, combos, multikills, auto-aiming and other console specific features. A sequel, Serious Sam II for both PC and Xbox was released on October 11, 2005, using Serious Engine 2.[1]

In 2007, development began on Serious Sam 3: BFE, a prequel to the original game. In 2010, Croteam released HD versions of the original Serious Sam games with upgraded textures and additional features. Serious Sam 3 was released for Windows in November 2011, soon followed by Mac and Linux versions. The Xbox 360 version of Serious Sam 3 was released on Xbox Live Arcade in September 2012, and the game later made its way to PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in March 2014.[1] In December 2014, Croteam released first-person puzzle game The Talos Principle for Windows, OS X, and Linux.[4]

Games developed by Croteam[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "About". Croteam. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Collins, Michael; Barnes, Lucus; Yang, Vincent; Reneke, Charlie; Kudma, Joe (2002). Slaven, Andy, ed. Video Game Bible, 1985-2002. Trafford Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 9781553697312. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Varney, Allen (October 25, 2005). "Serious Cro". The Escapist. Defy Media. p. 1. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Talos Principle". Croteam. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 

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