|GHI Media, LLC|
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||June 25, 2009|
Number of locations
|2 offices (2018)|
|Fork Parker (CFO)|
|Subsidiaries||Good Shepherd Entertainment|
Devolver Digital, Inc. is an American video game publisher and film distributor based in Austin, Texas, which is primarily associated with the Serious Sam and Hotline Miami series. The company was founded in June 2009 by Mike Wilson, Harry Miller and Rick Stults, previously founders and executives of Gathering of Developers and Gamecock Media Group, alongside Nigel Lowrie and Graeme Struthers.
After partnering with developer Croteam for the Serious Sam series, they published their first game, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, in 2009. Devolver Digital continued publishing Serious Sam related video games, but also started shifting their focus to smaller independent developers. Their first major indie success was Hotline Miami by Dennaton Games in 2012. Alongside the release of Hotline Miami, Devolver Digital opened a second office in London, England, led by Struthers and Andrew Parsons. In 2013, the company opened their film distribution arm, Devolver Digital Films, which aims at helping independent filmmakers by digitally distributing and promoting their work.
Founding and initial development
Devolver Digital was founded in Austin, Texas, by Mike Wilson, Harry Miller and Rick Stults. The three had previously co-founded publishing companies Gathering of Developers in 1998, and Gamecock Media Group in 2007. Founding partners were Nigel Lowrie and Graeme Struthers, also business partners of Wilson. They announced the company's establishment on June 25, 2009, coinciding with the reveal of their first game, a high-definition remake of Croteam's 2001 game Serious Sam: The First Encounter. The First Encounter was originally published through Gathering of Developers, in a deal where Croteam retained the series' intellectual property, using which they chose to cooperate with Devolver Digital.
In 2012, Hotline Miami by Dennaton Games became the publisher's breakout hit, solidifying their role within the indie gaming community. The title went on to receive critical praise, appear on multiple "Best of 2012" lists, sold over 1,700,000 copies by February 2013.
Prior to the release of Serious Sam 3: BFE, Devolver Digital and Croteam experimented with the idea of shifting its focus towards publishing games of smaller independent companies. Using Serious Sam as a test bed, Devolver Digital contracted Mommy's Best Games and Vlambeer for smaller high-concept titles, publishing Serious Sam Double D and Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, respectively. Afterwards, fan-made titles Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! by Be-Rad Entertainment and Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter by Eric Ruth Games, were taken into the official "indie series" portfolio and also published by Devolver Digital.
Expansion into film distribution
At the South by Southwest Film Festival 2013, Devolver Digital announced that their newly formed film distribution arm, Devolver Digital Films, would be spearheaded by Mike Wilson and Andie Grace, both of which are experienced filmmakers and industry insiders. Citing the lack of support for independent filmmakers at the point of distribution and financial support in production, Devolver Digital Films aimed "to be that much needed second or third wind to truly find an audience for the film at the home stretch and finish line. Employing the same approach to film distribution as with game publishing, Devolver Digital Films' ambition is to "apply that same fiercely creative devotion to indie filmmakers and their projects."
Fork Parker, the alleged chief financial officer of Devolver Digital, is a fictional character who first appeared in a promotional video for Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter on August 18, 2009, where he received a lot of fan acclaim. Due to his increasing popularity, he was turned into an advertisement figure, appearing on press releases and in game credits, as well as receiving his own Twitter account where he promotes Devolver Digital's games and gives critical opinions about current trends or news. Although he is a fictional character, Fork Parker has officially been listed as Devolver Digital's chief financial officer and is treated as such, appearing as an avaricious personality in the form of Easter eggs in various games.
E3 press conferences
In May 2017, Devolver Digital announced they would be also holding a press conference at E3 2017, but also announced that there won't be any "new game reveals", a deviation from the norm, but instead would feature an appearance of Suda51. The press conference itself turned out to be a satirical 20-minute pre-taped video of a supposed live audience hosted by supposed "Chief Synergy Officer" Nina Struthers (played by actress Mahria Zook), and included Struthers firing a gun into the air, a mock announcement of a new microtransaction method where the customer can literally throw money at the screen to purchase items, as well as an announcement of "Earliest Access", a parody on early access in which players can pre-order games that are yet to be entered into production. The show then ends with Struther's head exploding. The video was directed by Don Thacker, head of Imagos Softworks. In the aftermath, the show was called "a meta joke on everyone watching" and "a freaking masterpiece" that "highlighted pretty much everything wrong with AAA gaming".
The joke video idea was repeated in 2018 with Zook reprising her role as Nina Struthers; the show this time introduced on a new item called "Lootboxcoin", a parody of both cryptocurrency and loot boxes; in reality it was a simple plastic coin that had "no actual value", but was available for purchase from the Devolver store for a fluctuating price. The presentation explicitly stated that the coin is not a cryptocurrency, should not be considered currency and warned viewers that they "can't buy anything with it". Also introduced was the "Devolver Digital Entertainment System Classic", in reality a repainted Sega Dreamcast. The show then ended with the gamer who lost his hand in the 2017 show gunning down Struthers, who then, in an homage to the first-person sequence of RoboCop, gets cybernetically augmented.
|2009||Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter||Croteam||Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360|
|2010||Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter||Croteam||Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360|
|2011||Serious Sam Double D||Mommy's Best Games||Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack!||Be-Rad Entertainment||Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam: The Random Encounter||Vlambeer||Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam 3: BFE||Croteam||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2012||Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter||Eric Ruth Games||Microsoft Windows|
|To-Fu: The Trials of Chi||HotGen||Android, Microsoft Windows|
|Spacelings||HotGen||Android, Microsoft Windows|
|Hotline Miami||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|To-Fu 2||HotGen||Microsoft Windows|
|2013||Serious Sam Double D XXL||Mommy's Best Games||Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360|
|Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita|
|Dungeon Hearts||Cube Roots||iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Shadow Warrior Classic Redux||
||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Foul Play||Mediatonic||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360|
|Shadow Warrior||Flying Wild Hog||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior||RuneStorm||Microsoft Windows|
|Defense Technica||Kuno Interactive||macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|2014||Luftrausers||Vlambeer||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita|
|Serious Sam Classics: Revolution||
|Always Sometimes Monsters||Vagabond Dog||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|Dungeon Hearts Blitz||Tangent||Android, iOS|
|OlliOlli||Roll7||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Gods Will Be Watching||Deconstructeam||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|The Expendabros||Free Lives||macOS, Microsoft Windows|
||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|Heavy Bullets||Terri Vellmann||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Sigils of Elohim||Croteam||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Cosmic DJ||GL33k||iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|The Talos Principle||Croteam||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike||Dodge Roll||macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|2015||Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number||
||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|Titan Souls||Acid Nerve||Android, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|Not a Hero||Roll7||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4|
|Ronin||Tomasz Wacławek||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|Breach & Clear: Deadline||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood||Roll7||Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Dropsy||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|A Fistful of Gun||FarmerGnome||Microsoft Windows|
|Broforce||Free Lives||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4|
|Downwell||Moppin||Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|Pathologic Classic HD||
|Noct||C3SK||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star||
||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|Enter the Gungeon||Dodge Roll||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|OmniBus||Buddy Cops, LLC||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Reigns||Nerial||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|Okhlos||Coffee Powered Machine||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Mother Russia Bleeds||Le Cartel Studio||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|Shadow Warrior 2||Flying Wild Hog||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|2017||Stories Untold||No Code||macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Sub Rosa||Cryptic Sea||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter||Croteam||Linux, Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter||Croteam||Linux, Microsoft Windows|
|Golf for Workgroups||Cryptic Sea||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Spaceplan||Jake Hollands||Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Strafe||Pixel Titans||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|Block'hood||Plethora Project||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam's Bogus Detour||Crackshell||Linux, Microsoft Windows|
|Gorn||Free Lives||Microsoft Windows|
|Absolver||Sloclap||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope||Croteam||Microsoft Windows|
|Ruiner||Reikon Games||Linux, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|The Talos Principle VR||Croteam||Linux, Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE||Croteam||Linux, Microsoft Windows|
||macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Reigns: Her Majesty||Nerial||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|2018||Genital Jousting||Free Lives||Microsoft Windows|
|The Red Strings Club||Deconstructeam||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Crossing Souls||Fourattic||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita|
|Umiro||Diceroll Studios||Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Minit||JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|The Swords of Ditto||Onebitbeyond||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|I Hate Running Backwards||Binx Interactive||Linux, Microsoft Windows|
|The Messenger||Sabotage Studio||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|Reigns: Game of Thrones||Nerial||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Gris||Nomada Studio||macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|2019||Pikuniku||Sectordub||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|Ape Out||Gabe Cuzzillo||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|Katana Zero||Askiisoft||macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass||Croteam||TBA|
|My Friend Pedro||DeadToast Entertainment||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|Metal Wolf Chaos XD||
||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Gato Roboto||Doinksoft||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch|
|Weedcraft Inc||Vile Monarch||Microsoft Windows|
|Observation||No Code||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|TBA||Fork Parker's Crunch Out||Mega Cat Studios||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Eitr||Eneme Entertainment||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|Sometimes Always Monsters||Vagabond Dog||Microsoft Windows|
|Gassy Mob||Flee Punk||Android, iOS|
|Paradise Never||Kitty Lambda||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|The Talos Principle 2||Croteam||TBA|
|Year of re-release||Year of original release||Title||Developer(s)||Platform(s)|
|2010||2001||Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter||Croteam||Microsoft Windows|
|2002||Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter||Croteam||Microsoft Windows|
|2011||2005||Serious Sam 2||Croteam||Microsoft Windows|
|2013||1997||Shadow Warrior||3D Realms||macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|2006||Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure||The Collective||Microsoft Windows|
|2015||2014||Breach & Clear||Mighty Rabbit Studios||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
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