Failbetter Games

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Failbetter Games Ltd.
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedJanuary 2010
FoundersAlexis Kennedy
Paul Arendt
Key people
Chris Gardiner, Henry Senior, Adam Myers, Hannah Flynn
ProductsFallen London
Sunless Sea
Sunless Skies
Number of employees

Failbetter Games is a British video game and interactive fiction studio founded in January 2010 by Alexis Kennedy and Paul Arendt. Failbetter is chiefly known for its Fallen London Victorian Gothic franchise (comprising, to date, the Fallen London and Silver Tree browser games and the Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies video games), which has garnered a cult following.[2] Failbetter was also commissioned by BioWare to build a browser-game prologue for Dragon Age: Inquisition,[3] and by UK publisher Harvill Secker to create a puzzle game to accompany The Night Circus.[4][5] The studio has consistently won acclaim for the quality of its writing, world-building and storytelling.[6][7]

In 2016, Alexis Kennedy left Failbetter, citing a desire to work with a variety of other studios and work on his own smaller, more experimental projects. Following the under-performance of the Sunless Sea iPad port, and poor sales of their early access title Sunless Skies, Failbetter had to lay off four members of staff in 2018, reducing their headcount to twelve.[1]


  1. ^ a b Tom Phillips (2018-02-14). "Behind the sunless scenes". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  2. ^ "How a cult-hit browser game spawned the dark world of 'Sunless Sea'".
  3. ^ "The Last Court". PC Games N.
  4. ^ O'Hara, Jan (September 9, 2011). "Author Interview at Writer Unboxed (Part II)". Writer Unboxed. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Khan, Yasmeen (September 1, 2011). "The Night Circus". Failbetter Games. Archived from the original on December 22, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Best Words of 2014". Rock Paper Shotgun.
  7. ^ "The City and the Sea". Eurogamer.

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