KingsIsle Entertainment

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KingsIsle Entertainment Games
Private
Industry Video game
Founded February 2005
Founder Elie Akilian
Headquarters Austin, Texas and Plano, Texas, U.S.A.
Key people
J. Todd Coleman, Co-Creator of Wizard101
Josef Hall, Co-Creator of Wizard101
Products Wizard101 and Pirate101
Website KingsIsle.com

KingsIsle Entertainment is a video game developer based in Austin and Plano, Texas, founded by Elie Akilian in January 2005 and launched the following month.[1][2] Perhaps the best known of the company's recruits are Tom Hall, co-founder of id Software and Ion Storm and J. Todd Coleman, co-founder of Wolfpack Studios. Coleman and Tom Hall have since left KingsIsle Entertainment. The business' primary focus is creating family online games.

KingsIsle’s kid safe games have been honored with awards from the National Parenting Publication, Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine, Massively.com and MMORPG.com.[3][4][5]

To date, KingsIsle has produced two online games, Wizard101, a card-battling MMO featuring wizards in a fantasy world, and Pirate101, which takes place within the same universe as Wizard101. KingsIsle has also produced FreeKIGames(a flash mini game website with a few Wizard101 games) Wizardblox, and Grub Guardian (Their apps for the iPhone). Its second game, Pirate101 won game of the year MMO.[3] Most recently the company has launched a series of mobile games in the iOS, Google Play and Android app stores including AlphaCat - a match 3 RPG game about cats in space.[6]

In May 2016, Kingsisle laid off 72 employees at their Austin studio as part of a reduction in force due to cancellation of a few unreleased mobile game titles.[7][8]

Games Released[edit]

Year Title Platform
2008 Wizard101 PC
2010 WizardBlox Mobile
2012 Pirate101 PC
2012 Grub Guardian Mobile/Browser
2015 Rise & Destroy Mobile
2016 AlphaCat Mobile
2016 EverClicker Mobile

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calnan, Christopher (1 October 2012). "KingsIsle plans second game release this month". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Ewalt, David M. (6 December 2012). "KingsIsle Entertainment's Path To Video Game Victory". Forbes. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "2012 Players' Choice Awards". mmorpg.com. December 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wizard101 takes home Reader's Choice Best MMO of 2010". mmoreporter.com. January 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "NAPPA 2009 Award-Winning Software, Video Games, and Websites". Parenthood.com. 2009. 
  6. ^ "AlphaCat Now in Orbit". PR Newswire. September 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Nutt, Christian (12 May 2016). "Wizard101 studio KingsIsle confirms layoffs". Gamasutra. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Gallaga, Omar L. (23 May 2016). "Kingsisle lays off 72 in Austin in wake of cancelled mobile games". 512tech. Retrieved 15 October 2016.