Klei Entertainment

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Klei Entertainment Inc.
Private
Industry Computer and video game industry
Founded July 2005; 12 years ago (2005-07)
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Jamie Cheng and Jeffrey Agala
Products Video games
Number of employees
35
Website www.kleientertainment.com

Klei Entertainment Inc. is an independent game development studio located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Klei was formed in July 2005 by Jamie Cheng. They are best known for their games Mark of the Ninja, Don't Starve, Eets, Shank and Invisible, Inc.

History[edit]

Jamie Cheng and Alex Garden founded Klei Entertainment in July 2005.[1] Prior to the formation of Klei, Cheng worked as a specialist AI programmer at Relic Entertainment, then owned by THQ.[2] Cheng acquired seed funding for Klei by selling his THQ shares earned at Relic and getting a $10,000 loan from his brother.[3] Klei was 11 employees in 2009[4] and as of May 2013 has grown to 35 employees.[1]

Their first title, Eets was first released March 27, 2006 for Microsoft Windows,[5] then for Mac OS X on December 9, 2010.[6][7] Between those two releases the game was ported to the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Arcade platform and released on April 25, 2007. Retitled Eets: Chowdown, this version featured 120 new levels and an action minigame called Marsho Madness.[8][9]

The company assisted with Slick Entertainment's N+, the Xbox Live Arcade port of the Adobe Flash game N.[10] In 2008 Klei developed Sugar Rush, a casual massively multiplayer online game.[11] They announced in late August 2010, that development had stopped and the game was canceled.[12] The company's fourth original title, Shank, was announced at Penny Arcade Expo 2009.[13] It was released on August 24, 2010 for the PlayStation 3, August 25, 2010 for the Xbox 360 and October 26, 2010 on for Microsoft Windows.[14]

Klei's survival adventure game Don't Starve was released on April 23, 2013. Don’t Starve was released in a 2-for-1 beta format on Steam, allowing players to purchase two copies of the game for the price of one. Before being officially self-published, Klei sold more than 300,000 copies of Don’t Starve at $15 each.[1] On April 21st, 2016, Klei released a stand-alone multiplayer version of Don't Starve called Don't Starve Together, which has regular updates and individual downloadable content. [15]

On July 2, 2013 it was announced that their next release would to be titled Invisible, Inc., a turn-based espionage game released on May 12, 2015.[16]

In 2017, Klei Entertainment acquired Slick Entertainment. Slick founder Nick Waanders and Jamie Cheng previously worked together at Relic Entertainment, which established a working relationship that later allowed the companies to merge. [17]

Games developed by Klei Entertainment[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Notes
Lin Mac Win PS3 PS4 PSP Vita X360 XBO WiiU NDS iOS
2006 Eets No Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No No
2008 N+ No No No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes No Engine only
2010 Sugar Rush No No Yes No No No No No No No No No Cancelled
2010 Shank Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No
2012 Shank 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No
2012 Mark of the Ninja Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No No
2012 Torchlight II Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No Cinematics only
2013 Don't Starve Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
2014 Eets Munchies Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes
2015 Invisible, Inc. Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No Yes
2016 Don't Starve Together Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
TBA Hot Lava Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
TBA Oxygen Not Included No No Yes No No No No No No No No No
TBA Griftlands No No Yes No No No No No No No No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Plante, Chris (2013-05-29). "The Birth and Re-birth of Klei". Polygon. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  2. ^ Wallis, Alistair (2006-09-29). "Road To The IGF: Klei Entertainment's Eets". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Profile: Jamie Cheng". Centre for Digital Media. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  4. ^ Remo, Chris (2009-10-22). "Q&A: Klei Founder Cheng Discusses Shank, Animation, Repression". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Eets on Steam". Steam. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Randy (2010-12-09). "Eets unleashed on Mac, 75% off via Steam". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Eets: Hunger it's Emotional". Kruger Heavy Industries. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  8. ^ Fahey, Mike (2007-04-23). "Another XBLA Double: Pinball and Eets". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Eets: Chowdown - Xbox.com". xbox.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Legend of Zelda remade in N+". Klei Entertainment. 2008-03-20. Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  11. ^ Greene, Maggie (2008-06-21). "Nexon's Sugar Rush Arena in Closed Beta". Kotaku. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  12. ^ "Sugar Rush Free-to-Play online arena combat game". Klei Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  13. ^ Tong, Sophia (2009-09-04). "Shank Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  14. ^ Cheng, Jamie (2010-03-04). "Klei signs with EA Partners for Shank". Klei Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  15. ^ "Don't Starve Together | Klei Entertainment". www.klei.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  16. ^ "Invisible Inc.". Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Wawro, Alex. "On its 10th birthday, Viking Squad dev Slick joins forces with Klei". Retrieved 2017-07-24. 

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