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Maximum Games (formerly Maximum Family Games) is a boutique publisher and distributor of interactive video games. Founded in 2009, Maximum Games publishes video games on all leading platforms. Notable titles include: The Golf Club Collector's Edition, Alekhine's Gun (their first title developed in-house), Farming Simulator 17, Mark McMorris Infinite Air, Loading Human, and The Technomancer.
Maximum Games is a privately held California corporation, and was founded as "Maximum Family Games" in 2009 by Christina Seelye and Len Ciciretto. During the 2009 holiday season, the company launched two successful Nintendo DS titles, Junior Brain Trainer and Junior Classic Games, with placement in major US retailers. In 2010, the company published 16 new products for the Nintendo DS, Wii and PC platforms. In the same year, the company was granted Third Party Publishing status with Nintendo of America and Sony Computer Entertainment America, and in 2011, they were granted the same status in Europe with both companies. Maximum Family Games ultimately produced more than 20 new titles that year, including the addition of Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 titles.
On May 25, 2012, Maximum Family Games changed its name to Maximum Games.
On March 1, 2016, Maximum Games released their first game developed in-house, the action-stealth title Alekhine's Gun. The game is a spiritual successor to the Death to Spies series, reviving it after a failed crowdfunding campaign in October 2014.
On March 31, 2016, Maximum Games acquired UK-based video game publisher and distributor, Avanquest Software Publishing Ltd.
Maximum Games has received a number of awards and recognitions, including several for rapid business growth. In 2015, the company ranked #2808 on Inc Magazine's Inc 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, won the American Business Awards bronze award for Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year, and ranked #12 and #41 in San Francisco Business Times's lists of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the East Bay and 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area, respectively. Maximum Games has also been recognized by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, garnering a silver award for the "More than 10 Employees" category of the Women-Run Workplace of the Year competition in November 2015.
Notable published titles
- Lichdom: Battlemage
- Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
- Alekhine's Gun
- Beast Quest
- Deer Drive Legends
- Deer Hunt Legends
- Farming Simulator
- Hello Kitty Online
- JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters
- Kart Racer
- Putty Squad
- Rugby 15
- Road Rage
- Serious Sam Collection
- Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
- Sniper Elite
- The Technomancer
- Troll and I
- Worms Collection
- WRC 4
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