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Owlchemy Labs is a video game developer based in Austin, Texas. The company was founded in 2010 by Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate Alex Schwartz. Owlchemy is best known for its virtual reality video games Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. In May 2017, the studio was acquired by Google.
Owlchemy also founded VR Austin, one of the largest VR-focused meetups in the US with over 2000 members, which holds Austin based VR Meetings and hosts a yearly game jam. Before that, the founders started the Boston Unity Group and the Winnipeg Unity User Group.
Awards and accolades
- Job Simulator went platinum in January 2020.
- Job Simulator won the Game Developer's Choice Award for best VR/AR Game in 2017.
- Super Ramen BROTHers – iOS (2010)
- AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAa!!! for the Awesome (with Dejobaan Games) – Windows (2011)
- Smuggle Truck – Windows, Mac OS X (2011)
- Snuggle Truck – iOS (2011), Nokia N9, BlackBerry PlayBook, Windows (2012)
- Jack Lumber – Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (2013)
- Dyscourse – Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (2015)
- Job Simulator – Windows, PlayStation 4 (2016), Oculus Quest (May 21, 2019)
- Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality – Windows (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift), PlayStation VR (2017)
- Vacation Simulator – Windows (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift) (released April 9, 2019), PlayStation VR (released June 18, 2019), Oculus Quest (December 12, 2019)
- Cosmonious High – Windows (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Steam VR), Oculus Quest, Oculus Quest 2 (March 31, 2022)
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Interactive Media & Game Development - People
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- Roberston, Adi (May 10, 2017). "Google just acquired one of the most successful VR game studios". The Verge. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
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- "Both Owlchemy Labs' CEO and studio director are leaving to start something new". Gamasutra. June 19, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
- Hayden, Scott (January 9, 2020). "'Job Simulator' Goes Platinum, Selling Over 1 Million Copies to Date". Road to VR. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
- "17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Finalists & Winners". Game Developers Choice Awards. Retrieved November 2, 2020.