Owlchemy Labs

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Owlchemy Labs
IndustryVideo games
Founded2010; 13 years ago (2010) in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
FounderAlex Schwartz
Key people

Owlchemy Labs is a video game developer based in Austin, Texas. The company was founded in 2010 by Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate Alex Schwartz.[1] 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.[2][3]

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.[4]

Alex Schwartz departed the company on July 18, 2018; former CTO Devin Reimer became CEO, and Andrew Eiche became CTO.[5][6]

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • Job Simulator went platinum in January 2020.[7]
  • Job Simulator won the Game Developer's Choice Award for best VR/AR Game in 2017.[8]

Games Developed[edit]

Schwartz in 2016


  1. ^ Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Interactive Media & Game Development - People
  2. ^ Grubb, Jeff (May 10, 2017). "Google bags Job Simulator studio Owlchemy Labs in VR's latest exit". Venture Beat. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Roberston, Adi (May 10, 2017). "Google just acquired one of the most successful VR game studios". The Verge. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "About Owlchemy Labs". Owlchemy Labs. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Announcing new leadership at Owlchemy Labs". Owlchemy Labs. June 18, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  6. ^ "Both Owlchemy Labs' CEO and studio director are leaving to start something new". Gamasutra. June 19, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  7. ^ Hayden, Scott (January 9, 2020). "'Job Simulator' Goes Platinum, Selling Over 1 Million Copies to Date". Road to VR. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  8. ^ "17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Finalists & Winners". Game Developers Choice Awards. Retrieved November 2, 2020.

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