Smith & Tinker

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Smith & Tinker
Company typePrivately held
FoundedApril 2007[1]
DefunctNovember 8, 2012
HeadquartersBellevue, Washington, U.S.[2]
Key people
Jordan Weisman
Joe Lawandus
Tim Lebel
Charles Merrin
Ryan Kyle
Number of employees

Smith & Tinker was an American electronic entertainment company founded in February 2007 by Jordan Weisman, Jeremy Bornstein, Lenny Raymond, and Kev Ray.[3] Weisman later brought in Tim Lebel and Joe Lawandus. On October 15, 2007, they announced that they had licensed from Microsoft the rights for Weisman's previous creations of MechWarrior, Shadowrun, Crimson Skies and other FASA titles and would be announcing their plans for these intellectual properties at a later date.[4]

The name of the company was based upon the fictional characters Smith & Tinker, an artist and an inventor who are briefly mentioned in the Land of Oz series of books as the creators of Tik-Tok the machine man. This was evidenced by the mention of Emerald City on the company web site, and the use of Tik-Tok in the company logo.[5]

The first game from Smith & Tinker was called Nanovor.[6] Nanovor was an online battle game targeted to 7 - 12 year olds. Nanovor was released to public beta in May 2009.[7] The company later released iOS games, one called Whirleo and another featuring Marvel Comics characters called KAPOW!

Contrary to rumors, Smith & Tinker was not in any way involved with MechWarrior Online, as after the failure to find funding for MechWarrior 5 in conjunction with Piranha Games, Piranha purchased Smith & Tinker's license to the MechWarrior franchise[8] which in turn is licensed from Microsoft.[9]

Smith & Tinker closed down on November 8, 2012.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Stealth startup of the week: Smith & Tinker". 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  2. ^ "Whois Search". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14.
  3. ^ "Resume of Jeremy Bornstein". Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  4. ^ "Smith & Tinker is pleased to announce that it has licensed from Microsoft the electronic entertainment rights for Mr. Weisman's previous creations..." 2007-10-15. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  5. ^ "Messrs. Smith & Tinker have assembled, in the Emerald City". Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  6. ^ "Nanovor".
  7. ^ "Connect, Collect & Battle with Nanovor". 2009-05-27. Archived from the original on 2009-07-09.
  8. ^ Bullock, Russ. "President". Piranha Games. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. ^ "» Microsoft Blocking the PS3 Version Caused the Death (and Rebirth) of the MechWarrior Reboot » DualShockers". Archived from the original on 2011-11-02.

External links[edit]

  • Smith & Tinker (link to Internet Archive Wayback Machine capture of company site at time of closure)
  • Nanovor