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Tequila Works

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Tequila Works S.L.
Company typePrivate
IndustryVideo games
Founded2009; 15 years ago (2009)
  • Raúl Rubio
  • Luz Sancho
Key people
Number of employees
70 (2019[1])

Tequila Works S.L. is a Spanish video game developer based in Madrid. Founded in 2009 by Raúl Rubio and Luz Sancho, the company is best known for developing Deadlight and Rime.


Co-founder and CEO Raúl Rubio in 2017

Tequila Works was founded in Madrid in 2009 by Raúl Rubio Munárriz and Luz Sancho Rodríguez. On 18 January 2012, Tequila Works announced their first project, Deadlight.[2] Tequila Works' next project was Rime, a puzzle video game originally intended to be a PlayStation 4-exclusive game. However, the team decided to acquire the intellectual property from Sony in the middle of the game's development and bring the game to other platforms. Rime was released in May 2017.[3][4] The company also collaborated with GameTrust Games on a virtual reality project named The Invisible Hours, in which players will solve a murder mystery.[5]

In 2017, the company partnered with British developer Cavalier Game Studios to publish Cavalier's first game, The Sexy Brutale, while providing additional development.[6] The company also published WonderWorlds by Guildford-based start-up studio Glowmade.[7]

In February 2019, Sony Pictures Virtual Reality announced a VR game by Tequila Works titled Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, which is set 26 years after Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, planned to release later in 2019 for PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.[8] In May 2019, Tequila Works revealed that they have two projects in production and one in pre-production.[1]

In March 2022, Tequila Works announced that it has received an investment from Tencent which will be used to grow the studio and develop more original IP. The investment was undisclosed and is only known to make the Chinese conglomerate a major investor into the company.[9]


Overview of Tequila Works video games
Year Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
2012 Deadlight Action-adventure, puzzle Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Tequila Works Microsoft Studios
2017 The Sexy Brutale Adventure, puzzle Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Cavalier Game Studios, Tequila Works Tequila Works
Rime Adventure, platform Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Tequila Works Grey Box, Six Foot
The Invisible Hours Adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One GameTrust Games
WonderWorlds Action-adventure iOS Glowmade Tequila Works
2019 Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son Adventure, puzzle PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Tequila Works Sony Pictures VR
2019 Gylt[10] Action-adventure, puzzle Stadia, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S Tequila Works Tequila Works
2023[11] Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story Action-adventure, puzzle Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S Tequila Works Riot Forge


  1. ^ a b Tequila Works [@TequilaWorks] (13 May 2019). "🎉Celebrating 10 Years in Tequila Works!! 🎉 - 70 people - 2 projects in production - 1 in preproduction - 2-3 conceptual stage - 1 Tequila Shot a year Lots of surprises are coming very soon!! Stay tuned #10thanniversary #tequilaanniversary" (Tweet). Retrieved 26 May 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (18 January 2012). "Tequila Works' first title Deadlight slated for XBLA this summer". VG247. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  3. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (16 March 2016). "Tequila Works reacquires the rights to Rime from Sony". VG247. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  4. ^ Purchese, Robert (4 July 2017). "Tequila Works opens up about turbulent development of Rime". Eurogamer. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ Bishop, Sam (30 May 2017). "Tequila Works and GameTrust announce The Invisible Hours". Gamereactor. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  6. ^ Hoggins, Tom (18 May 2017). "Indie spotlight – Cavalier Game Studios: How The Sexy Brutale developers crafted one of the year's best video games next to a 'thoroughly inappropriate' gym". Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  7. ^ Dring, Christopher (31 August 2017). "Tequila Works to publish first game from new UK studio Glowmade". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  8. ^ Stevens, Colin (2 February 2019). "Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son Announced for VR". IGN. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Tencent becomes majority investor in Rime developer Tequila Works".
  10. ^ "Tequila Works Announces Horror Game Gylt". Game Informer.
  11. ^ "Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story". Song of Nunu.

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