The Behemoth

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The Behemoth
IndustryInteractive entertainment
FoundedMay 27, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-05-27)
FounderJohn Baez
Dan Paladin
Tom Fulp
Area served
Key people
John Baez (CEO)
Dan Paladin (CFO)
Tom Fulp (secretary)
ProductsAlien Hominid
Castle Crashers
BattleBlock Theater
Pit People
Number of employees
9[1] (2008)

The Behemoth is a video game development company that was created in 2003 by John Baez, artist Dan Paladin, and programmers Tom Fulp, Brandon LaCava, and Nick Dryburgh. Dryburgh and LaCava later left the company. The Behemoth development studio is located in San Diego, California. The company is known for producing simple games with Paladin's signature 2D style.

Their first console game, Alien Hominid, gained critical acclaim by the media and the members of The Behemoth quickly gained status as indie developers focused on bringing old-school styles of video games back into mainstream gaming. Some of the minigames from Alien Hominid were ported to iOS in 2011.

The Behemoth's second game, Castle Crashers, was released August 27, 2008, originally for the Xbox Live Arcade service, eventually re-releasing for the PlayStation 3 on August 31, 2010, and Microsoft Windows/OS X on September 26, 2012. Since its release on Xbox Live Arcade, Castle Crashers has become one of the most downloaded games, with over 2.6 million copies sold as of year-end 2011.[citation needed]

A third title, BattleBlock Theater, was released on April 3, 2013. The Windows, Linux, and macOS versions of BattleBlock Theater were released on Steam on May 15, 2014.

Their latest game, Pit People, is a turn-based strategy game that was released for early access on Steam and was released for Xbox One on January 13, 2017. It was released on March 2, 2018. [2]


Co-founder John Baez in 2018

During August 2002, Tom Fulp and Dan Paladin collaborated in creating the Flash game Alien Hominid for Newgrounds. The game has since become extremely popular and generated over twenty million hits. Later in the year, Paladin was working on developing a console video game when co-worker Baez approached him. He was a fan of Alien Hominid and asked Paladin if he was interested in developing the game for consoles. When Baez offered to produce the game, Fulp and Paladin eventually agreed, recruited LaCava and Dryburgh, and formed The Behemoth in 2003.



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