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Treyarch Corporation
FormerlyTreyarch Invention LLC (1996–2001)
IndustryVideo games
Founded1996; 26 years ago (1996)
  • Peter Akemann
  • Doğan Köslü
Key people
  • Mark Lamia (chairman)
  • David Vonderhaar (studio design director)
  • Craig Houston (lead writer)
  • Brian Tuey (audio director and composer)
ProductsCall of Duty series (2005–present)
Number of employees
200[1] (2010)
ParentActivision (2001–present)

Treyarch Corporation (/ˈtrɑːrk/ TRAY-ark;[2] formerly Treyarch Invention LLC) is an American video game developer based in Santa Monica, California. Founded in 1996 by Peter Akemann and Doğan Köslü, it was acquired by Activision in 2001. The studio is known for its work for the Call of Duty series, which it develops alongside Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software.


Treyarch was founded in 1996 as Treyarch Inventions and was acquired by Activision in 2001. In 2005, Gray Matter Studios was merged into Treyarch.[3][4]

As part of the 2007 Leipzig Games Convention, Activision announced that Treyarch would be one of three developers behind their first James Bond based game, 007: Quantum of Solace. The game was released on October 31, 2008 in Europe and November 4, 2008 in North America. Vicarious Visions developed the Nintendo DS version and Eurocom developed the PlayStation 2 version. Treyarch is a major developer in the Call of Duty series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II held the record for the largest entertainment launch in history in any form of entertainment, breaking the record within 24 hours of its release until it was surpassed by Grand Theft Auto V.[5] Sales from the game worldwide reached US$650 million within five days after its release.[6] Treyarch worked on the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, in order to optimize it for the console.[7] Treyarch's latest video game is Call of Duty: Vanguard, which was developed with Sledgehammer Games. The game was released on November 5, 2021

Dan Bunting, who had been co-lead of Treyarch since around 2003, was named in an investigative report by The Wall Street Journal related to the lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard by the state of California over workplace misconduct and discrimination. Bunting had reportedly mistreated an employee in 2017, but was kept on by Activision Blizzard's CEO, Bobby Kotick. After the Wall Street Journal began their investigation, Bunting was let go.[8]

Games developed[edit]

Year Game Platform(s) Note(s)
1998 Olympic Hockey '98 Nintendo 64
Die by the Sword Microsoft Windows
Die by the Sword: Limb from Limb
1999 Triple Play 2000 Nintendo 64[9]
2000 Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm Dreamcast
Spider-Man Dreamcast Developed the Dreamcast version of the award-winning Neversoft Spider-Man game for PlayStation, PC, and N64.
Triple Play 2001 PlayStation
Max Steel: Covert Missions Dreamcast
2001 Triple Play Baseball Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x Xbox
2002 NHL 2K2 Dreamcast
Spider-Man GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox Loosely based on Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, released by Columbia Pictures in 2002
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
Minority Report: Everybody Runs
2004 Spider-Man 2 Loosely based on Sam Raimi's film, released by Columbia Pictures in 2004
2005 Ultimate Spider-Man
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
2006 Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360
2007 Spider-Man 3 Loosely based on the film, available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, macOS, OS X Co-developed with Vicarious Visions, Beenox & Feral Interactive
2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
007: Quantum of Solace PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Call of Duty: World at War Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One[10]
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
2020 Call of Duty: Warzone Co-developed with Infinity Ward & Raven Software
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Co-developed with Raven Software
2021 Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies mode


Year Game Platform(s) Developer(s)
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Dreamcast Neversoft
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
2001 Spider-Man
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex Wii Infinity Ward
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2013 Call of Duty: Ghosts Wii U


  1. ^ Pham, Alex (November 9, 2010). "Call of Duty: Black Ops launches Tuesday; Will it measure up?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  2. ^ "Work at Treyarch: Production". YouTube. June 26, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2022.
  3. ^ "Gray Matter Studios Games". IGN. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Peel, Jeremy (February 15, 2021). "How Treyarch escaped Infinity Ward's shadow". PC Gamer. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  5. ^ The Associated Press (November 11, 2010). "CBC News – Technology & Science – Call of Duty breaks sales record". CBC. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Staff Writer (November 18, 2010). "Call of Duty Black Ops Sales Hit $650M". socalTECH. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  7. ^ McElroy, Griffin (July 25, 2013). "Call of Duty: Ghosts confirmed for Wii U launch on Nov. 5 (update)". Polygon. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  8. ^ Grind, Kirsten; Fritz, Ben; Needleman, Sarah E. (November 16, 2021). "Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Knew for Years About Sexual-Misconduct Allegations at Videogame Giant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "EA SPORTS - Triple Play 2000". Archived from the original on April 14, 2001. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  10. ^ Robinson, Martin (April 26, 2015). "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PC requirements revealed". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 28, 2015.

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