In 1991, brothers Guha and Karthik Bala formed their first game development company, Vicarious Visions. Over the next 25 years they took the studio from out of their basement and to the forefront of AAA game development by developing and growing multi-billion dollar franchises such as Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk and more.
The brothers sold Vicarious Visions to Activision in 2005 and continued to lead the studio as it grew and made many critically-acclaimed, successful games. After an incredible run, it became time for the brothers to begin a new adventure.
Velan Studios was founded in 2016 with a mission to create breakthrough experimental games and new kinds of experiences that push the frontier of gaming forward.
We create breakthrough games by building on our expertise and challenging conventions. We are scrappy; solving problems and building new experiences in audacious new ways.
We believe in respecting the player. Our players' time is valuable and we are honored that they choose to spend part of it with us. We respect our team members around us to make the right choices at every level.
Curiosity drives us and our experiences. We find energy in new ideas and approaches, and in team members that inspire us to do more. We cultivate an environment that encourages experimentation and rigor.
Community is a way to get things done. We seek to engage our community wherever we can in building great games. It is a springboard for innovation. It is a well of talent. And a means of finding an audience for new game experiences.
Velan Studios is located in Troy, NY; part of the beautiful Capital Region in Upstate New York. The Capital District is a growing technological & creative hub with a thriving video game development scene. As a dynamic, small metropolitan area, the Capital Region is a great place to live, raise a family, and experience the great range of city and nature that New York State has to offer. Troy is a short train ride from both New York City and Boston, and a quick drive to the Berkshire Mountains, the Adirondacks and the beautiful countryside of Vermont. The Capital Region offers both urban and country living within minutes from the Velan Studios offices.
We are active members of the local game and educational community. Whether it's sponsoring hackathons, teaching game development classes at RPI, or attending local IGDA events, we are deeply involved in making the Capital Region a burgeoning home of developers.
We are building world class experimental games and new kinds of experiences. We can't reveal exactly what we're doing yet, but it's pretty awesome. If you want to be part of our growing team of amazing developers, we want to hear from you. Check back regularly, our open positions will be updated frequently.