Velan Studios

In ancient lore, Velan is the spearbearer.
The holder of the sharp, incisive tip of the spear,
and a person whose vision and ingenuity can lead others to new frontiers.
We are Velan.

Velan Studios is an independent game development studio made up of a diverse team of game industry veterans. Our team members have created, developed, and contributed to many critically acclaimed franchises, such as Guitar Hero, Uncharted, Skylanders, Rock Band, Super Mario Maker, Crash Bandicoot, Metroid Prime, Destiny, and many more.
Our team's mission is simple: Find the magic to create breakthrough game experiences.
We are working on stylish, original IP, as well as building our own technology - including both hardware and software - to bring new forms of play to the gaming community. We are excited to share more information about our projects over the upcoming year!

Who We Are

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.

After an incredible run, it became time for the brothers to go back to their roots and begin a new adventure.  

Velan Studios was founded in 2016 with a simple mission: Find the magic to create breakthrough game experiences. To take bold creative risks like we’ve never done before requires us to build an awesome team that drives their own decisions, follows their passion, and approaches game development in new ways. We are a values-driven studio.

Unconventionally World Class

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.

Respect and Responsibility

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.

Stay Curious

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 of Makers and Players

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.

Local and Global Impact

Velan Studios is located in Troy, NY; part of the beautiful Capital Region in Upstate New York. The Capital District is a growing tech & creative hub with a thriving video game development scene. Troy’s historic downtown is comprised of renovated historic buildings, full of new energy, making it a great city to live, work and play in. As a dynamic, mid-metro area, the larger 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.

We are active members of the local game, arts, and educational community, helping to grow one of the East Coast’s largest game dev clusters of world class developers.

We are hiring

We are working on stylish original IP with new forms of gameplay you’ve never seen before in video games. We are designing our own hardware in addition to building a modern, unconventional game engine. Velan is a small team going after multiple, bold creative new ideas. Many of us have done the large, AAA development thing for decades. But we think with a seasoned and scrappy team, we can do things differently - so every member of the team has a creative voice. If this sounds like the right environment for you, we want to hear from you! Check back regularly, our open positions will be updated frequently.


Deeply Curious Programmer

We make games and related stuff. We have two requirements for all our programmers: fluency in C/C++ and deep curiosity. We are looking for candidates that demonstrate a pattern of persistent and self-motivated exploration. Is that you?

Senior Graphics Programmer

We want all our games to have a unique and compelling visual style. We are looking for experienced graphics programmers to write the tech to make that happen.


We are looking for an experienced Producer to support the production of a new title in development at Velan Studios.

QA Tester

We are looking for an experienced QA tester.

Lead Artist

Lead a team who makes fun look AMAZING!

Community Manager

We are looking for an experienced Community Manager to connect with our players!

Lead Programmer

We are looking for a seasoned coach/mentor to fill a dual role programming AND leading a team of talented "deeply curious programmers"!

Feel free to contact us