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.
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 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 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.