Amazon Games expands publishing portfolio following record-breaking launch of Lost Ark, highest-played MMORPG of all time on Steam
SEATTLE—June 2, 2022—Amazon Games today announced a new publishing agreement with Disruptive Games, an independent game studio based in Berkeley, California. Amazon Games will publish Disruptive Games’ upcoming online multiplayer action-adventure game based on a new IP. Details on the multiplatform title, built for both cooperative and competitive play, will be revealed at a later date.
This publishing agreement follows Amazon Games’ successful launches of New World and Lost Ark, and marks its further expansion into publishing games developed by talented external studios. Lost Ark, Amazon Games’ first externally developed title, topped Steam and Twitch charts at release, and has reached more than 10 million players since launching in February 2022. Amazon Games also has multiple unannounced projects in development, both at its internal studios and with other external developers including Glowmade, an independent studio based in Guildford, England.
“At Amazon Games, we’re focused on developing and publishing high-quality games that foster strong communities and keep people playing for years to come,” said Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Games. “We’re accomplishing this by creating our own IPs and selectively publishing external projects from stellar teams like Disruptive Games. The talented team at Disruptive Games is creating a fresh take on the multiplayer action-adventure genre, with strong game design and rich world-building that we’re excited to help bring to players.”
Disruptive Games is known for its work on titles including Diablo II: Resurrected, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, and Godfall. The studio is focused on multiplayer-first gaming experiences that immerse players in living worlds. CEO and founder Eric Ellis led the multiplayer department at Insomniac Games before founding Disruptive Games to create games that center on player interactions and push the boundaries of connected gameplay.
“Together with Amazon Games, we are looking forward to building an online experience that kindles creativity and fosters positive social interactions,” said Ellis. “The Amazon Games team has embraced our vision for this game and the community it can build. Their enthusiasm for the project and dedication to creating great games made publishing with them a natural choice for us. With their world-class publishing support, already demonstrated by the wildly successful launches of New World and Lost Ark, we’re well on our way to bringing this project to players.”
Disruptive Games is looking for talented and creative individuals who aren’t afraid to challenge the rules of game design and development to join the team and help bring this new title to life. The studio has embraced a collaborative, fully remote work style, and places a high value on maintaining a positive, healthy culture. Current openings for fully remote positions include Sr. UI/UX Designer, Sr. Game Designer, and Sr. Product Manager, Live Ops. To learn more about working at Disruptive Games, browse open positions on Disruptive Games’ Job Listings Page.
For more information about the upcoming title, keep an eye on @AMZNGameStudios and @disruptivegames.
About Amazon Games
At Amazon Games, our ambition is to create bold new experiences that foster community in and around our games. Our team of game industry veterans is building within the sandbox of Prime Gaming, Twitch, Amazon retail, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and more to push boundaries and deliver captivating experiences to our players. Amazon Games is developing AAA multiplayer games based on original IPs, including New World, with our studios and teams in Seattle, Orange County, San Diego, and Montreal. Amazon Games also publishes best-in-class third party games, leading with Lost Ark from Smilegate RPG.
About Disruptive Games
Disruptive Games is an independent game development studio founded by industry veterans who have worked on some of the most recognizable and renowned games in the world. Our team is dedicated to making games that deliver a more meaningful, positive, and fun online experience.