With the recent success of Pokémon Go, it got us thinking about the Czech Republic’s own gaming industry.
The Czech Republic has a rich history of video game production which dates back to the 1970’s and the days of Czechoslovakia. Initially, games were largely text based and the popularity of this medium endured into the early 90’s when full graphic games became the norm.
Some of the most famous games to come from the Czech Republic include the Mafia games, the Truck Simulator series and Operation Flashpoint and the ArmA series which followed it.
These days, the future of the once struggling video game industry is looker brighter with programs introduced by the Ministry of Trade to support of the industry.
Here are 4 of the most well known and innovative video game studios in the Czech Republic.
2K Czech (previously Illusion Softworks) is a Czech video game studio responsible for some of the Czech Republic’s most well known exports, including Top Spin, Hidden and Dangerous, Vietcong and the previously mentioned Mafia series, a third person shooter game set in 1930’s America that was available on Windows, Xbox and PlayStation 2.
Based in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second city, 2K Czech focuses mainly on first and second person shooter games. It was acquired by Take-Two Interactive in 2007 and currently has around 200 employees.
Founded in 1999, Bohemia Interactive is responsible for arguably the Czech Republic’s most famous video game export; tactical shooter and battlefield simulator Operation Flashpoint: Worldwide Crisis, released back in 2001. Since then, Bohemia Interactive has also released the ARMA series, another tactical shooter that has also been released on Android and iOS.
Bohemia Interactive are based in Prague and employ over 200 employees. Their CEO is Marek Španěl.
Amanita Design is a small, independent video game developer based in Brno which achieved worldwide success first Samorost 2 and then later with point-and-click game, Machinarium in 2009.
Machinarium is suitably Czech in its conception, the main character is named Josef Čapek, the after the creator of the word ‘robot’ and much of the game’s movement is influenced by Czech puppetry traditions.
Amanita Design was founded in 2003 by Jakub Dvorský and employs around 20 people.
SCS Software are a Prague based games developer which specialise in simulation games mainly for Microsoft Windows, Linux and OS X. SCS Software’s most popular releases include the 18 Wheels of Steel and Truck Simulator Series as well as Bus Driver, the latter was released on Android in 2014.
SCS’s most recent release was American Truck Simulator which came out for Windows, Linux and OS X in February of this year.
Hopefully in the years to come, we’ll see more innovative and market leading games coming out of the Czech Republic. If you think we’ve missed a company or an especially great game, get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.