Based in Eugene, Oregon
Press / Business contact:
44 W. Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401
+1 (541) 870-5080
Oreganik, LLC is a digital game studio and consultancy based out of Eugene, Oregon.
Oreganik, LLC was founded by Ted Brown, a professional game designer with credits on games in the Tony Hawk and Tomb Raider franchises, among others. He started Oreganik to make Chess Heroes, a 3D strategy title that injected modern game design motifs into the game of chess. Ted handled all of the code and art, and it was warmly received at numerous events in 2013, but the project was shelved at the end of the year. It was too big for one person to do it justice.Growth
In the years since the first demo was released, Ted has focused on building both his consulting business and a vibrant ecosystem of local game developers. He co-founded Bitforest, a loose collective that holds social gatherings and game jams on a regular basis. He joined the board of the Oregon Games Organization, a non-profit group promoting game development in Oregon. Finally, he founded Indie Game Con -- now in its third year -- a non-profit event that puts creator-owned games in front of mainstream audiences. This combination of capital inflow and talent development allowed Chess Heroes to take on new life in 2015.Change
Chess Heroes has shifted from a playful design experiment to a project with a mission: making chess accessible to kids and adults. Billing itself as "The World's Best Chess Game... For Beginners!", its colorful aesthetic and animated pieces make it an attractive alternative to the hyper-real simulators and fantasy-filled reskins available today. Through modern game design techniques, it aims to make learning chess just as fun as playing it with other people. It has a Kickstarter campaign launching on September 1st, with the ultimate goal of getting enough money to finish the game and, importantly, make it available to schools... for free.
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Awards & Recognition
- "Hang in there!" - Kitty Cat Poster Collective, Hamburg, Germany, 1983
Indie Game Con
Putting creator-owned games in front of mainstream audiences. November 11-13, 2016. Learn more at http://www.indiegamecon.com.
A vibrant and growing community of game developers in Eugene, Oregon. Find us at http://www.bitforest.co.
Oregon Games Organization
Promoting game development in Oregon. Learn more here: techoregon.org.
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