Based in Brisbane, Australia
Jul 2, 2012
Press / Business contact:
Greenheart Games Pty. Ltd.
24 Dobell St.
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Greenheart Games is a studio based in Brisbane, Australia, that was founded by brothers Patrick and Daniel Klug in 2012. It is now a small indie team working remotely from all over the world, gathered around the belief that games need to be more than thinly-disguised slot machines optimized solely to generate profit.
After releasing Game Dev Tycoon in 2012 on the Windows Store (becoming the first simulation game available on the platform), and porting it to PC, Mac and Linux, Greenheart Games gained worldwide attention for their piracy experiment: players who pirated Game Dev Tycoon quickly went bankrupt in-game due to piracy rates, and asked for DRM and other anti-piracy measures to be added to the gameplay. The media and the public quickly picked up on the irony of the situation, which re-ignited a debate on piracy in games. Greenheart Games then spent its energy updating the game based on player feedback and brought the updated game to Steam to an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
In 2016, Greenheart Games announced Tavern Keeper, a fantasy tavern simulator that aims to combine tycoon/sim/management gameplay with a fun setting.
In October 2017, Greenheart Games announced an upcoming iOS and Android port, along with an update to the PC version, adding in new content - particularly the “pirate mode” as a new challenge, new game topics and an updated storyline.
In October 2020, Game Dev Tycoon was released on Nintendo Switch alongside with cross-platform save support on all existing platforms.
Game Dev Tycoon (2012 Microsoft promo) YouTube
IGN News reporting our piracy experiment YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Game Dev Tycoon" - We don't apply for industry awards and to our knowledge no award was given to us. Being in the Top 100 best rated games on Steam of all time for five years running on our very first game was pretty cool though! - Thanks players!
- "Tavern Keeper" - We showed an alpha version of Tavern Keeper at E3 and received the Editor's Choice Awards from Eurogamer which we are pretty stoked about.
What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? greenheartgames.com.
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CEO, Co-Founder, Developer