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Yacht Club Games 2016
Yacht Club Games circa 2016

Yacht Club Games is an American independent video game development studio and publisher that was founded in 2011 by former WayForward Technologies employee Sean Velasco. The inspiration behind forming Yacht Club Games started by former WayForward Technologies employees Nick Wozniak and Sean Velasco discussing older style video games that they grew up with.

The conversation evolved into discussion around creating their own game in the style of the Nintendo Entertainment System and eventually the down thrust move from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was brought up as a move that both designers liked. They both thought that the move would be better suited with a shovel opposed to a sword, and the idea of Shovel Knight was born.

With the concept of Shovel Knight, the work to form Yacht Club Games began. The first year of work after Yacht Club Games was officially formed in 2011 was to flush out the concept for their Shovel Knight idea by creating artwork, stages, character designs, etc. in order to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of the game.

Shovel Knight was announced on March 17, 2013 alongside the launch of their Kickstarter campaign with the goal to reach a minimum of $75,000 for the development of the game. The campaign was extremely successful reaching their goal in late March and went on to collect a total of $311,502, fulfilling all stretch goals that were set by Yacht Club Games. The additional stretch goals included a four-player battle mode, a mission-based challenge mode, an additional mode that swaps all the characters’ genders and additional playable story campaigns for three boss characters.

Yacht Club Games 2018
Yacht Club Games circa 2018

Following the successful Kickstarter campaign, the game was released for PC, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in June 2014. The game was ported to OS X and Linux in September 2014 followed by the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One in April 2015 then finally to the Nintendo Switch in March 2017. The success of Shovel Knight allowed Yacht Club Games to branch out and expand to offer publishing services. In 2016, the company announced that it would start publishing games from other companies, and that their first published game would be Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.

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Yacht Club Games

TypePrivately Owned
LocationMarina del Rey, CA
United States
DeveloperYacht Club Games
Founded2011
Number of EmployeesApproximately 20
FoundersSean Velasco
WebsiteYacht Club Games

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YearBoxTitlePlatformGenrePublisher
2014Shovel Knight - Shovel of Hope Wii UShovel Knight: Shovel of HopeNintendo 3DS
Wii U
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
PC
PlatformerYacht Club Games
2015Shovel Knight - Plague of ShadowsShovel Knight: Plague of ShadowsNintendo 3DS
Wii U
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
PC
PlatformerYacht Club Games
2017Shovel Knight - Specter of TormentShovel Knight: Specter of TormentNintendo 3DS
Wii U
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
PC
PlatformerYacht Club Games
2019Shovel Knight - King of CardsShovel Knight: King of CardsNintendo 3DS
Wii U
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
PC
PlatformerYacht Club Games
2019Shovel Knight ShowdownShovel Knight ShowdownWii U
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
FightingYacht Club Games
2019Shovel Knight - Treasure TroveShovel Knight: Treasure TroveNintendo Swtich
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
CompilationYacht Club Games

YearBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperGenre
2016Azure Striker Gunvolt - Striker Pack BoxAzure Striker Gunvolt: Striker PackNintendo 3DSInti CreatesAction-Platformer
2020Cyber Shadow LogoCyber ShadowNintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Mechanical Head StudiosAction-Platformer
2021Shovel Knight DigShovel Knight DigNintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
NitromeDungeon Crawler
Roguelite
Platformer
TBAShovel Knight - Pocket Dungeon LogoShovel Knight Pocket DungeonTBAVineDungeon Crawler
Puzzle

ProfileNameRoleTenure
Sean VelascoSean VelascoDesigner
Director
Founder
2013-Present
Nick WozniakNick WozniakArtist2013-Present
David D'AngeloDavid D'AngeloProgrammer2013-Present
Ian FloodIan FloodProgrammer2013-Present
Profile PlaceholderMorgan GuyerIllustrator2014-Present
Michael HerbsterMichael HerbsterLevel Designer2014-Present
Profile PlaceholderKenneth BlossomDeveloper2013-Present
Erin Pellon 2Erin PellonArtist2013-2014
Profile PlaceholderShane CalimlimProgammer2015-Present
Shannon HatakedaShannon HatakedaOperations Manager2015-Present
Michael AilshieMichael AilshieMarketing & Community Coordinator2019-Present
James ChanJames ChanChief Operating Officer2017-2020