Velan Studios

In ancient lore, Velan is the spearbearer.
The holder of the sharp, incisive tip of the spear, and a person whose vision and ingenuity can lead others to new frontiers.
We are Velan.

Velan Studios is a new development studio made up of a diverse team of game industry veterans. We have created hundreds of games, selling millions of copies over the past 25 years.
Our team is embarking on a mission to create innovative game experiences that will stoke the imagination and entertain. Our experience inspires us to be scrappy, respect our players, and stay curious.

Who We Are

In 1991, brothers Guha and Karthik Bala formed their first game development company, Vicarious Visions. Over the next 25 years they took the studio from out of their basement and to the forefront of AAA game development by developing and growing multi-billion dollar franchises such as Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk and more.

The brothers sold Vicarious Visions to Activision in 2005 and continued to lead the studio as it grew and made many critically-acclaimed, successful games. After an incredible run, it became time for the brothers to begin a new adventure.

Velan Studios is embarking on a new journey to create breakthrough experimental games and new kinds of experiences that push the frontier of gaming forward.

Unconventionally World Class

We create breakthrough games by building on our expertise and challenging conventions. We are scrappy; solving problems and building new experiences in audacious new ways.

Respect and Responsibility

We believe in respecting the player. Our players' time is valuable and we are honored that they choose to spend part of it with us.  We respect our team members around us to make the right choices at every level.

Stay Curious

Curiosity drives us and our experiences. We find energy in new ideas and approaches, and in team members that inspire us to do more. We cultivate an environment that encourages experimentation and rigor.

Community of Makers and Players

Community is a way to get things done. We seek to engage our community wherever we can in building great games. It is a springboard for innovation. It is a well of talent. And a means of finding an audience for new game experiences.

Local and Global Impact

Velan Studios is located in Troy, NY; part of the beautiful Capital Region in Upstate New York. The Capital District is a growing technological & creative hub with a thriving video game development & maker scene. As a dynamic, small metropolitan area, the Capital Region is a great place to live, raise a family, and experience the great range of city and nature that New York State has to offer. Troy is a short train ride from both New York City and Boston, and a quick drive to the Berkshire Mountains, the Adirondacks and the beautiful countryside of Vermont. The Capital Region offers both urban and country living within minutes from the Velan Studios offices.

We are active members of the local game and educational community. Whether it's sponsoring hackathons, teaching game development classes at RPI, or attending local IGDA events, we are deeply involved in making the Capital Region a burgeoning home of developers.

We are hiring

We are building world class experimental games and new kinds of experiences. We can’t reveal exactly what we’re doing yet, but it’s pretty awesome. We have filled our originally posted Software Engineer and Gameplay Prototyper positions. But if you want to be part of our growing team of amazing developers, we want to hear from you. Check back regularly, our open positions will be updated frequently.


Core Engine Programmer

We are building the game engine and toolchain to power our future. Our ideal candidate has a deep understanding of at least one area of game engine design, a broad understanding of game engine and tools architecture, and has shipped multiple titles.

Hardware Prototyper

Know your way around a laser cutter, an Arduino board, and code? Velan Studios, an independent game developer, is looking for hackers, makers, and engineers with truly "full stack" experience to create magic through a mix of hardware and software.

Physics for Fun and Profit Programmer

We feel that physics is an underutilized tool in a game designer’s toolbox, and we want you to change that.

Graphics Engine Programmer

We are prototyping exciting new game experiences, with placeholder artwork. Join our team and help us figure out what our first game should look like. We are looking for experienced graphics programmers to collaborate closely with our artists to create a colorful and bright future.

Network Engine Programmer

We are working to bring new types of game experiences online. Our team is looking for creative programmers with experience building the systems that enable gameplay over the Internet.

Feel free to contact us