Playful is a new game development studio in McKinney, TX. Our team has shipped beloved titles such as Words with Friends, the Age of Empires series, Halo Wars, Orcs Must Die! and Hero Academy. At Playful we are creating games for cutting-edge platforms, next-generation devices, and virtual reality! We are building a world-class team and we need your help. Are you ready to do the best work of your career? Join Playful and together we'll change the world, one game at a time!
Company Growth (employees)
Mc Kinney, US
Size (employees)
63 (est)+7%
Playful was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in McKinney, US

Key People at Playful

Paul Bettner

Paul Bettner

CEO, Founder

Playful Office Locations

Playful has an office in McKinney

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Total Funding

$25 m

Latest funding size

$25 m

Time since last funding

almost 2 years
Playful's latest funding round in October 2015 was reported to be $25 m. In total, Playful has raised $25 m

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Playful News and Updates

Playful’s Paul Bettner is betting on both ‘flat screen games’ and VR

Paul Bettner had a good time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles last week. His McKinney, Texas-based Playful studio debuted two games at E3, Super Lucky’s Tale for the Xbox One and Star Child for Sony’s PlayStation VR. Those games show that Bettner is s…

Playful puppy gets so riled up by tickles, he falls asleep

Being a puppy is very hard work. Everyone knows. As a creature who is expected to look effortlessly cute at all hours of the day or night, and is subject to infinite number of pets and pictures, puppies really do deserve all the naps they randomly lapse into. So when we see Gordo, the puppy …

Creativerse developer Playful welcomes the chance to move beyond the ‘Minecraft clone’ label

Next week is the eighth anniversary of Minecraft’s debut as a prealpha prototype, and its model for gameplay may be more influential now than ever before. So as new games continue rolling out that mimic some of its most popular and familiar elements, it’s time we recognize that this subgenre has mov…

Playful takes on Minecraft with open-world sandbox game Creativerse

Playful is launching its open-world sandbox game Creativerse on May 8 in a move that will bring it into market that Minecraft dominates. The McKinney, Texas-based Playful already has 2.6 million players from the Steam Early Access phase of the building and adventure title. The final version launches…

This 3D artist spent over a year turning computer loading icons into playful animations

3D artist Raphael Vangelis used stop-motion animation on a variety of well-known computer loading icons. His project featured 30 different loading screens, from companies such as Facebook, Spotify, and Google.  It took him over a year to complete his designs, having printed …

How Casper Brings Playfulness To Mattress Shopping

The mattress startup keeps things light-hearted and quirky in the bedroom. The mattress startup keeps things light-hearted and quirky in the bedroom.A Shoppable Playhouse Casper's new showrooms are designed like two-dimensional houses, with furniture, windows, and other homey …
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