HB Studios Multimedia Limited
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedJuly 2000; 21 years ago (2000-07)
Headquarters,
Canada
Key people
  • James Seaboyer (CEO)
  • Craig Heffler (CFO)
  • Dave McFarland (CTO)
Parent2K (2021–present)
Websitehb-studios.com

HB Studios Multimedia Limited is a Canadian video game developer based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It is best known for its rugby and cricket games.

History

HB Studios was founded in early July 2000 by Jeremy Wellard in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.[1] The company started with nine employees and developed Cricket 2002 for Electronic Arts.[2] The studio entered a multi-project deal with EA Canada in 2004 to continue developing sports games for the EA Sports label, including further games in the Rugby and Cricket series, FIFA Street 2 for the PlayStation Portable as well as co-development on Madden 07 for the Wii. This exclusivity deal ended in 2007.[3]

In 2008, HB Studios opened a second studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the time, the company had 130 employees.[4] The Halifax studio was closed at the end of July 2012 with all development moved to the headquarters in Lunenberg. The last games developed by the satellite studio were NBA Baller Beats for Xbox 360 and Medal Bound for iOS.[5] A publishing label, HB Arcade, was formed in 2009 with the goal of self-publishing downloadable titles on WiiWare, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. Games released under this label included HB Arcade Cards and HB Arcade Disc Golf, both for WiiWare, as well as Jam Space for DSiWare.[6]

Wellard stepped down as president of the company in February 2015 and was to be replaced by Alan Bunker, the chief operating officer.[7] In August 2018, 2K Sports took over the publishing of The Golf Club 2019 featuring PGA Tour which was released on August 28, 2018.[8] Bunker departed the company in November 2019, with James Seaboyer taking over as chief executive officer. Dave McFarland, previously the technical director, became the chief technology officer, while Craig Heffler remained the chief financial officer.[9]

HB Studios was acquired by 2K in March 2021 and will continue to work on PGA Tour games. 2K also secured a long-term contract with Tiger Woods to use his likeness for these games as well as to serve as executive producer and consultant for the series.[10]

Games developed

List of games developed by HB Studios
Year Title Publisher Platform
2001 Cricket 2002 EA Sports Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
2003 Cricket 2004
Rugby 2004
2005 Rugby 2005 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Cricket 2005
2006 FIFA Street 2 PlayStation Portable
Rugby 06 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Madden NFL 07 Wii
2007 Cricket 07 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
NBA Live 08 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
Rugby 08 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
NHL 08
2008 Big Beach Sports THQ Wii
FIFA 09 EA Sports Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
NBA Live 09 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
NHL 09 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
2009 Rock Revolution Konami Nintendo DS, Wii
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 EA Sports PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
Football Academy Nintendo DS
HB Arcade Cards HB Arcade Wii
FIFA 10 EA Sports Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
NBA Live 10 PlayStation Portable
2010 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa PlayStation Portable, Wii
FIFA 11 Ultimate Team PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers GT Interactive Microsoft Windows, Wii, Xbox 360
FIFA 11 EA Sports Android, iOS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
HB Arcade Disc Golf HB Arcade Wii
Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush GT Interactive Microsoft Windows, Wii, Xbox 360
HB Arcade Jam Space HB Arcade Nintendo DSi
2011 Rugby World Cup 2011 505 Games PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Fight Night Champion EA Sports iOS
Madden NFL 12 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
HB Rugby: Fixture Challenge HB Studios iOS
2012 FIFA 12 EA Sports Wii
Medal Bound HB Studios iOS
NBA Baller Beats Majesco Entertainment Xbox 360
Madden NFL 13 EA Sports PlayStation Vita, Wii
Maze Adventures HB Studios iOS
Ace Geographer: Canada
2013 MLB.com Home Run Derby MLB.com Android, iOS
MLB.com Franchise MVP
2014 MLB.com Home Run Derby 2014
The Golf Club HB Studios Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Rugby 15 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Rugby World Cup 2015
RBI Baseball 2015 MLB Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2016 Mark McMorris Infinite Air Maximum Games Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
RBI Baseball 2016 MLB Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 The Golf Club VR HB Studios Microsoft Windows
The Golf Club 2 Maximum Games Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 The Golf Club 2019 featuring PGA Tour 2K Sports
2020 PGA Tour 2K21 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One

References

  1. ^ Caie, Martin (24 November 2017). "HB Studios announces new studio". Gameplanet. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ "ACOA Website – News – News Releases". Mediaroom.acoa-apeca.gc.ca. 2007-03-23. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  3. ^ "ITNovaScotia.com – Where IT's at in Nova Scotia > News – East Coast video games firm expands beyond exclusive ties with industry giant". Archived from the original on 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  4. ^ "About HB Studios". Archived from the original on 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  5. ^ "'NBA Baller Beats' developer closing Halifax studio". 25 July 2012.
  6. ^ "HB Studios". HB Arcade. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  7. ^ "HB Studios announces CEO's retirement".
  8. ^ "2K Hits the Links as Publisher of the Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA TOUR®". 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ "History – HB Studios".
  10. ^ Fahey, Mike (March 16, 2021). "2K Signs Tiger Woods, Buys The Studio Behind PGA Tour 2K21". Kotaku. Retrieved March 16, 2021.