Chicago-based indie studio Jellyvision Games, developer of the You Don't Know Jack series of trivia titles, is now called Jackbox Games, the rebranded company announced today.
"The rebranding of our studio represents the completion of an evolution," said Mike Bilder, the studio's general manager, in a press release announcing its new name. "Today, Jackbox Games not only has the creative and technical resources to make great games, but we're seizing on the opportunity presented by new-generation platforms to bring more games to market ourselves — however and wherever they best fit."
Jellyvision was originally founded in 1989 as Learn Television, a production company for children's films. The company partnered with Berkeley Systems for the original You Don't Know Jack, which launched in September 1995 on Windows PC. The following year, Learn Television was renamed Jellyvision.
Between then and 2012, Jellyvision developed and published numerous You Don't Know Jack games on PC, Mac, consoles, iOS and Facebook, along with other related titles such as the original Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? game for Disney Interactive in 1999. In 2002, the company created an internal interactive advertising division, The Jellyvision Lab, and in 2011, it spun off Jellyvision Games into a separate branch.
Jellyvision launched its first new IP this past spring with the iOS game Lie Swatter. Jackbox is now porting the iOS version of You Don't Know Jack to Android, and the makers of the Android-powered Ouya console announced that an Ouya entry in the trivia franchise will be available June 11. Jackbox is also working on two other products for mobile devices that are set to be released this year: Word Puttz and a photo app called Clone Booth.
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