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Company History

  • Paul Thelen founds Big Fish as a game development studio. Thelen's first game, Critical Mass, releases three months later. Mahjong Towers, the first number one hit, follows in August. Twelve more games appear over the next 14 months
  • Games from external independent developers are distributed on the site
  • Big Fish emerges as a top sales channel for game developers
  • begins offering A New Game Every Day!®
  • Big Fish German-language portal launches
  • Big Fish Studios, the in-house game development team, releases the first game of the award-winning Mystery Case Files® franchise, Mystery Case Files: Huntsville
  • Big Fish Japanese-language portal launches
  • Big Fish implemented its popular subscription Game Club service
  • The Big Fish affiliate program offers a new mechanism to increase value for partners and affiliates
  • Big Fish's French-language portal launches
  • Big Fish launches its Mac portal
  • Big Fish's Spanish-language portal launches
  • Big Fish and Nintendo partner to release Mystery Case Files™: MillionHeir, the first Hidden Object game for the DS platform
  • Big Fish Studios releases first game for iPhone, Hidden Expedition: Everest
  • Big Fish secures an $83.3 million common stock financing from Balderton Capital, General Catalyst Partners, and Salmon River Capital designed for global growth and expansion
  • The company establishes new worldwide corporate headquarters on Seattle's waterfront
  • Big Fish acquires award-winning Grubby Games studio and establishes Vancouver office
  • European Operation Headquarters are established in Cork, Ireland
  • Ian Hurlock-Jones, former CIO of both Fox Interactive Media and, joins as CTO
  • Big Fish launches its first game on the iPad on the day of the device’s release
  • 1 billion downloads milestone reached
  • Big Fish and Woman’s Day announce partnership
  • Big Fish expands to 5 new countries (Italy, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, and Netherlands)
  • Big Fish nominated as “Best Place to Work in Washington”
  • David Stephenson, former VP of Finance for Amazon, joins Big Fish as CFO
  • Big Fish opens Luxembourg European Sales and Marketing Headquarters
  • Big Fish launches first game on Nintendo Wii, Mystery Case Files™: The Malgrave Incident
  • Big Fish launches first games on Android and Kindle Touch
  • 1.5 billion downloads milestone reached
  • Big Fish acquires mobile-social game developer Self Aware Games, creators of hit casino platform Card Ace: Casino, and establishes Oakland, CA office
  • Big Fish launches first free-to-play game, Fairway Solitaire
  • Big Fish becomes a top 5 grossing iPad publisher worldwide
  • Big Fish launches content for Kindle Fire
  • Big Fish launches Big Fish Unlimited
  • Big Fish brings  Free-To-Play games to PC and Mac with Big Fish Casino and Found