Factsheet

Developer:
Funktronic Labs
Based in Pasadena, California

Founding date:
July 18, 2013

Website:
funktroniclabs.com

Press / Business Contact:
press@funktroniclabs.com

Social:
twitter.com/funktroniclabs
facebook.com/funklabs
discord.gg/funktroniclab
instagram.com/funktroniclabs

Releases:
Lotus
Starbear-taxi
Collider
Wavebreak
Nova-111
Kyoto
Cosmictrip
Fujii

Address:
77 N. Mentor Ave (Suite #201)
Pasadena, CA 91107

Phone:
626-714-7717

Description

A game studio forming playful connections between humans and technology. Focusing on games, VR/AR and other interactive media.

History

Brief History

Funktronic Labs was founded by Eddie Lee and Kalin Houston, the core developers of the famous PixelJunk series (Q-Games). The studio has been in existence since 2013, where they originally formed in Kyoto, Japan and eventually relocated to sunny Los Angeles. The studio focuses on delivering high-quality and creative interactive experiences, and has shipped several critically acclaimed titles such as Cosmic Trip (VR) and Nova-111 (PC/Consoles). To see a list of our works, please visit us here.

Previous Clients

Beyond creating original IP, Funktronic Labs has also done creative work for clients includinbg Google, Intel, Samsung, Oculus, HTC, Unity, Lenovo, MiraLabs, Magic Leap and Leap Motion.

About the Founder: Eddie Lee

Funktronic Labs is headed by Eddie Lee, a former programmer of the Japanese game studio Q-Games, where he worked on the PixelJunk™ series as well as other internal projects. During his time there, he helped develop the IGF Nominated (2013) "PixelJunk™ 4am" as well as the upcoming "PixelJunk™ Inc". Beyond video games, Eddie is also involved with the demoscene as well as the digital arts scene. Some of his work has been shown at various art exhibitions around the world, including the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GATFA) in San Francisco, Gates Foundation in Seattle, and Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland. He won 1st place at the Tokyo Demofest Competition (2013) with his demo "Artifacts", which was subsequently included in the "Real-Time Live" demoscene real at SIGGRAPH. Recently, he was involved in an audiovisual performance at TEDxChiyoda, called "SIGMA", and was also awarded the "Best Art Award" at the Sense of Wonder Night 2013 event at Tokyo Game Show for the game "Kyoto".

About the Co-Founder: Kalin

kalin likes to make video games. He enjoys experimenting with novel gameplay mechanics, and making highly polished gameplay experiences with an emphasis on user input that feels good. With over decade of industry experience, he has dabbled in most parts of game development, from systems and graphics code, to gameplay, user interface and database work. Starting with work on various MMO projects, his more recent work includes multiple titles in the PixelJunk series at Q-Games, and assorted system work for PlayStation and other next-gen console projects.

Projects


Videos

Developer Stories: Funktronic Labs YouTube

Funktronic Labs Studio Profile Vimeo

Cosmic Trip (VR) - Launch Trailer YouTube

Collider // Trailer YouTube, Vimeo

Creating Virtual Playgrounds with Eddie Lee YouTube, Vimeo

Humanelectro + "∑(SIGMA)" YouTube, Vimeo


Images

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There are far more images available for Funktronic Labs, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Sense of Wonder - Best Art Award" - Tokyo, Japan - 20 September, 2013
  • "Not Games - Main Exhibition" - Köln, Germany - 19 August, 2013
  • "FWA Award" - United Kingdom - 13 August, 2013
  • "Tokyo Demofest - 1st Place" - Tokyo, Japan - 9 February, 2013

Selected Articles

  • "An Arty Oculus Trip Through the Large Hadron Collider"
    - Joseph Flahtery, Wired
  • "Introducing The Human Beat-Box"
    - Lizzie Kurita, Intel's Creators Project
  • "Lotus adds much-needed psychedelia"
    - Chris Priestman, Indie Statik
  • "Indie Fund Now Backing Nova-111"
    - Editor, Indie Fund
  • "Whatever you want to call it, it's beautiful"
    - Lena LeRay, Gamasutra
  • "Dazzling audio-visual experiences"
    - John Polson, IndieGames

Funktronic Official Discord
discord.gg.

Funktronic Labs Publisher Page on Steam
store.steampowered.com.


Team & Repeating Collaborators

Eddie Lee
Founder, Funktronic Labs

kalin
Co-Founder, Funktronic Labs

Eric Fruchter
Engineer, Funktronic Labs

Coty Getzelman
Engineer, Funktronic Labs

Patrick Vince
Artist, Funktronic Labs

Katrina Tan Kit
Technical Artist, Funktronic Labs


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