Tater Games began as a simple discussion between two game developers. “There is so much creativity and talent in this industry but all too often the creative spark gets trampled by the demands of production,” one said. Talk of famous studios, renowned for incorporating creativity, inspired the pair to build a new kind of game studio, a place where creativity and innovation would be paramount. “If we could free our creatives from unnecessary constraint,” said the other, “the games they make would surely be better.” Keeping teams as small and as connected as possible and inverting or flattening hierarchy would allow creativity and innovation to flourish in the very heart of Tater Games. Something was still missing, something often lacking in the industry. Ownership. Passionate creators often feel a personal connection to their creation. You sweat and toil and sometimes even bleed for your creation. “No disconnected board of directors or investors calling shots; our creatives should have that voice,” said the pair. With open access to analytics and data, game creators could be involved in making important calls for their games. Also, rewarding creators with revenue shares would drive them to make more financially sound decisions. With creativity, innovation and the concept of collective ownership written in our DNA, Tater Games is now more than just a concept. We have fifteen creators working out of our new office in Bratislava, Slovakia. The production of our first title is well underway, with the launch scheduled in the fall of 2019.
Derived from the self-effacing potato often found in memes, especially in creative communities (see also derpy potato and ugly potato). The Tater reminds us to continuously improve while remaining happy and humble. We aspire to become the most creative and inspiring game studio we can be. All of us work together to create a space of infinite possibility. By supporting and encouraging innovation and exploration we are able to make more meaningful games. We are taters. Every single one of us, from the freshest of interns to our game industry veterans. Our culture is one of openness and mutual support. We all have great ideas and passion. We all shape the future of Tater Games. We are gamers, creatives, dreamers and skilled artisans ever dedicated to honing our craft.