Bad Robot Games Launches In-House Development Studio

Michael Booth
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Michael Booth

Former Valve exec Michael Booth will serve as general manager, leading the creative team through its first game and subsequent titles.

Bad Robot Games, the video game division of J.J. Abrams' production company, is launching an in-house game development studio.

Industry veteran Michael Booth will serve as general manager, leading the creative team through its first game and subsequent titles. He will report to Bad Robot Games CEO Anna Sweet, who was appointed in July.

As a former Valve, Blizzard and Electronic Arts/Westwood Studios executive and the founder of video game developer Turtle Rock Studios, Booth has been a project lead for games including first-person shooter CounterStrike: Condition Zero and action, role-playing game Nox. He has also worked on multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2 and strategy game Command & Conquer: Generals.

"My career has been driven by a desire to innovate new ways of bringing people together for epic adventures online, leaving them with exciting stories they can tell their friends afterwards," Booth said in a statement. "The games I create center around people working together to survive and thrive in fantastic worlds, which seems an excellent fit for JJ Abrams' approach to moviemaking. As a huge fan of JJ's work, I'm incredibly excited by the unique opportunity to create something new at Bad Robot Games Studios in collaboration with the world class talent at Bad Robot."

The video game division at Bad Robot was launched in 2018 when the company partnered with Chinese media giant Tencent, with financing from Warner Bros. Interactive, to exclusively develop large and small scale games for mobile, PC and console devices.