GoldFire Studios is a web-based game development studio located in downtown Oklahoma City. We specialize in browser-based, real-time multiplayer games that utilize the latest web technologies such as HTML5, Node.js and MongoDB. Our goal is to turn the web into the ultimate gaming platform by providing truly original gaming experiences for players all over the world. We envision a future of truly social games where community is the focus, and "social" actually means social interactions, not just a connection to a social network.
GoldFire Studios was started in 2002 by James Simpson, the current CEO of the company. James was 14 years old at the time and had just gotten a computer at his home the prior year. His interest in programming, design and business quickly grew as he discovered the wonders that the internet held. James created several websites while in middle school before selling his first game while in 8th grade: Venetopia, a virtual pet game.
James continued working on games and other non-game realted websites throughout high school, building a close community of gamers along the way. Some of the more noteable developments through this time were Apex Web Gaming (game directory), Eternal Kingdoms (browser game sold to Bored.com), NexGenWars (console games counter, helped to fuel the fanboy wars and generated world-wide press coverage), and many other entertainment related websites.
Through most of this time, GoldFire Studios was just an idea, but in 2008 after the successful launch of PokerRPG, GoldFire Studios was officially founded and incorporated in Oklahoma, where it remains today. James was now attending the University of Oklahoma while running a full game development studio in his spare time. During the summer after his freshman year at OU, he began work on the next major development for the company: BC Wars.
PokerRPG and BC Wars remain the flagship games within the GoldFire Studios network. The communities for these games have remained the focus, and they have continued to grow strong over the years. However, as James graduated from Oklahoma with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management in the spring of 2011, he began looking for ways to take things to the next level. So was born the GoldFire Network.
The GoldFire Network began development in the fall of 2011 and launched to the public in March of 2012. It is an ambitious attempt to create a social gaming platform where community and true social interactions are the focus. The platform is built to be cross platform by using cutting edge web technologies like WebSockets, Canvas, Node.js and MongoDB. The GoldFire Network is the new focus for GoldFire Studios as we strive to build unique and engaging games within and around this new gaming platform.
In the summer of 2012, GoldFire Studios received its first seed investment by VentureSpur, the new startup accelerator located right here in Oklahoma City. We are using their resources to help shape our strategy moving forward and to build out our team. Exciting things are in store for GoldFire Studios over the next few months and years to come.