|Subsidiary of NCsoft|
|Austin, Texas, USA, April 2000|
|[[Richard Garriott]], [[Robert Garriott]] and [[Starr Long]]|
|Software & Programming|
Destination Games was a computer game development company created in April 2000 by Richard Garriott, Robert Garriott and Starr Long, following their departure from Origin Systems. ("Destination" is a play on "Origin", the company the Garriotts founded nearly two decades earlier.)
Destination was founded in Austin, Texas to develop massively multiplayer online role-playing games. At E3 2001, Richard Garriott announced a partnership making Destination the United States headquarters of South Korean MMORPG giant NCsoft. As NCsoft Austin, Destination has mainly focused on developing and supporting the North American version of NCsoft's Lineage games.
In 2007 Destination Games released its first game, Tabula Rasa, a sci-fi MMORPG. The game did not sell as well as was hoped, Richard Garriott left NCsoft in 2008, and the game service closed in February 2009. The Destination Games website was taken down when NCsoft moved its United States headquarters from Austin to Seattle—calling it NCsoft West—in 2008.
NCsoft Austin employed five people to run the casual MMOG Dungeon Runners, but announced in 2009 that support for this game will be ending in early 2010 due to low subscription numbers. As of October 2009, NCsoft employs about 150 people in the former Destination Games office in Austin mainly working in quality assurance and customer support for other NCSoft titles. The trademark Destination Games is still a property of NCSoft, but it's future use is not likely due to the litigation currently in progress over Garriott's separation from the company.
References[edit | edit source]
- Remo, Chris (2008-11-12). Richard Garriott Departs NCsoft Following Return To Earth. Gamasutra.
- NCsoft moving U.S. base to Seattle. Austin Business Journal (2008-09-11). Retrieved on 2009-10-17
- Gaar, Brian (2009-10-05). Things aren't all gloom in the Austin gaming scene. Austin American-Statesman.