4J Studios

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4J Studios
Industry Video games
Founded 2005; 13 years ago (2005)
Headquarters Dundee, Scotland, UK
Owner Chris van der Kuyl and Paddy Burns[1]
Number of employees
18 (2009)[2]
Website www.4jstudios.com

4J Studios is a Scottish video game development studio based in Dundee, Scotland. It has an additional office located in East Linton.

The company has worked with a wide range of publishers including ZeniMax Media, Mojang, and Microsoft Studios. The staff include many former key personnel from defunct studio VIS Entertainment. 4J Studios also helped develop Minecraft.

Since 2010, 4J Studios have been working on the console editions of Minecraft with Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Mojang. They have received many awards for these ports.

In 2012, 4J Studios was awarded a Golden Joystick Award for the Best Selling Game,[3] and a TIGA Games Industry Award for the Best Arcade Game[4] for their XBLA port of Minecraft. Their console port of Minecraft is also available for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch.


Original games[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
PS2 Xbox Wii NDS iOS
2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Yes Yes No No No
2006 Star Trek: Encounters Yes No No No No
2007 Star Trek: Conquest Yes No Yes No No
2008 AMF Bowling Pinbusters! No No Yes Yes No
2008 Ducati Moto No No No Yes No
2009 Wuggle[5] No No No No Yes
2009 Texas Wuggle[5] No No No No Yes

Ports and remakes

Year Title Platforms
2007 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion PS3
2008 Overlord: Raising Hell Xbox 360
2008 Banjo-Kazooie XBLA
2009 Banjo-Tooie XBLA
2010 Perfect Dark XBLA
2012 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition X360
2013 Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition PS3
2014 Minecraft: Xbox One Edition XBO
2014 Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition PS4
2014 Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition PSVita
2015 Minecraft: Wii U Edition[6] Wii U
2017 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Switch


  1. ^ http://www.4jstudios.com/
  2. ^ "Behind the Fur and Feathers with 4J Studios". mundorare.com/. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Andy (26 October 2012). "GJA: Minecraft XBLA awarded Best Downloadable Game". CVG UK. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Martin, Liam (2 November 2012). "TIGA Games Industry Awards 2012 winners revealed, Dear Esther wins big". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Cook, Dave (2 October 2009). "4J Studios Reveal Texas Wuggle for iPhone and iPod Touch". MCV. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  6. ^ G. Macy, Seth (7 December 2015). "Minecraft Wii U Is Real, Coming This Month". IGN. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 

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