Louis Castle

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Louis Castle
Louis Castle at BAFTA2011 GameDevs.jpg
Castle at a BAFTA event in Los Angeles in July 2011.
Occupation game designer

Louis Castle is an American video games designer. He is known for co-founding Westwood Studios,[1] contributing to the Command & Conquer series of real-time strategy games,[2] serving as Executive Producer for the PC video games Blade Runner and Monopoly,[3] and collaborating with Steven Spielberg on the Boom Blox and Boom Blox Bash Party video games for the Nintendo Wii console based on Spielberg's design ideas.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Castle co-founded Westwood Studios with Brett Sperry in 1985.[6][7] Castle has multiple credits on notable Westwood games, including Executive Producer, Technical Director, and Art Director for Blade Runner (released in 1997) and Executive Producer and Designer for Monopoly (released in 1995). Castle is probably best known for his contributions to multiple Command & Conquer games, a series originated by Sperry in 1995 with the original PC real-time strategy game Command & Conquer.

Westwood was acquired by EA in 1998. Castle continued on with EA in a number of executive and creative roles,[8] he was Executive Producer of Boom Blox and Boom Blox Bash Party, developed for the Nintendo Wii in a collaboration with Steven Spielberg. From 2003 to June 2009, Castle was Vice President of Creative Development at the Los Angeles studio of Electronic Arts (EALA).[9]

On July 15, 2009, Castle joined InstantAction as the new CEO of GarageGames,[10] after InstantAction was shut down in November 2010, Castle went on to become Senior Advisor for Premium FanPage in January 2011,[11] and later joined Zynga as VP of Studios.[12]

Castle took a detour out of the video gaming industry to serve as Chief Strategy Officer for Shufflemaster (which became SHFL entertainment) in late 2011,[13] he returned to video games as Creative Director for Kixeye's War Commander: Rogue Assault which launched worldwide in 2016.[14]

On March 9, 2017, Castle became the head of Amazon Game Studios Seattle.[15]

Awards[edit]

Castle was given the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award by the Computer Game Developers Association at the Spotlight Awards in 1999.[16] Castle was also given a BAFTA award (along with Steven Spielberg and Amir Rahimi) for his work on Boom Blox in 2009.[17] [18]

Personal life[edit]

Castle lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon taps RTS pioneer Louis Castle to lead Seattle studio". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Colin (2015-09-18). "Command & Conquer's Louis Castle returns to fight again on the RTS front". Polygon. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Louis J. Castle Video Game Credits and Biography - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved 2017-11-26. 
  4. ^ "Making games with Steven Spielberg". 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  5. ^ "EA AND STEVEN SPIELBERG REVEAL BOOM BLOX". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  6. ^ Westwood co-founder Louis Castle leaves for InstantAction
  7. ^ Hayes, Trevor (October 30, 2000). "Computer games: They got game", Las Vegas Review-Journal, p. D1.
  8. ^ Campbell, Colin (2015-09-18). "Command & Conquer's Louis Castle returns to fight again on the RTS front". Polygon. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  9. ^ Forbes profile
  10. ^ "Lou Castle to Head Up InstantAction as New CEO". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. 
  11. ^ GamerLiveTV interview, Louis Castle joins team Xiha
  12. ^ Former head of InstantAction joins Zynga as VP of Studios
  13. ^ Staff, GGB. "Interview with Shuffle Master's Louis Castle". Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  14. ^ "After nearly 3 years of struggle, Kixeye launches its spectacular War Commander: Rogue Assault | GamesBeat". venturebeat.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  15. ^ http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/293406/Command__Conquer_cocreator_Louis_Castle_to_head_Amazon_Game_Studios_Seattle.php
  16. ^ "Game Developers Choice Awards | Archive | Lifetime Achievement". www.gamechoiceawards.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  17. ^ "Louis Castle". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  18. ^ "2009 Games Casual | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 

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