ABOUT US

INDUSTRY VETERANS WITH A HISTORY OF SUCCESS

 

 

Founded in 2016, Sharkbite Games is focused on delivering "Best in class" gaming experiences, regardless of the platform.

With over 70 years of combined "been there, done that" experience between us, we have some amazing titles under our belts.

Having all previously worked together in some capacity, we share a passion for building amazing game experiences.

 

IN THE NEWS

"Taking a Swim with Sharkbite Games: A BeSwitched Q&A"

Kongregate Developers Blog, August 7, 2018

KONG: Today we are chatting with Sharkbite Games, creators of Kongregate’s latest mobile release BeSwitched (available now on Android and iOS devices). Sharkbite Games, founded in 2016 and staffed by industry veterans, is led by Rick Ellis and Susan Mackey-Ellis. For those who are unfamiliar with the startup, can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds and how Sharkbite Games came to be? 
RICK: Our studio is made up of game industry veterans, people who have been making games for upwards of 25 years. Our current team has all worked together in the past on various projects so we don’t have many of the startup “growing pains” trying to learn each other’s personalities and strengths/weakness, which has been nice. Individuals on the team have worked on some of the industry’s most amazing and popular titles: Steam, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike, Guild Wars 2, F.E.A.R., Condemned, Paradise Bay, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and Deer Hunter to name a few. As a group, we decided that we wanted to build highly social games that cross all platforms (PC, console and mobile), treating the game experience as a unified experience across all of them, so we started Sharkbite Games, Inc. in August of 2016. Since then we’ve raised significant funding from local Seattle angels and put out our first game, BeSwitched.

"Alliance of Angels still helping entrepreneurs take flight, 20 years after initial spark from Tom Alberg, Bill Gates Sr. and Tom Cable"

By Lisa Stiffler, GeekWire, March 28, 2018

Two decades ago, Bill Gates Sr., Tom Alberg and Tom Cable jointly sent a letter to friends and colleagues with an important ask. The trio of prominent Seattle business leaders wanted to stoke the region’s tech economy, building on the success of Microsoft, Starbucks and a promising online bookseller called Amazon. Their request was well received. “You don’t turn down Bill Sr.,” said angel investor and former Microsoft executive Dan Rosen. “You also don’t turn down Tom Alberg.”
The call made by Gates, the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; Alberg, a founder of Madrona Venture Group and board member at Amazon; and Cable, an investment banker and founding investor in Immunex, resulted in the Alliance of Angels.


SHARKBITE GAMES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SUSAN MACKEY-ELLIS
Chief Administrative Officer for Sharkbite Games, Inc.
RICK ELLIS
Founder & Chief Executive Officer for Sharkbite Games, Inc.
ALESIA PINNEY
Vice President and General Counsel for Avalara
TAMMY BUIST
Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for
Cancer Research And Biostatistics (CRAB)

THE COMPANY IS BACKED BY STRATEGIC INVESTORS