Co-founders depart as contracts with Activision expire, but will continue to consult with Skylanders publisher

Bala brothers leave Vicarious Visions

Karthik and Guha Bala have left Vicarious Visions, the studio they co-founded together back in 1991.

The duo sold the studio to Activision back in 2005 and signed long-term employment contracts with the publisher. Those have now expired and the brothers are moving on to new ventures, according to Times Union.

Vicarious Visions has spent to past four years focusing on Activision’s successful toys-to-life brand Skylanders, and the Balas will continue to consult with Activision on this and various other projects as part of a new agreement between them and the publisher.

“Vicarious Visions started as a high school kid’s dream to make video games,” Karthik Bala said. “This year is Vicarious Visions’ 25th anniversary and what a wonderful journey it has been. We’ve made some great games that have had critical and commercial success, and what we’re most proud of is the people, culture and values of the company.”

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg added: “Guha and Karthik created something very special with Vicarious Visions that has brought joy to millions of people. They have been wonderful members of the Activision family and we look foward to seeing what they do next.”

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