Yacht Club Games
Founded 2011
Headquarters Valencia, California
Key people Sean Velasco, Ian Flood, David D Angelo
Number of employees 5 (July 2014)
16 (Currently)

Yacht Club Games is an independent video game development studio and publisher founded in 2011 by former WayForward Technologies director Sean Velasco.[1] It is located in Los Angeles, CA.


Yacht Club Games was founded by former developers from WayForward Technologies who wished to work on their own titles. The company announced their first title, Shovel Knight, on March 14, 2013. They financed its development through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and released it on June 26, 2014.[2] Following the stretched goal of the Kickstarter campaign, the developers added more content to the base game from 2015 to 2018. With each new campaign being as large as the original main game, the developers decided to change the economic model of Shovel Knight. The original game, which includes all content, was renamed Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, and all campaigns and the Battle Mode are available to purchase separately.[3]

In addition to their own title, Yacht Club Games also published Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack in North America, an enchanced collection of the first and second Azure Striker Gunvolt games developed by the Japanese studio Inti Creates.[4]

Games DevelopedEdit

Games PublishedEdit

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (USA)
  • Cyber Shadow



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  2. Shovel Knight on Kickstarter
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