ThatGameCompany Co-Founder Leaves

According to Gamasutra, thatgamecompany co-founder Kellee Santiago has departed from the company, with sources suggesting other “key staff departures” may be forthcoming too.

After founding the innovative development studio six years ago (with Jenova Chen) Santiago says that it’s “simply time to seek new challenges”.


“After doing these three games,” Santiago said to the site, “I think it was a really great opportunity for all of us to look at what we’ve learned and what I’ve taken from that experience, and go forth and take it into new arenas.”

thatgamecompany‘s three title deal with Sony is now up.



  1. Sad news but they’ve had great success so at least he’s departing on a massive high. Hopefully whoever else leaves can successfully work their game crafting magic elsewhere!

    • She. =)

      • Oh sorry, I should pay more attention! Was Kellee the one who gave the hour long talk on Journey’s development?

  2. Best of luck to Kellee; I’m sure she’ll find (or has found) something equally engaging to put her mind to. I wonder what thatgamecompany’s next move is.

  3. Seems Sony’s lost its chance to buy the studio as a whole.

  4. That’s too bad. I wonder what could have come to life after Sony’s 3 game deal with the whole team intact.
    Best of luck to her, though.

  5. Two key members left last week too

    Sony had a 3 game deal with them, I’d have thought someone would have bought them.

  6. I’m not sure why this is being reported as ‘sad news’. It’s not like she was sacked or made redundant – she simply feels she’s done all she can at one company and is off to pastures new for a fresh challenge.

    She might even make something even better than what we’ve seen from ThatGameCompany.

  7. Wish her all the best and that she moves to pastures which are just as green.
    Hope the team all get a chance to work together again in the future to produce something which is just as magical as Journey and Flower.

  8. I’d read (somewhere) that Jenova Chen had insisted on communicating through only a series of beeps during the entire development life cycle.

    I’d leave too.

    • This is the best post I’ve read in a long time.

      Now, has anyone seen my scarf?

  9. I guess we’ve been fortunate to get three games from them for ps3, who knows what will happe with them now or how they will diversify.

  10. If Sony didn’t at least try to pour money over them until they signed up as first party developers then they’re fools! I’d be very surprised if the idea wasn’t put to TGC at some point. But creative people need new horizons and I’m sure they’re all going to take their skills and make more awesome things with them.

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