31st Union is the official name for 2K Silicon Valley, as announced by 2K. It’s the label’s wholly-owned development studio that was founded in February 2019, headed by video game industry veteran Michael Condrey. The reveal also showed off its new state-of-the-art development facility, branding and core values commitment to further establish its identity. The announcement included plans to expand its presence internationally, starting with a European location based in Spain.
“31st Union is off to an incredible start with a passionate and talented team, an intentioned culture that champions inclusivity and greater representation, and an ambitious and inspired new IP that we’re extremely excited about.”
“Our name and studio represent the spirit of California in its rich diversity of thought, art, music, innovation and cultural representation that have defined the current golden age of entertainment and technology here in Silicon Valley. In revealing our new identity and announcing the expansion of our operations, we’re shifting into an exciting next phase of growth to include more voices and bring our vision to life around the globe.”
Michael Condrey, President at 31st Union
31st Union becomes the fourth 2K-owned game development studio with multiple locations around the globe. December 2019 saw Cloud Chamber announcing studio locations in Novato, Calif., and Montreal, Quebec. Hangar 13 opened its third location in Brighton, UK, with other offices in Czech Republic and Novato. Visual Concepts also maintains offices in multiple global locations.
“We’re creating a development environment focused on a single new IP where passion is at the center of it all.”
“We believe diverse perspectives and experiences are crucial to creating a truly global entertainment experience with a deep connection to passionate fans.”
Tyler Michaud, Head of Strategy at 31st Union
“We’re pleased to see the team at 31st Union continue to expand and scale internationally.”
“We’ve seen the benefits of this approach across 2K, from broadening recruitment efforts and attracting the best talent to having more diverse perspectives contributing to the creative process. We’re optimistic the Spain studio will have a positive impact for 31st Union and look forward to sharing more about its new IP in time.”
David Ismailer, President of 2K