PopCap Games is a developer and publisher of video games based in Seattle online (City of Washington United States). PopCap Games was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka, and now has approximately 180 employees. Most of PopCap games can be tested online in limited release, or are available for download in trial version. It is then possible thereafter to purchase the full version.
PopCap games have been downloaded over 150 million times, and its flagship title Bejeweled has sold more than 5 million copies for the major platforms: Web, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, cell phone, PDA , and other portable devices. PopCap also developed a program to make itself its own games.
On August 22, 2006, PopCap Games has signed an agreement with the company Valve Software to distribute games PopCap through the Steam platform. As of August 30, 2006, 17 products from PopCap Games are now available via Steam. To remain consistent with PopCap tradition, each by Steam downloadable game allows both the test version of the game limited the purchase of the full version.
Spirit of PopCap Games
PopCap Games are often described as simple, but "addictive". The training levels are often composed of a single screen showing a few basic rules. Other rules or information about game objects are provided to a player as and when it progresses in the game however, the mind as part of the game are always the same.
Most games work with or without hardware acceleration, are played with the mouse, and offer several modes of play based on the same concept (eg a game mode time limit).
The soundtrack to these games is often created with a tracker, often written by Jonne Valtonen and Peter Hajba, members of Future Crew.