Our story

Our story

Since joining NaturalMotion in 2017 I have been blown away by the energy and determination of our people and I’m super passionate about the culture we have in our studios.

Jeff Hickman, SVP and Head of Studio
Jeff Hickman, SVP and Head of Studio

Award-winning

At NaturalMotion we make games that wow people. We take pride in making titles that reach a large audience and in creating communities that last. Founded in 2001, we released our first title Backbreaker Football for the iPhone in 2009, a series of further titles followed such as NFL Rivals, My Horse, and the number one grossing & award-winning game, CSR Racing in 2012. We joined the Zynga family in 2014. For the past four consecutive years, NaturalMotion have been listed as one of the Best Places To Work in the UK video games industry, at the Gamesindustry.biz Awards.

Award-winning

The importance of fun

Based in Central London and close to the West End our studio is a bright, modern, open plan office. We have a kitchen area for you to eat and relax in. In the centre of the studio is our atrium, which is great to hang out in during sunny days. Having fun is important to us, we have annual Summer and Christmas parties.

The safety of our team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home. Though we are currently working from home, we still run virtual activities, workshops and events.

The importance of fun

Awards

Winner - Best Places to Work 2021
Winner - Best Places to Work 2020
Winner - Best Places to Work 2019
Winner - Best Places to Work 2018
Winner - 2017 Best Technical Achievement, Dawn of Titans
Winner - 2017 Game Artist, Dawn of Titans
Winner - 2012 Best Games Developer
Winner - 2012 Best Casual Game, CSR Racing
Winner - 2012 Best Publisher

Our history

September 2001 First funding NaturalMotion received its first, pre-incorporation seed funding of £25,000 from Oxford university in September 2001
First funding
October 2001 NaturalMotion Limited Incorporated Incorporated by Torsten Reil in Oxford, England
February 2007 Morpheme Launched NaturalMotion’s run-time animation product, Morpheme, is the industry’s first graphically authorable animation engine. Morpheme is the most widely used animation engine in the console and PC games industry
Morpheme Launched
September 2009 Backbreaker: Tackle Alley - Worldwide Release First game iOS/Android - Only a Few Have Left Tackle Alley 'Alive'. The Backbreaker series goes on to be downloaded over 7 million times
Backbreaker: Tackle Ally - Worldwide Release
June 2010 Backbreaker NaturalMotion's first venture into the sports arena on Console PS3/Xbox360
December 2010 Backbreaker 2: Vengeance & Jenga - Worldwide Release NaturalMotion reveals two new games for iPhone, iPod touch and iOS: Backbreaker 2: Vengeance, sequel to the multi-million selling title for iPhone, and the skill game Jenga, based on the wildly popular block tower game.
Backbreaker 2: Vengeance & Jenga - Worldwide Release
June 2011 Icebreaker - Worldwide Release He shoots, he scores! Icebreaker takes the fastest sport on Earth and cranks it up… Backbreaker style!
August 2011 NFL Rivals - Worldwide Release NaturalMotion strikes a deal with the National Football League, allowing you to play as one of the 32 NFL teams on iOS
September 2011 MyHorse - Worldwide Release Our First free to play game: My Horse lets users live the dream of owning and looking after their own realistic horse. Featuring jaw-dropping visuals and accessible yet deep gameplay, users spend time with their horse in authentic 3D environments
June 2012 CSR - Worldwide Release CSR - the first in the series of ultimate street drag racing, was one of the top 10 grossing games on iOS in 2012
CSR - Worldwide Release
August 2012 BossAlien acquired NaturalMotion acquires Brighton based developer Boss Alien, after collaborating on CSR Racing
October 2013 CSR Classics - Worldwide Release CSR Classics is the follow-up title to the successful CSR Racing, drag race classic cars from the 1950s to the 1980s
November 2013 Clumsy Ninja - Worldwide Release Clumsy Ninja released on iOS and Android. Within its first week of release, Clumsy Ninja was downloaded more than 10 million times
Clumsy Ninja - Worldwide Release
February 2014 Zynga aquisition Zynga acquires NaturalMotion for $527m to provide next-generation technology and tools; expanding Zynga’s creative pipeline and accelerating planned mobile growth
June 2016 CSR2 - Worldwide Release CSR2 released for iPhone and Android, setting a new standard in visuals, CSR2 delivers hyper-real drag racing to the palm of your hand
CSR2 - Worldwide Release
December 2016 Dawn Of Titans - Worldwide Release Dawn of Titans released on iOS and Android, immersing players in a breathtaking, high-fantasy world where they build their own kingdoms and wage war with epic titans
Dawn Of Titans - Worldwide Release
January 2017 CSR2 become a smash hit CSR2 garners more than 1 million 5-star reviews and becomes the #1 Top Grossing Racing Game in over 50 countries
June 2017 Jeff Hickman joins the company SVP and Head of Studio Jeff Hickman joins NaturalMotion after 11 years at EA, including leadership roles at Bioware Austin and mobile studio Red Crow
August 2018 The force is strong with NaturalMotion Zynga sign multi-year licensing agreement with Disney to develop new Star Wars games
The force is strong with NaturalMotion
October 2018 Best Places to Work 2018 NaturalMotion Games named as one of the Best Places To Work in the UK video games industry, at the Gamesindustry.biz Awards
September 2019 Best Places to Work 2019 NaturalMotion Games named as one of the Best Places To Work in the UK video games industry, at the Gamesindustry.biz Awards
December 2019 Opened Birmingham studio Proud to open our brand new racing studio, located in the heart of Birmingham City, UK
2020 Joined #RaisetheGame pledge #RaiseTheGame is designed to inspire meaningful, cultural and behavioural change in all games businesses, companies and organisations
September 2020 Best Places to Work 2020 NaturalMotion Games named as the Best Large Company at the Gamesindustry.biz Best Places To Work in the UK video games industry Awards
2021 Became Women in Games Corporate Ambassador The program consists of a worldwide network of studios, companies & organisations who are aligned and engaged with the WiG agenda to support, empower and celebrate female talent in the games industry
September 2021 Best Places to Work 2021 NaturalMotion Games named as one of the Best Places To Work in the UK video games industry, at the Gamesindustry.biz Awards

Our values

Be proud
Aim high
Stay hungry
Be honest

Come work with us

We innovate to create immersive, blockbuster experiences that delight our players. We take pride in making titles that reach a large audience and in creating communities that last. If you want to be part of this we want to hear from you.

Work with us
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