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S2 Games

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Type  Video game developer
Founder  Marc DeForest
Website  s2games.com
Number of employees  22
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Industry  Computer and video game industry
Products  Savage: The Battle for Newerth Savage 2: A Tortured Soul Heroes of Newerth Strife
Headquarters  Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Motto  Dedicated employees serving dedicated gamers. Continuous development. Never-ending improvement.
Video games  Heroes of Newerth, Strife, Savage: The Battle for Newerth, Savage 2: A Tortured Soul

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S2 Games is a video game development company which was founded by Marc "Maliken" DeForest, Jesse Hayes, and Sam McGrath, based in Rohnert Park, California. They also have a development location in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their first project (a real-time strategy, third-person shooter and role-playing game hybrid), Savage: The Battle for Newerth, was released in the Summer of 2003. They released its sequel, Savage 2: A Tortured Soul, on January 16, 2008, and are independently publishing and distributing it. Their latest installment in the Newerth series, Heroes of Newerth, based heavily around Defense of the Ancients, was released on May 12, 2010. In 2015 S2 Games sold the rights to Heroes of Newerth to Garena to focus on Strife, their second-generation MOBA. Garena subsequently moved Heroes of Newerth to Frostburn Studios, a Kalamazoo, Michigan based subsidiary of Garena.


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  • Savage: The Battle for Newerth (2003) (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
  • Savage 2: A Tortured Soul (2008) (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
  • Heroes of Newerth (2010) (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
  • Strife (2015) (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
  • Savage Resurrection (2016) (Windows)
  • Key events

  • In 2003, S2 Games released Savage: The Battle for Newerth, their first commercial game.
  • In 2004, three former S2 Games employees left the company to form Offset Software.
  • In 2006, S2 Games re-released Savage: The Battle for Newerth, as freeware.
  • In 2008, S2 Games released Savage 2: A Tortured Soul.
  • In 2009, S2 Games re-released Savage 2: A Tortured Soul as freeware.
  • In 2010, S2 Games released Heroes of Newerth.
  • In 2011, S2 Games re-released Heroes of Newerth as freeware/free-to-play
  • In 2012, S2 Games made all heroes in Heroes of Newerth completely free for online play
  • In 2012, over 10,000,000 Heroes of Newerth user accounts had been registered.
  • In 2013, S2 Games announced Strife an upcoming "second generation MOBA"
  • In 2015, S2 Games released Heroes of Newerth from its label into the hands of Frostburn Studios
  • References

    S2 Games Wikipedia

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