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id Software
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id Software. Revolutionizing the game industry and kicking ass since 1991.
Founded: February 1, 1991
Founder(s): Adrian Carmack
John Carmack
Tom Hall
John Romero
Headquarters: Richardson, Texas, United States
Key people: Robert Duffy (CTO)
Marty Stratton (Studio Director)
Predecessor: Ideas from the Deep
Parent: ZeniMax Media (2009-present)
Divisions: id Software Frankfurt

id Software LLC is an American video game developer based in Richardson, Texas. The company was founded in February 1991 by John Romero, John Carmack, Tom Hall and Adrian Carmack.

In 1997, Activision purchased a 49% stake in id. Their partnership lasted until June 24, 2009, when id was sold to ZeniMax Media. id Software made important technological developments in video game technologies for personal computers, including work done for the Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake franchises.

Notable games

Why They and Their Games Rock

  1. They were behind many great franchises, such as Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Commander Keen.
  2. They're responsible for creating the first-person shooter genre with Wolfenstein 3D and further popularizing it with Doom and Quake.
  3. Their game engines, the id Tech series, revolutionized 3D graphics, texturing, and functionality. Quake engine specifically was the first 3D engine for an FPS game and inspired other or forked engines like the GoldSrc engine.
  4. It's worth noting that, whenever a new id Tech engine is built, the previous one is released under the open-source, thus allowing upcoming developers to use their engine to make their own games.
  5. They've helped popularize online multiplayer with Quake.
  6. Their games are known for their massive modding communities, especially Doom and Quake.
  7. Unlike Activision, they do handle criticism and also try to learn from them.
  8. Doom (2016) helped bring first-person shooters back to their roots with many Indie developers nowadays making their own retro shooters.


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