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About Us

Xona Games is an award-winning indie game studio, co-founded by Jason Doucette and Matthew Doucette. We make arcade-style  intense retro games and best known for our $180,000 contest wins and our #1 shmup hits in Japan.


Jason Doucette (left) and Matthew Doucette (right) of Xona Games.

Jason and Matthew have been coding games since they were seven years old, before they owned a computer. Their first personal computer was a TI-99/4A. Starting in early elementary school, they developed a "game code", a formulated and sometimes philosophical list of do's and don't's by which all of their games abide.

Xona Games is the realization of a lifelong passion.


Matthew (left) and Jason (center) in Xona Games studios.

We have won prestigious awards (Innovacorp's $100,000 prize, Tizen's $50,000 prize,  Roger's $20,000 prize) and received worldwide press (Develop, Retro Gamer, Famitsu, Reviews On The Run, Official Xbox Magazine). We have won over $180,000 in contests. Our games have been rated from #1 in Canada (Duality ZF in Dream Build Play 2010) to #1 in Japan (Decimation X and Decimation X3 on XBLIG), and been top picks across many categories (IGN, Famitsu, Gamasutra, Joystiq). Every game we developed, released or not, has won awards.

Our games have also become #1 best sellers in multiple countries (Decimation X, Decimation X3, and Score Rush). We have dominated the Japanese market with three of the top five games and two best sellers, simultaneously. We have dominated XBLIG with 3 of the top 7 four-player shoot 'em ups and out of thousands of developers we are 1 of 3 studios to produce 3 or more 4+ star rated titles.

Our game engine technology was recognized for technical excellence (IndiePub semi-finalist). Microsoft invited our studio to develop a launch title for their Windows Phone 7 launch (Decimation X2). We have strong indie ties and were chosen to represent the Indie Games Winter Uprising. Our only mobile title won a highly commended award in WP7COMP, a Microsoft-supported Windows Phone 7 Competition, and was the only game that placed (the rest were "apps"). Turbulenz, a new online gaming platform, funded us to develop a launch title (Score Rush port) and even turned one of our games into a cake!


Jason (left) and Matthew (right), in the Xona Games studios.

We have continued support by the Nova Scotian government, who have sent us to international game conferences including MIGS '09, GDC '10, GDC '11, GDC '12, GDC '13. Other perks inclue a "Business Lounge" pass to MIGS, Game Connection at GDC '10, and a GDC floor booth for '11, '12, and '13. We are also included in Nova Scotia's "Your Studio Here" promotions. We have even been congratulated by Nova Scotia's House of Assembly.

Our games are also featured by the New Brunswick government in Jalloo '10 and Jalloo '13, a gaming festival hosted by NBCC Miramichi.

We attend various gaming expos on our own, such as PAX East '12, PAX Prime '12, PAX East '13, where we have placed first and second in gaming competitions.


Jason (left) and Matthew (right) in Xona Games studios.

Our games feature beautiful Imphenzia and hard-rocking Dragon Music Productions soundtracks, and are 4-player shoot 'em ups. Expect to see more genres exploited for their true potential in the future, including racing and beat 'em ups. We have only just begun. We are currently working on Duality ZF for Xbox LIVE Arcade and Steam. Feel free to visit our developer's blog and check out our friends who have all done amazing things in the indie gaming industry!

 

Platforms:

We have developed for Xbox LIVE Indie Games (XBLIG) (Decimation X, Decimation X3Score Rush), Windows Phone 7 (Decimation X2) and HTML5 (Score Rush). We began to develop for Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA) (Duality ZF) but have cancelled to focus on next generation platroms (Xbox One and PS4). In the future we plan to  develop for Windows PC (Steam, Desura), Nintendo Wii (WiiWare), iPhone/iPad (AppStore), and various Android devices!

 

Interviews:


Matthew interviewed by Game Code TV (blog entry).


Jason at GDC 2012 (blog entry).


Matthew on the "Are You Smarter Than A CEO?" contest (blog entry).


Matthew (left) and Jason (right) at GDC 2010 (blog entry).


Xona Games winning $100,000 (blog entry).


Xona Games on CBC TV News (blog entry).

 

As Gamers:

We are also avid gamers. We have both beat the R-Type, Raiden, and Raiden II arcades. My old notes show that we both beat 1943: The Battle of Midway arcade together. We can complete NES versions of Contra and Super-C with one life, twice over. We are huge shoot'em up fans, as you may know. Jason has beat 15+ Xbox LIVE games and can beat the OutRun arcade. Matthew has beat 70 NES games, 80+ Xbox LIVE games, and many other games, as well as competed and placed first and second in PAX East's Geometry Wars 2 contest (in 2013 and 2012).

Here's some examples of our gameplay:


Matthew playing Pacifism in Geometry Wars 2, scoring 600 million / 705 worldwide rank.

Unrecorded, in Pacifism, Matthew obtained a peak rank of #553 worldwide out of about 300,000 players and separately a peak score of 890 million points.


Jason (red) and Matthew (blue) beating Super-C in 17 minutes at PAX East 2012 (blog entry).


Jason getting the Cardiogram achievement (Score an overall AAA in Heart Attack Mode) in OutRun Online Arcade.

 

*Original photoshoot article: Xona Games NSBI Photoshoot! Photos by John Sherlock.

 

Other Work:

We don't just make games, we have other interests too.

 

More Xona Games Articles:

2014/Sep/19 Google Adsense
2014/Aug/10 How Many Games Does a Game Developer Own?
2014/Aug/04 Kickstarter: Elysian Shadows, a Next-Gen 2D RPG
2014/Jul/25 Kickstarter: Funded Viridis, an Indie Shmup
2014/Jul/17 Xona Games in Wikipedia!
2014/Jun/27 Xona Games: Featured in Greater Halifax
2014/Jun/10 Xona Games: Featured in Yarmouth Vanguard
2014/Jun/06 Alexander Bruce: Inspirational Indie Developer
2014/Jun/05 Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker at 1T
2014/Apr/02 Domains, Domains, Domains
2014/Mar/10 Matthew Doucette: Interviewed on Indie Dev Podcast
2014/Mar/04 Matthew Doucette: Interviewed on Game Code TV
2014/Mar/01 Xona Games: Featured in Official Xbox Magazine
2014/Feb/27 Xona Games: Announced as Official ID@Xbox Developer
2014/Feb/24 Matthew Doucette: 80 Completed Xbox LIVE Games
2014/Feb/23 Xona Games & Turbulenz Win $50,000 Tizen App Challenge
2014/Feb/18 Xona Games: Featured in Connected for Business
2014/Feb/17 Halifax Scramble Wrap Up
2014/Feb/15 Matthew Doucette Wins Raiden Fighters Jet Tournament
2014/Feb/14 Xona Games Shmup Tournament
2014/Jan/22 Xona Games: Interviewed by Rogers
2013/Dec/05 Don't Forget, Xona Games is in ID@Xbox too!
2013/Nov/07 Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker at Entrepreneurship Seminar
2013/Oct/29 Xona Games Wins $20,000 Rogers Big Idea Contest
2013/Oct/25 Halifax Game Jam 2013 Wrap Up
2013/Oct/17 GDC 2014, Here We Come!
2013/Oct/14 Xona Games Supports NSGDA
2013/Sep/17 Running CityDesk on Windows 8
2013/Sep/12 Xona Games Accepted in ID@Xbox
2013/Sep/09 Our Own NES Game Genie Codes
2013/Sep/03 Kickstarter: Funded Mighty No. 9!
2013/Aug/27 Take Risks
2013/Jul/25 Indie Royale's Indie Gamer Chick Bundle
2013/Jul/23 We're featured in Yarmouth Vanguard
2013/Jul/18 We're featured in Nova Scotia's ICT 2013 Sector Report
2013/Jun/25 Jalloo 2013 Wrap Up
2013/May/20 Sad News on Radiangames' First F2P, Bombcats
2013/May/14 Xonatron Breaks Top 10,000 on TrueAchievements
2013/May/02 Xona Games: Interviewed by Independent Gaming
2013/May/02 Funded Another Retro Kickstarter: Chasm
2013/Apr/29 Two Cool Kickstarter Projects
2013/Apr/25 GDC 2013 Wrap Up
2013/Apr/23 PAX East 2013 Wrap Up
2013/Apr/10 Kickstarter: Shmup Devs Unite!
2013/Mar/27 GDC 2013: Beating Score Rush in 0:10:20
2013/Mar/25 Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine, Thrice!
2013/Mar/23 PAX East 2013: Matthew Wins Geometry Wars 2 Tournament
2013/Mar/13 Matthew Doucette Interviewed on Monetization Practices
2013/Jan/28 Don't Stop
2013/Jan/08 Xona Games: Jason Doucette GDC 2012 Interview
2012/Dec/18 Help Xona Games win a OUYA Dev Console
2012/Dec/06 Are Games Art? It Doesn't Matter
2012/Apr/06 Xona Games Devs Beat Super-C in 0:16:28 at PAX EAST 2012
2012/Mar/25 #1 and #2 in SHMUP Contest!
2011/Jul/22 Xona Games Backs Indie Game: The Movie On Kickstarter
2011/Jul/06 Xona Games Targeted For Rating Manipulation Abuse, Twice
2011/Jul/04 Xona Games: Featured in Official Xbox Magazine Online
2011/Jun/27 Halifax Game Jam 2011 Wrap Up
2011/Jun/20 Xona Games: Canada Business Feature
2011/Jun/20 "How I come to be Xona-Infected?"
2011/May/30 Xona Games: Featured in Chronicle Herald
2011/May/09 Xona Games: Interviewed by The Thoughtful Gamers
2011/Apr/11 Xona Games 1 of 3 Developers To Produce Three 4-Star XBLIG Games
2011/Mar/25 Xona Games is 4-Player Shmup King of XBLIG: Created 3 of Top 7
2011/Mar/21 Xona Games Running Lean: The Lean Startup Challenge
2011/Mar/14 Xona Games: Featured in Nova Scotia's "Your Studio Here" Promotions
2011/Mar/14 GDC 2011 Wrap Up
2011/Feb/22 Xona Games Featuered: Indie Games Counter Sequel-Driven Market
2011/Feb/02 Xona Games: Featured in Chronicle Herald, Again!
2011/Jan/27 Xona Games: Are You Smarter Than A CEO? Interview
2011/Jan/26 Featured Indie Developers: Xona Games
2011/Jan/10 Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine, Again!
2011/Jan/04 Xona Games: CBC News Recap
2011/Jan/02 Xona Games 2 of Top 3 Picks in #1 Japanese Gaming Magazine, Famitsu
2010/Dec/17 Xona Games 10th & 11th Best Selling XBLIGs Worldwide
2010/Dec/12 Xona Games Dominates Japan in Top Ratings and Best Sellers
2010/Nov/03 Xona Games Congratulated by Nova Scotia House of Assembly
2010/Sep/23 Xona Games Inspires!
2010/Sep/10 Calculated Success
2010/Sep/06 Racketboy Podcast #15 - Indie Shmups
2010/Aug/30 Xona Games Featured Over 200 Times!
2010/Aug/25 Xona Games NSBI Photoshoot!
2010/Aug/09 Living the Dream!!!
2010/Jun/18 Google Respect
2010/Jun/16 Jalloo Festival to Showcase Duality ZF
2010/May/25 And In Local News... (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)
2010/Apr/30 Homebrew Heroes: Retro Gamer Feature
2010/Apr/19 Xona Games Featured in Open to the World Magazine
2010/Apr/15 Xona Games Inc.: We're Officially Incorporated!
2010/Mar/25 Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker at Innovation Social
2010/Mar/16 GDC 2010 Wrap Up
2010/Feb/25 Xona Games Speaks at Business Over Breakfast
2010/Feb/20 Xona Games Wins $100,000 - I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition (Video)
2010/Feb/02 50,000 YouTube Views
2010/Jan/26 Xona Games Featured in Local Newspaper
2010/Jan/26 Xona Games Wins $100,000 - I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition
2009/Dec/17 Acadia University Coverage: A Passion For Programming
2009/Dec/08 Xona Games Top 3 in $200,000 Technology Competition
2009/Nov/09 Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine
2009/Oct/22 Xona Games I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition Finalist
2009/Sep/24 Xona Games Featured on CBC TV News
2009/Sep/23 Xona Games on CBC News Website
2009/Sep/23 CBC Radio One Interviews Xona Games
2009/Aug/18 Xona Games Company Profile for NSBI
2009/Jun/15 Console Arcade Interviews Xona Games
2008/Aug/28 Introducing Xona Games

 


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