Karthik Bala

Karthik Bala

Skylanders Giants joins the Wii U 1080p club but will not support Miiverse

Vicarious Visions' co-studio head Karthik Bala revealed that Skylanders Giants joined the growing list of games that will run in "Full HD" on Nintendo's new console. When asked about the unique features of Skylanders Giants on the Wii U, Bala said, "The game is actually running at ...

Activision net income more than triples due to 'Skylanders' and 'Call of Duty' sales

Vicarious Visions CEO Karthik Bala and president Guha Bala, demonstrating video games. Activision Blizzard Inc., the California-based parent of Vicarious Visions, an Albany NY area video-game maker, saw fourth quarter net income more than triple. The growth was fueled by the popularity ...

Co-Founders of Vicarious Visions Named 2013 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneurs of the Ye...

Newswise — Troy, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumnus Karthik Bala ’97 and his brother, Guha Bala, co-founders of the successful video game development company Vicarious Visions, have been selected as the 2013 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneurs of the Year. ...

Skylanders: Swap Force – Behind the Toys Lazygamer .:: The Worlds Best Video Game News ::.

Led by two passionate brothers, Guha and Karthik Bala, most of the key figures at VV have been part of the company for over 10 years. This gives the studio a really warm, familiar and almost familial vibe. The people behind Swap Force know that their toys will help shape a generation’s ...

"The rise and rise of Vicarious Visions"

The story has a bunch of interesting bits, including this one about a precarious point in the company's development: At RPI's incubator, the [Guha and Karthik Bala] met with then-CEO of MapInfo, Mike Marvin. The executive was a star in the region, having led a company that made millions ...

Skylanders Giants Wii U Will Be In 1080p

Karthik Bala, Co-Studio Head at Vicarious Visions, actually had quite a bit to say about the Wii U launch title, Skylanders Giants. Not only has Karthik Bala said, ”The game is actually running at 1080p on the display.” but he was also quite pleased with playing the entire game on ...

Feature: Toy Story: how Skylanders eclipsed Call of Duty

" says CEO Karthik Bala. "Skylanders was either gonna be the biggest landfill since [legendary commercial disaster] ET on the Atari or the biggest thing ever. " Behind the scenes, then, if not in front, it was becoming clear that Activision had to get it right first time. After all, the ...

Skylanders SWAP Force NYC launch event photos

Enchanted’s James Marsden graciously posed with Vicarious Visions co-founder Karthik Bala and his family. They’re both a genuinely nice guys. Swappable candy! There were also free cupcakes on hand for all the kids. Every kid who attended got a commemorative Wash Buckler SWAP Force coin. ...

[Studio Visit] Skylanders: Swap Force

Vicarious has a long history in game development, dating back to the good-old-days (aka 1991) when the studio founders Guha and Karthik Bala opened up shop in their garage. After some very ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful attempts in the PC gaming space, the brothers faked it until ...

2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration

This year's honorees are Karthik Bala '97 and Guha Bala, founders of Vicarious Visions...

Skylanders SWAP Force Hands On Preview

This "procedural animation" technology, according to developer Vicarious Vision's Karthik Bala, works across all 256 possible combinations of the 16 SWAP characters, ensuring the hybrids all move the way they look like they should, and it works really nicely in practice. Each Skylanders ...

E3 2013: The Photos

) Indiana Pacer Roy Hibbert got a private demo from Vicarious Visions’ Guha and Karthik Bala. Roy was also spotted wearing a COD Ghosts t-shirt during the show! Speaking of celebrities, here’s Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg with Emperor of the Federation, J.J. Abrams. He also got private ...

One of Swords Podcast 152: Sealed in Gloopstik

One of Swords Podcast 152: Sealed in Gloopstik by Dan on December 21, 2012 The Skylanders iOS games — Cloud Patrol, Lost Islands, and Battlegrounds – surprised everyone this year except Vicarious Visions CEO Karthik Bala. He joins us this week to talk about the development and success ...

Activision Says Multiple Skylanders Releases are 'Complementary Experiences'

" "We're being pretty meticulous in terms of the experiences we're creating, that are varied and interesting," said Karthik Bala, CEO of Activision's Vicarious Visions studio. "As a character-based franchise, we're inspired by folks like Nintendo, who've really brought different ...

Skylanders of the Mobile Element to Get Stronger This Fall

As a bonus for Skylanders Cloud Patrol players, according to Vicarious Visions co-founder Karthik Bala any codes you’ve input for the first Skylanders mobile game will be imported. Having spent quite a bit of time unlocking characters in that fashion, I was quite pleased to hear that. It ...

Skylanders Giants Runs in 1080p on Wii U

by Jared Rosenberg - October 5, 2012 - 9:07 A.M. Skylanders Giants will run in 1080p when it launches on Wii U, revealed Karthik Bala, co-studio head of Vicarious Visions in an interview with Nintendo World Report. Skylanders Giants joins Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Toki Tori 2 as ...

GameFest 2011 at Rensselaer Expands the Boundaries of Games and Simulation

As part of the expo, 20 games will compete for cash prizes in an exhibition juried by Vicarious Visions, an Albany, N.Y., company founded by brothers Karthik Bala, RPI ’97, and Guha Bala. A Night in Twistwyck Manor, now available at UnPossible Games In Tic, designed by Rensselaer student ...

Vicarious Visions CEO Talks Nintendo

by Mike Gamin - October 5, 2007 - 5:23 P.M. Karthik Bala talks about starting a video game business and mentions some things about Wii Ware, Guitar Hero Wii, and Wii Fit. Vicarious Visions CEO Karthik Bala spoke in one of the final sessions of the 2007 RIT Entrepreneurs Conference ...

Doom 3 An Interview with Vicarious Visions, Feature Story ...

We recently sat down with Karthik Bala, CEO of Vicarious Visions, to find out more about this awesome game. GamePro: Doom 3 isn't the first big name port that Vicarious Visions has produced. What are some other titles that gamers have played that your company had a hand in developing? ...


Vicarious Visions’ Karthik Bala has been busy of late respondingto interview and information requests regarding the imminent release of Terminus, which will be available with the Linux binary in the retail box: Computer Games Online has posted a two-part interview with Karthik ...

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