Truly Social Values
How it all started…
It all began with a true life adventure…”It was kind of like Indiana Jones meets anthropology meets architecture”
After a summer spent hunting for gold in centuries-old Mexican haciendas, CEO and co-founder Cooper DuBois returned to Portland, Oregon wanting to replicate his experiences for the masses in the form of a game. He teamed up with longtime friend (and game industry veteran) Patrick Tougas, and Truly Social Games was born.
Cooper and Patty then joined up with like-minded founders Dima Shyshanouski and Anton Augustinovich to open a development studio in Minsk, Belarus. Their first title, Planet Gold Rush, a mobile gold mining game, followed shortly after in September 2017. The company’s development capabilities increased in 2018 when founders Joe Bonar and Robert Baxter brought their studio in Vancouver, Canada into the family.
Who we are is in our name
The name Truly Social Games came naturally to us: we set out to focus on putting fun first! Our co-founders Patty & Cooper both had spent much of their careers creating violent games or casino titles and were ready for a conscious change- to create games that all players could enjoy. Not only that, but the games would be “truly social” in nature, so that our audience could become a part of the game creation process themselves. Through social conversations and feedback, in-game surveys, and of course, reviews, we listen and get to know our players, share behind-the-scenes stories, Q&A’s, and more, so that they can get to know us better, too.
Vancouver BC, Canada
Vibrant and eclectic, the city of Vancouver, Canada is home to newly-formed Truly Social Games Vancouver (TSGV for short!). A long-established game development hub with an unwavering eye on the future of gaming and immersive technology like AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), Vancouver is also home to an expanse of world-class ocean and mountain vistas, as well as a richly diverse cultural scene. It’s no surprise that Vancouver is consistently voted a top travel destination and world-class city.
The thriving capital of Belarus, our studio in Minsk houses our development and design teams.
Dotted with historical landmarks, natural spaces, museums, and sports arenas throughout the downtown area, Minsk is a city with something for everyone, whether you’re a visitor or a local.
Portland OR, USA
Located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, our Portland studio is where our executive team is based. Aside from a strong arts and tech culture, there’s lots to love about the City of Roses. From the famous food carts, to a thriving music scene, to lush hiking trails only a short drive away, Portland might just become your new favorite place to live. (We have doughnuts and craft beer!)