Bungie signs lease for two floors in downtown Seattle tower that can accommodate 300 employees

Seattle’s 2 + U Tower. (2 + U Photo)

Bungie stretches from Bellevue, Washington to Seattle.

The independent video game developer confirmed Monday afternoon that it plans to sublet two floors of Seattle’s 2 + U Tower, which can accommodate around 300 employees.

This will not replace the current headquarters of Bungie, a converted cinema in downtown Bellevue.

As originally reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Bungie’s new offices in Tower 2 + U will occupy half of Dropbox’s 120,000 square feet of space. Dropbox has never operated out of space.

Bungie said more than 30% of its employees live in Seattle. The company has more than 1,000 employees in total, according to LinkedIn.

“With the evolution of the organization and infrastructure that we have achieved since the pandemic began to support our growing business locally – and with hybrid flexible work programs underway – we wanted to create a hub in the area outside of our main Bellevue office, ”Patrick O’Kelley, COO of Bungie, said in a statement. “This gives our employees more flexibility regarding living and commuting options and also supports our continued expansion. “

Bungie’s new lease comes as questions swirl about the future of downtown Seattle, which was largely deserted when companies sent their employees home at the start of the pandemic.

Some companies are now looking to reduce their physical office footprint with the move to remote work.

Seattle’s sublet vacancy rate skyrocketed after the pandemic began in early 2020.

The new Seattle office follows Bungie’s plans, announced in February, to significantly expand its business. It opened a much larger new headquarters in January, which is expected to provide 208,000 square feet of space upon completion next year.

Bungie is perhaps currently best known for its space wizards game with guns Destiny 2, which places players in the role of Guardians with supernatural powers who fight to protect Earth’s solar system from various alien threats.

Independent estimation of population trackers Destiny 2the current player population exceeds just over 37 million, with around 1.4 million players every day of September 2021. destiny the franchise celebrated its 7th anniversary earlier this month.

(Image from Destiny 2)

Bungie also plans to open its first international office in Amsterdam at some point in 2022, and bring at least one new, non-Destiny-related intellectual property in the market before 2025. She is currently recruiting for multiple positions in Bellevue and Seattle, with select positions available for remote workers in California, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and elsewhere in Washington.

Originally founded in Chicago by Alex Seropian in 1991, Bungie first built its reputation by being one of the few developers to create games exclusively for Apple platforms. This included the horror / adventure game Paths to Darkness (1993) and the surreal first-person shooter trilogy Marathon (1994-1996).

Microsoft acquired Bungie in 2000, which led to the studio’s next title, 2001’s Halo: Evolved combat, exclusive shipping for the original Xbox. Halo became a flagship franchise for the Xbox, and Bungie produced two hit sequels in 2004 and 2007.

Bungie separated from Microsoft in 2007, and subsequently released the first destiny in 2014 through an agreement with Activision Blizzard (Call of Duty, World of Warcraft). This deal lasted until 2019, when Bungie parted ways with Activision and took over the publishing functions for Destiny 2.

As part of the move to indie, Bungie has renovated Destiny 2the overall structure of, which has involved big changes in its profit model, its roadmap for the content and the platforms available. This has included a new free business model, where any interested customer can play most of what Bungie released before 2019. Shadow guard expansion without having to pay Bungie for anything.

Destiny 2the current content roadmap includes a sixth expansion for release in 2022, The witch queen, to be followed by Falling light in 2023 and The final form in 2024.