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Brightworm Games established by KO_OP co-founder Bronson Zgeb

KO_OP's co-founder Bronson Zgeb has opened his own one-person game studio.

Justin Carter

January 11, 2023

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Logo of BrightWorm Games.

KO_OP's co-founder Bronson Zgeb announced the founding of his next studio, BrightWorm. Zgeb is currently the studio's sole employee. 

"About 10 years ago, I founded KO_OP," wrote Zgeb on Twitter. "I gave it everything, but I burned out. [...] Now I'm excited to reveal my new studio, BrightWorm!" Zgeb didn't do a full reveal of the studio's first title, but on BrightWorm's website, curious players can sign up to be a part of the beta. 

KO_OP was founded in 2012 by Zgeb and studio director Saleem Dabbous. Along with developing the 2017 game Gnog and 2023's Goodbye Volcano High, the studio developed a level for Square Enix's 2016 mobile game Lara Croft Go

Zgeb later departed KO_OP to work at Unity and Lara Croft Go developer Square Enix Montreal (prior to its recent rebrand to Onoma and subsequent closure).

Notably, KO_OP operates as a co-op (heh) management structure. Every developer employed at the studio has equal pay and power. A similar structure exists at Dead Cells developer Motion Twin.

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Justin Carter

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A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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