PopCap Games is a leading casual gaming developer and publisher, based in Seattle, Washington, United States. It was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka, and currently employs more than 180 people. Most of Popcap's games can be played free in a limited form, with the full version available for a fee.
PopCap’s games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and its flagship title Bejeweled has sold more than 10 million units across all major platforms. PopCap games are available for Web, PC and Mac, Xbox, Xbox 360, cell-phones, PDAs, and other mobile devices. PopCap also runs a developer program to provide an opportunity for independent game developers to create and spread their games.
The company expanded in 2005 with the acquisition of Sprout Games, a Seattle-based casual games developer company like PopCap Games, founded by James Gwertzman. Sprout Games is the creator of the game Feeding Frenzy. The Sprout team subsequently moved to Seattle and helped PopCap to make a sequel to the hit game, Feeding Frenzy 2, with Gwertzman becoming the Director of Business Development at Popcap.
On August 22 2006, it was announced on Valve software's Web site that PopCap Games had entered into an agreement with Valve software to deliver PopCap's games via Valve's Steam content delivery system. Beginning on August 30 2006, 17 of PopCap's products became available via Steam. In keeping with PopCap tradition, each PopCap game offered via Steam is available for a free trial period as well as for purchase.
After these acquisitions, the PopCap Games Logo was rebranded, dropping the "Games" portion. PopCap's premium games list in website will now be mixed with other games from other developers/distributors.
Most games run both with or without hardware acceleration, are usually controllable with the mouse, and often feature various game modes based on the same concept (although in many cases, this is just the introduction of a time limit).