Our Mission

Feature Creep. Hiring. Crunch. Burnout. Bugs. Delays. Layoffs.

We know the score. The game industry is plagued by some contentious issues. This is not fine.

Many of these problems appear to be solvable by growing your team, but that also comes with some pretty big risks. Not to mention that hiring the right people is a time consuming process.

Keep your internal team lean and mean. Shipwright's expert resources will make it possible to accomplish your goals in a way that is sustainable for your company in the long term.

The gig economy has come to game dev.



We’ve been around the block. We've seen the way the game industry works, and the ways it doesn’t.
We want to make it a better place for everyone. Here’s how we walk the walk.


Customer Focus

Our client relationships are our top priority. That’s why they trust us for our attention to detail and ability to identify common pain points before they become an issue. Our clients keep coming back because they know they can count on us. 

keep it relevant

Our customers make games. Part of understanding what they need is being familiar with their products, competitors, and influences, as well as staying on top of industry trends and new titles. We play games. We watch movies. We discuss the fine points of popular media. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.


Eye On The Prize

We take pride in our work and we're always looking for opportunities to impress. We identify areas where we can be of further assistance, and always go the extra mile to win hearts and blow minds. We demonstrate value every chance we get.

RIsing tide

Everybody has an area of expertise. We support one another, sharing our strengths and mitigating our weaknesses by knowing when to ask for help. We all reap the rewards of success and share in the shame of failure. The rising tide raises all ships, and we make sure nobody is left high and dry.


Radical Candor

We aren't afraid to raise our concerns when we see something wrong. Open and honest communication is possible because it's always respectful. We aren't afraid to have uncomfortable conversations because we know that we're all in the same boat.

Work smarter

We know what work needs to be done. We know how long it takes and we do it when we're at our best. We don't punch the clock. We maintain a healthy work-life balance by knowing where crunch creeps into the schedule. We've done this kind of work before and know where to spot the pitfalls. We double check our estimates and anticipate time for iteration and quality assurance.


Meet The Founders

3 veterans. 25 titles. 45 years of experience.


Joe Russo

Beginning his career at Sony Online Entertainment, Joe cut his teeth on Everquest, working his way up through the ranks to become a Lead Systems Designer on Everquest II. After spending some time at n-Space, he eventually landed at CCP North America where he put his considerable talents to work as a Senior Technical Game Designer on World of Darkness and Sparc. When the opportunity to build something new presented itself, he jumped in with both feet.


David Dearing

Starting as a Programmer in 2002, David spent the first 7 years of his career in the Los Angeles area, shipping several titles including The Saboteur for Pandemic Studios. He joined CCP North America in 2010 where he worked on World of Darkness, as well as contributing on a pair of EVE Online Major Updates. He later moved on to Xaviant, where he pitched The Culling and saw it in to Steam Early Access before departing to build something he could call his own.


Jim Weinhart

Starting in QA at High Voltage Studios, Jim quickly distinguished himself and moved into Design. After shipping an impressive list of titles, he eventually made the move to Xaviant where he blossomed from Lead Systems Designer to Lead Gameplay Programmer during his time working on Lichdom: Battlemage. In 2016, he finally jumped ship in order to found Shipwright with David and Joe. He enjoys long walks on the beach, and his hobbies include "hashtag nailing it". Whatever that means.