E3 2019 - The recap

Busy as ever: E3 doors are about to open (image source:    www.digitaltrends.com)

Busy as ever: E3 doors are about to open (image source: www.digitaltrends.com)

This is our 10th E3 as Concept Art House and the conference is as busy as ever.  Another crowded E3 saw an impressive list of titles..  One of our most high profile titles was Crystal Dynamic’s Marvel’s Avengers which made the list of Dean Takahashi’s favorite games from E3 2019.  Congratulations to the Crystal Dynamics team.  We’re all looking forward to playing the game!

James and Davis representing CAH in front of 2K’s impressive wall of roses

James and Davis representing CAH in front of 2K’s impressive wall of roses

James and Davis, our CEO and Director of BD, represented Concept Art House.  Special thanks to all our friends, partners, and clients for the meetings, the drinks, the games, and the stories.  See you at E3 2020!

Nexon’s Rocket Arena In Closed Beta

"Nexon and Final Strike Games are revealing Rocket Arena, a first-person multiplayer shooter game where nobody dies.” reported by VentureBeat.  Nexon’s latest title is ahead of schedule in its third phase of closed beta and receiving fantastic feedback from their player base.

Concept Art House worked closely with First Strike Games to develop character concepts during early preproduction. Building game’s identity is one of the most exciting tasks for our artists. 

CAH worked with Final Strike Games on early character concepts such as Kayi.

CAH worked with Final Strike Games on early character concepts such as Kayi.

“Expanding our portfolio of Nexon’s games is always an honor. Furthermore, joining forces with industry veterans from Final Strike Games was an amazing experience. We hope to see this game exceed all expectations,” KJ, VP of Production at CAH.

Classic D&D Fantasy RPGs Coming to Consoles This Fall

After announcing the final part of the Walking Dead franchise, Skybound Games have announced they are partnering with Beamdog to bring enhanced editions of iconic Dungeons & Dragons fantasy RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate, and Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale to console. For the full list of released games and launch click here.

Image: Beamdog

Image: Beamdog

We are eager to see this title live this September. Concept Art House has been working with Beamdog for several months and we can’t wait to show you the beautiful pieces we created.

Niantic and Warner Bros’ Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Is Now Available Worldwide

Image: Niantic Labs / Portkey Games

Image: Niantic Labs / Portkey Games

Niantic Labs and WB games released their latest game which intertwines our world with the Harry Potter universe through Augmented Reality - Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Warner Bros’ subsidiary, Portkey Games, partnered with the creators of the location-based mega hit game - Pokémon Go. As of June 20th, the game has already claimed the first spot on the App Store’s list of Role Playing games to the delight of Harry Potter fans around the world. 

Over the past few months, Concept Art House worked tirelessly with the Warner Bros. team to design and animate many (many!) stickers and items that players will search for and earn as they progress throughout the game.

If you’d like to know more, click here or here. The game is available on both iOS and Android, so make sure to give it a go. Good luck, wizards!

Universal Games Launch Series: Your Story Universe; CAH Sponsored GamesBeat Summit 2019

On April 25th, Universal Games and Digital Platforms published their interactive storytelling game: Series: Your Story Universe, developed by Endless Entertainment.  In Series, fans get to star in authentic stories based on popular film and TV characters, and original stories, including “Vanderpump Rules,” “Saved by the Bell,” the world of “Law & Order,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” and more.

CAH has created dozens of characters players will be interacting with

CAH has created dozens of characters players will be interacting with

For over a year now, our top artists have been working tirelessly to best represent the likeness of a host of characters and personalities in Series. Working closely with the talented team at Universal Games and Digital Platforms and Endless, we were able to help shape Series’ visual identity. Rick, Lead Artist at Endless Entertainment, had this to say about working with us:

“We could not have asked for a better partner than Concept Art House! Their streamlined pipeline, professionalism, and talented team have made working together on our flagship project an enjoyable experience. We highly recommend our friends at Concept Art House.”[SA1]

As big believers in interactive storytelling, we are very excited for our partners at Universal Games and Digital Platforms and Endless. More stories and episodes are already in the works!

Read more about Series: Your Story Universe here and here.

If you want to see our work in Series, you can download it here:

GamesBeat 2019 in Review

Last month, Concept Art House proudly sponsored GamesBeat 2019, which was our third year in a row sponsoring the event.  With almost 500 attendees, it was the largest event yet. The theme this year was Building Gaming Communities at the community-oriented Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles.  The event was all about fun, tribes in gaming, and a subtheme of reinvention according to Dean Takahashi, lead writer at GamesBeat.

"World's First Micro-Amusement Park" as this year's venue for GamesBeat 2019

"World's First Micro-Amusement Park" as this year's venue for GamesBeat 2019

This year, there were 97 speakers across 52 sessions, which produced more than 24 hours of content, which you can follow on VentureBeat’s YouTube channel. Star-studded thought leaders in gaming discussed the hottest games and the trendiest gaming sectors such as esports and blockchain.

The “Blockchain Comes to Games” Panel Moderated by the CEO of CAH

The “Blockchain Comes to Games” Panel Moderated by the CEO of CAH

Our CEO James Zhang moderated one such panel where Kevin Chou of Forte, Arthur Madrid of Animoca Brands’ Pixowl, Miko Matsumura of Gumi Cryptos, and Roy Liu of Tron Foundation discussed the future of blockchain technology in games. Following the GamesBeat Summit, Dean Takanashi broke down why we should all monitor this technology alongside major questions raised.

If you want to catch up on these and many more topics covered in LA, check out the talks available here and here. 

GamesBeat remains one of our favorite events and we look forward to sponsoring and attending again in 2020.  Keep up the great job, GamesBeat team!

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Coming to E3?

 This June, we’ll be in Los Angeles for E3, so if you happen to be there between June 11th and 13th drop us a line and let’s meet up!

Distopian Novel by CAH Chairman, Matthew Le Merle

In the meantime, head over to our blog to learn about the latest book by our chairman, Matthew Le Merle. His previous work secured him Amazon’s International Best Selling Author title two times over.

CAH Chairman Launches Dystopian Future Book With Art By CAH

Matthew Le Merle, Amazon’s two-time International Best Selling Author, has just published his first SciFi novel: “Second Chance”.  Taking place in the future not too far and not too near from now, the story takes the reader on a turbulent journey where Bella and Adam, the main characters, try to escape frightful destiny and get another opportunity to make things right.

Illustrations done by CAH’s Lead Artist

The book is graced with stunning illustrations by CAH’s Lead Artist, Ken Chou. His work drives the powerful visual side of the story, helping the reader feel eerie empathy with the distorted lives of its heroes.

You can get a copy of “Second Chance” on Amazon.




CAH Co-Sponsoring GamesBeat Summit 2019

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For our 3rd year in a row, Concept Art House will proudly sponsor GamesBeat Summit 2019.  GamesBeat Summit attracts the most influential names in gaming.  This year is no different with executives and thought leaders from publishers and developers to Esports and blockchain.  

This year’s theme is “Building Gaming Communities”.  Experts and panelists will discuss the strength of gaming communities across free to play, AAA console games, VR/AR, and other virtual worlds.  Other topics are the latest trends in the convergence of sci-fi, tech, and games; the future of game technology; monetization; the rise of influencers; and the oncoming changes from blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Panelists discuss Gaming Ecosystems in China at GamesBeat 2018

Panelists discuss Gaming Ecosystems in China at GamesBeat 2018

On the topic of Blockchain, our CEO, James Zhang, will be moderating a panel where Kevin Chou of Forte, Arthur Madrid of Animoca Brands’ Pixowl, Miko Matsumura of Gumi Cryptos, and Roy Liu of Tron Foundation will be discussing the future of blockchain technology in games.


This year, the 2 day Conference will be held at Two Bit Circus in LA on April 23rd and 24th.  Please drop us a line if you plan to be there.  Our crew will be happy to meet up!

GDC 2019 in Review

When 27 game developers got together in Chris Crawford’s living room in 1988 in San Jose, it is very likely that not a single one of them would’ve believed that 31 years later that same conference would gather 28,000 gaming aficionados.


Like every year, CAH used this opportunity to host over 70 meetings in our office. Meeting up with people behind games from each and every genre and platform out there provides a very comprehensive perspective of the gaming space.

The spirits were high at our annual GDC party

The spirits were high at our annual GDC party

Additionally, CAH hosted its annual private party for over 200 friends and colleagues at a gorgeous downtown venue. Drinks were had, food was enjoyed and connections were deepened. The insights we gathered suggest 2019 will be big on famous IP titles, narrative based games and more platform options than ever before.

Cheers to a greatly successful GDC!

Cheers to a greatly successful GDC!

GDC is often used for some of the most exciting announcements and this year was no different. The biggest news was dropped by Google, where they finally unveiled Stadia. Aiming to completely revolutionize the way we think of a “standard” gaming setup, it will be interesting to see what this fully cloud based approach will look like when it launches this fall.

28,000 attendees made the show floor buzz with excitement

28,000 attendees made the show floor buzz with excitement

Another groundbreaking announcement was made by Oculus which is trying to optimize the VR experience with its Oculus Rift S, ditching the room sensors and ramping up the graphics significantly. Of course, these are just a couple of highlights in the sea of announcements of new and revamped titles, emerging technologies, discussed topics and much more. You can learn more about GDC news here.

We at CAH are looking forward to all the projects and collaborations that sparked during the conference days. If you haven’t had a chance to say hi last week feel free to send us an email, we are more than happy to answer any questions.

Gong Xi Fa Cai - Happy Lunar New Year!

Image courtesy: Haojun Qi

Image courtesy: Haojun Qi

In the year of the pig, we can hope for fun, good fortune and wealth, according to Chinese astrologists. We welcome those with open arms, as one of the biggest celebrations in the world comes to an end. The pig in Chinese zodiac is known to be a faithful friend, but also very stylish and perfectionism oriented. Sounds like the stars are aligned for a prosperous year!

For last year, the year of the dog, here’re some statistics of what we accomplished:

  • We delivered on 251 projects last year for 70 clients last year

  • 11 of our games from last year alone were Top 100 grossing titles on Appstores.

  • On average, that’s 1 project every work day!

  • We delivered almost 100,000 hours of artwork to our amazing clients.

  • Each of our artists delivered about 130 hours of approved work each month

And because we believe in great work/life balance, we found many reasons to play. We finished our year with a big annual party celebration in Shanghai over food and drinks.  

CAH Shanghai team celebrates the Year of the Pig!

CAH Shanghai team celebrates the Year of the Pig!

The ladies from the US office enjoying some New Year Dim Sum! (Thank you, Seasun!)

The ladies from the US office enjoying some New Year Dim Sum! (Thank you, Seasun!)

Sneak peak ahead:

One of our favorite projects from last year is Endless Entertainment’s IP inspired narrative game called “SERIES”.  These are some of America’s favorite stories that we’re helping bring to life. Series: Your Story Universe is currently available on Google Play in the US, Canada and Australia for a limited period. Global release is expected in 2019.

Endless Entertainment lets the audience play with their favorite TV stars.

Endless Entertainment lets the audience play with their favorite TV stars.

February also means GDC is around the corner! Will you be heading over to San Francisco on March 18? If so, drop us a line and let’s catch up!

New Year - Same CAH... Only Leveled Up

It’s the time of the year when you tie loose ends, collect your thoughts and plan how to make the year ahead the best one yet. That’s why we were setting the ground for future success throughout 2018.

It has certainly been the year of learning for Concept Art House. We put a lot of effort into leveling up even more. And to help us on this journey, we collaborated with highly recognized artists in our industry who selflessly shared their expertise. We also leveraged knowledge and experience of our own employees through talks and workshops.

In 2018, we had the pleasure of hosting experts both in our San Francisco and Shanghai office. Blizzard’s very own Jeremy Cranford flew all the way to China to spend a few days with our talented artists and share bits of his vast knowledge gathered during 16+ years in the gaming industry.

Jeremy Cranford during his visit to CAH office in Shanghai

Jeremy Cranford during his visit to CAH office in Shanghai

A few months later, our team in San Francisco had the pleasure of hosting Karl Lindberg, Senior Concept Artist at Industrial Lights & Magic. Our Project Managers gathered to learn about art techniques from someone who shaped the look and feel of Jurassic World (Universal Pictures), Jungle Book (Walt Disney Pictures), and Kong - Skull Island (Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures), to name just a few.

Karl Lindberg with CAH Artists and Project Managers

Karl Lindberg with CAH Artists and Project Managers

Priceless knowledge we gain every time we have the pleasure of learning from such reputable and acknowledged professionals allows us to keep the role we have in our clients’ projects - an extension of their own team. And this is not the only way we level up. Our team consists of professionals who have been in the industry for decades. Learning from each other is what we encourage and appreciate immensely.

This is why we took a few months to craft and organize Project Management Workshop where some of our most experienced co-workers shared everything they learned over the years on over a dozen topics. It’s safe to say that these meetings made our office the loudest on the floor because, in addition to learning, they were a great deal of fun. And, since no course or program is complete without a certificate, we made sure that all the hard-working students have gotten one upon successful completion.

A few of our Project Managers upon completing the CAH 101 Project Management training

A few of our Project Managers upon completing the CAH 101 Project Management training

Success happens when you’re ready for it. This is why CAH keeps on actively leveling up, so that we justify the trust our clients put in us every time we’re invited to help along their creative journey. In 2018, we were fortunate to have collaborated on big, bold, chart-topping games - and not only as art providers. We were an integral part of the art direction, leadership, brain storming, exploring and defining the end product. With the knowledge, experience and dedication we have, we cannot wait to see what 2019 prepared for us. We can only promise it will be great!