In The Beginning…
The seed of Soma Games was first put to paper in 2005 with the hairy and audacious goal of sharing the Kingdom of God through video games. “Good luck with that,” right? Full of the strength of our convictions we fancied ourselves the “C.S. Lewis of Gaming” and endeavored to tell rich and engaging tales, both allegorical and thematic, that might make “those who may never attend a church … ponder eternal things.” We chose to follow after the creators of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, or Lord of the Rings, where devout authors wove enchanting tales for all readers, not only the elect. But for us, it was through the new and exploding medium of digital interactivity, AKA Video Games.
As ambitious as that goal was, we always knew that the “Games” in our name was only the tip of an iceberg. Soma would start there, but inevitably expand into other mediums like books, films, and music; really anywhere that beauty and creativity took their roots.
Back then we had a 3-person web-dev shop called Code-Monkeys, but when it came to gaming we had to learn everything the hard way. In hindsight that was a blessing in disguise as it allowed us the time to discover and consolidate our unique corporate culture and best-practices. As of 2021 we’ve built the longest continuously-operational Christian game studio in history. Code-Monkeys has been renamed Soma SoftWorks, and our heart for discipleship and “corporate missionaries” has blossomed into Soma SoulWorks, a new ministry branch of our organization.
With a dozen of our own titles on as many platforms, hundreds of apps and games built for others, over 2 million downloads, scores of papers, lectures, awards and cultural artifacts, and now thousands of subscribers to our newsletters, videos, and podcasts, we’ve established an unorthodox yet sturdy beachhead in a sector many said was impossible to penetrate. The road taken was not the one we expected all those years ago but it has led us to vistas and opportunities unforeseen. Gaming has grown and changed tremendously in that decade and a half, and here we are, still standing, improving, and growing in opportunity and excellence.
- Influence: To use the platform, opportunities, and voices we’ve been granted to nudge those within our sphere of Influence upward.
- Beauty: To embrace and explore Beauty for the sake of Beauty and to express it as a fundamental reflection of the Creator of Creation.
- Discipleship: To seek out, bring in, and raise up a platoon of Warrior Poets. Whole and healthy men and women, trained and commissioned to be sent out and change the world.
- Rally: To use technology and position to find and connect individuals, companies and ministries in the sphere of celebration toward common goals and the common good.