Bungie is an American video game developer currently based in Washington State. The company was founded in May 1991 by University of Chicago undergraduate students Alex Seropian, who later brought in programmer Jason Jones. Originally based in Chicago, Illinois, the company concentrated primarily on Macintosh games during its early years, producing the popular Marathon and Myth series; a West Coast studio produced the video game console title Oni. Microsoft acquired Bungie in 2000, and their then-current project, first-person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved, was repurposed into a launch title for Microsoft's new Xbox game console. Halo went on to become the Xbox's "killer app", selling millions of copies and spawning a billion dollar franchise.
- May 1991, Founded as Bungie Software Products Corporation.
- June 19 2000, Bungie Software Products Corporation was acquired by Microsoft and had their name changed to Bungie Studios.
- October 1 2007, Bungie Studios split from Microsoft becoming a privately held company named Bungie, LLC.
- April 2010, Bungie, LLC entered into a 10-year publishing agreement with Activision Blizzard.
- June 30 2011, Bungie, LLC launched the "Bungie Aerospace" project. The project is intended to provide independent game developers with publishing, resources, and support, including access to the Bungie.net platform.
- 2012, Bungie, LLC changed their name to Bungie, Inc.
- 2019, Bungie, Inc. terminated its publishing deal with Activision; after eight years.