November 27th
Idle Champions coming to PlayStation and Xbox 

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, Coming to PlayStation®4 and Xbox One

We are delighted to announce the launch dates of Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this December! If you own a PS4, be sure to check the PlayStation Store on Tuesday 11th December when the game will be available. XB1 owners will be able to install the game on Friday 14th December.

At launch, players will be able to buy a Founder's Pack we've created to celebrate the launch of Idle Champions on both consoles. This awesome new package contains a serious amount of cool content that will enable players to kick off their campaigns in style. But don’t worry - this new pack won’t be console-exclusive! That’s right: the Founders Pack will be available across all platforms, so even if you don't have a PS4 or XB1, you won't miss out!

The launch of Idle Champions on PS4 and XB1 also debuts a significant design update that we're extremely proud of. The game's user interface has been completely redesigned from the ground up to work with console controllers, and we think players will agree that it is a great new look for the game.

Founders Pack

In honor of the launch of Idle Champions on PS4 and XB1, we have created a brand new Founder's Pack to help you kick off your adventure! The Founder's Pack is full of exclusive goodies at an awesome discount!

For USD $19.99, you'll get:
  • 42 Gold Chests.
  • 5 guaranteed Shiny loot cards (50% stronger than their non-shiny counterparts).
  • 5000 Gems that you can use for silver or gold chests, or familiars to help you adventure
  • 10 epic potions and contracts that you can use to help you push further in your adventures.
  • An exclusive buff for 1 week: Increasing the gem drops by bosses by 50%.
  • An exclusive familiar (Iris the Beholder)*
  • An exclusive skin for Celeste (Undead Celeste from Neverwinter's M12 module)
* Iris the Beholder familiar will be available once you reach area 66 in any adventure.

Celebration Week

Our final new big update is that starting on December 14th, we'll be celebrating the launch on Console with a week of in-game freebies on all platforms! That's right, whether you play on PS4, Xbox, PC, iPad or Android tablet, you'll be able to come back for daily rewards during an epic event all week long. All you have to do is log in and play every day to pick up a console celebration chest which has four unique items selected by the Idle Champions team! Collect 4 of the chests to unlock an additional five Gold Chests, and a free Golden Epic card for Joe Manganiello's Arkhan the Cruel!

Mark your calendars! We are very excited to welcome even more fans to the Idle Champions' family.
November 14th
Codename Plays Games for Kids! Extra Life 2018 
Posted in Codename News.

Welcome Back, Extra Life!

It's that time of the year again - and we're not talking about Christmas, though Christmas is pretty great - it's time for Codename Entertainment Extra Life 2018!

For those who may not know, Extra Life is a wonderful program set up to raise donations for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The money raised is donated as unrestricted funds for hospitals to use as needed. But the best part? We can help by doing what we love to do: gaming!

For more information about the Extra Life program, check out their FAQ.

What's the Plan for 2018?

Like in previous years, the Codename Entertainment team will be playing all kinds of games, including TRPG games, board games, card games, and of course, video games. Dave even built a VR streaming setup!

The 24 hours of streaming include:
  • Two Eberron-based D&D sessions, each influenced by donations to the Idle Champions Extra life Page. Two different teams of thieves will attempt to complete Adam's all-new scenario: LIGHTNING TRAIN HEIST!

  • Art galore! Michelle and Alexis will be drawing sketches with pencil and paper and Kat will be drawing a tavern scene! Donations to Kat's Extra Life page get you a character added into the final scene! Follow Kat on Twitter to see her final image!

  • A founders Q&A hour with co-founders Dave and Justin!

  • A Magic the Gathering tournament!

  • Classic SNES games played by Justin and friends!

  • CNE plays the VR game Beat Saber!

  • Our very own version of Hot Ones, mixed with party board games!

  • Plus more!
And when we're not doing scheduled content, you get a bird's eye view of the office, awesome elevator music, and a custom stream overlay made by Dave and Adam, listing our schedule and current donations!

How Can I Help?

We've got a few different things happening this year for Extra Life.

Each of our actively supported games (Bush Whacker 2, Crusaders of the Lost Idols, and Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms) has a special item available for you to purchase in the game. Starting today, and until 10:00am Pacific Time on Wednesday November 21st, all net proceeds from purchases of these special in-game items will be donated to Extra Life!

Additionally, if you are feeling generous and want to donate more, you can contribute to any of the game's pages on Extra Life: Plus you can check out the Codename Entertainment Extra Life page here.

When do you Start?

We have time-gated our stream to this coming weekend, starting on Friday, November 16th, at 9am PST and running for 24 hours until Saturday, November 17th at 9am PST. You'll be able to watch the event in all its glory over on the Codename Entertainment Twitch.

Once again, you can find all our info and more over on the Codename Entertainment Extra Life Team Page.

Wish us luck surviving again!
May 28th
Codename Entertainment welcomes Chris Dupuis 
Posted in Codename News.

Award-Winning Victoria Game Studio Recruits Dungeons & Dragons Producer

VICTORIA, BC – May 28, 2018 - Codename Entertainment announced today the hiring of veteran Wizards of the Coast and Dungeons & Dragons Designer and Producer Chris Dupuis. Dupuis will be overseeing the design, production, and development of the studio’s officially-licensed Dungeons & Dragons game, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, as well as the award-winning Crusaders of the Lost Idols.

"It is an honor to join Codename, and I am excited to be a part of the dynamic video game sector in Victoria," said Dupuis. "This talented team loves games in all forms, which suits me perfectly. I’m looking forward to diving into our current live service games and helping to grow Codename Entertainment’s impressive portfolio in the future."

Dupuis' own award-winning achievements include credits as both a designer and a developer on dozens of major tabletop, role playing, and board games, including:
  • Betrayal at Baldur's Gate
  • Heroscape
  • Risk Legacy
  • Lords of the Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport
  • Temple of Elemental Evil and other D&D Adventure System board games
  • Magic The Gathering: Born of the Gods
  • Kaijudo TCG
  • Dungeon Command
  • Battleship Galaxies
  • Mice & Mystics
“Hiring Chris and adding to the existing talent at the studio has been an enormous achievement,” said Eric Jordan, Codename Entertainment's CEO. "Chris has an impressive resume of world-class games under this belt, and we're delighted to be able to bring him to our beautiful city."
November 28th, 2017
Extra Life 2017 is Almost Upon Us 
Posted in Codename News.

Welcome Back, Extra Life!

It's that time of the year again - and we're not talking about Christmas - it's time for Codename Entertainment Extra Life 2017!

For those who may not know, Extra Life is a wonderful program set up to raise donations for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The money raised is donated as unrestricted funds for hospitals to use as needed. But the best part? We can help by doing what we love to do: gaming!

For more information about the Extra Life program, check out their FAQ.

What's the Plan for 2017!?

We're glad you asked! Like last year, Codename team donations will be going to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. In previous years we have managed to raise upwards of $5000 and dress Clive up like a princess. This year we want to do even better!

For starters, we're stepping up our streaming game this year. Some of you may have noticed that we now stream weekly on the Official Dungeons & Dragons Twitch. The side effect of taking that on is that we have an all-new streaming studio, handcrafted, hand-painted and painstakingly assembled by our very own cofounder, David Whittaker. On top of the Codename Streaming Studio we are aiming to have several camera feeds this year, focused on:
  • Tabletop — all things boardgames and a three-part epic Dungeons & Dragons adventure crafted by Lead Artist Adam Kosh, in which he intends to put our characters through the ringer. Seriously, it sounds nasty, and he never stops cackling about it when we ask him.

  • Multiplayer — the best way to play games is against your friends and in earshot so they can hear your cries of victory and so they are close enough for you to curse them out in defeat. What's it going to be this year? Mercenary Kings? Hellriders? Overcooked? Whatever it is, challenge accepted.

  • Singleplayer — We have some pretty hardcore gamers among our ranks, so from time to time they'll take the spotlight away from the rest of the stream to show us how it's done (or earn our mockery forever). Time to put our money where our mouths are.

We are here for your entertainment, and more importantly, to raise money for kids. There will also be some fun and special donation rewards/perks, like rewards in Codename Entertainment games for all players and the ability to troll our D&D game.

You can find the Codename Entertainment Team Page here.

When do you Start?

We have time-shifted our stream to this coming weekend, starting on Saturday December 2nd at 9am PST until Sunday December 3rd at 9am PST. It has been a hectic couple months dealing with the release of our newest game, Idle Champions, and various other engagements (TwitchCon, Blizzcon, PAX, etc) preventing the gathering of the studio as a whole.

You'll be able to watch the event in all its glory over on the Codename Entertainment Twitch.

Once again, you can find all our info and more over on the Codename Entertainment Extra Life Team Page.

Wish us luck!
September 7th, 2017
Idle Champions Now in Early Access 

VICTORIA, BC – Sept 7, 2017 - Codename Entertainment is proud to announce that Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is now available in Early Access on Steam. Gamers and Dungeons & Dragons fans around the world can begin their quest on PC and Mac today.

Idle Champions is an idle clicker game where players must assemble and organize a party of Champions and master the art of Formation Strategy. Players unlock new Champions, upgrade them to reveal special abilities, and collect epic gear. The key to success is learning how to combine each Champion's abilities to maximize damage or the amount of gold earned. Only then can the player defeat an onslaught of increasingly powerful monsters.

As players upgrade Champions, they choose specializations to increase their power further. Specializations need deep strategic thinking by the player as one specialization may increase the power of an ability but at the cost of another ability. Choices are permanent until the player completes each adventure.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, the world's first idle clicker game set in the celebrated universe of the Forgotten Realms. The game is the award-winning studio's first licensed video game in partnership with Dungeons & Dragons.

Key Features:

Unlock Renowned Champions
Collect renowned Champions from the world of Dungeons & Dragons, including fan-favourites from the Force Grey series. Unlock more Champions and gear to add to your party that will be added to the game in limited-time events after launch.

Formation Strategy
Mastering the position of each Champion to maximize their special abilities is the key to completing each adventure. Each Champion's abilities and gear requires careful thought to create the best combination. Only the most powerful formations will defeat the waves of Dungeons & Dragons monsters.

Explore the Forgotten Realms
Take your Champions on a journey through the Sword Coast. Players will be able to explore familiar locations within the Forgotten Realms as they tackle each adventure. After launch, the game will be updated with content inspired by the official Dungeons & Dragons adventures, starting with a trip to Chult with the Tomb of Annihilation.

Regular Events
The game is updated regularly with limited-time events. Completing events unlocks new Champions and gear to add to the player's collection.

Play Now!

June 27th, 2017
Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms 
Posted in Codename News.

VICTORIA, BC - June 27, 2017 - Codename Entertainment is proud to announce Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, the world's first idle clicker game set in the celebrated universe of the Forgotten Realms®. The game is the studio's first licensed video game in partnership with Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms will take the player on an epic quest throughout the fabled Sword Coast. Newcomers to the world of Dungeons & Dragons will learn about their new home through the game. Seasoned fans will have the opportunity to revisit popular storylines and even learn new knowledge as they play.



Force Grey fans will also discover familiar characters in the game at launch. Two of the starting ten Champions are taken from the popular series.

From launch, the game will feature scheduled updates every month, with new campaigns and regular events, including the recently announced Tomb of Annihilation adventure.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms will be available on PC in Q3 2017.

Sign up for the official newsletter for further information at www.IdleChampions.com and add Idle Champions to your Steam wishlist here.
October 14th, 2016
Codename Extra Life 2016 Is Coming! 
Posted in Codename News.

What is Extra Life?

Extra Life is a fun program set up to raise donations for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Money raised gets donated as unrestricted funds, for the hospitals to use as needed. What's awesome is that you can help by doing what you normally do: game! For more information from the Extra Life program itself, click here.

What's the Plan for 2016?

The Codename team donations will be going to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Last year, we managed to raise just over $5000, beating our modest goal of $1000, mostly due to Clive rocking the Princess gear and Justin's Bush Whacker 2 in-game avatars!

Princess Clive

Custom Bush Whacker 2 NPC



This year, we're starting with a team goal of $3,500. To donate to our team, you can visit here. To find a staff member with a reward you'd like, you can click on the "Roster" button.

We've set aside time on the weekend of Saturday October 22nd from 9am PDT through Sunday October 23rd at 9am PDT for our 24 hours of gaming fun. We'll be taking turns in shifts to play games and chat with our viewers and you can watch it all on our Twitch! We hope to make our fundraising goal while the live broadcast is happening, but you can donate before and after!

For those staff members whose goals require doing things live on the Stream, as we get closer to the date, we'll have a rough idea of when you can see them! Will there be more Pirate Goats?


Pirate Goat!

Extra Life: Gaming for the kids!
July 7th, 2016
Crusaders of the Lost Idols Launched on Mobile 

Crusaders of the Lost Idols is now available on
App Store and Google Play!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 7th 2016: Crusaders of the Lost Idols is the award-winning game where you unlock new Crusaders, level them up, collect gear, and earn achievements as you progress through a fantasy universe. Kongregate is serving as the game’s publisher on mobile platforms.



Crusaders of the Lost Idols is currently one of the most played games on Kongregate.com out more than 109,000 titles and consistently one of the top 2% of games on Steam. It is the only clicker/idle game with a formation strategy feature that has inspired web and PC gamers to log almost 4 million of hours playing time every month.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Formation Strategy: The only clicker/idle game to feature a formation system. Crusader specific abilities, buffs, and gear challenge the player to find the best formation for every campaign and event.
  • Unlock Crusaders: Collect an unusual host of over 30 characters such as The Bat Billionaire, Emo Werewolf, and RoboTurkey inspired by the world of video games and popular culture with more added every month.
  • Over 10,000 Levels: Master six campaigns with dozens of objectives with deep playability and challenge; more campaigns released regularly.
  • Collect Gear, Buffs, and Trinkets: A cornucopia of content with hundreds of unique upgrades for each character, including unique gear, and buffs are available to collect.
  • Daily Quests & Monthly Events: Each day players are challenged to complete mini-objectives, and limited time events featuring special objectives and exclusive new content are released every month.
  • Missions: Send your idle Crusaders on side missions to unlock past Event Crusaders, new gear, earn Enchantment Points and jeweled chests plus more!
  • Simultaneous Play on PC: Continue your adventure seamlessly between mobile and desktop. Log-in with your Kongregate account and play Crusaders simultaneously wherever you are.



"We jumped at the chance to bring Crusaders of the Lost Idols to mobile,” said Kevin DuPuy, Director of Production at Kongregate. “The game's mix of colorful heroes and approachable gameplay have really resonated with players on Kongregate.com. Codename Entertainment has been a fantastic partner and we're excited to bring their game to a whole new audience.”

"We are very excited to enable gamers who enjoy deep RPG and strategy experiences to play Crusaders on mobile devices. Launching on web first gave us the chance to hone game and deliver the highly-rated experience on mobile more seamlessly," said Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment. "Gamers who love the thrill of unlocking and collecting a wealth of unique characters, levelling them up, and applying strategic intellect to win will love our game."

Crusaders of the Lost Idols now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the App Store and for Android devices on Google Play.
June 17th, 2016
Codename Entertainment CEO Joins DigiBC Board 
Posted in Codename News.

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 17, 2016 — Codename Entertainment today announced that CEO Eric Jordan has joined the Board of Directors for DigiBC, the industry association for digital media and wireless companies in British Columbia.

“Eric brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience,” said Patrick Sauriol, Executive Director at DigiBC. “I've admired his passion and commitment towards growing Victoria's video gaming community, and believe he can increase awareness from Vancouver Island's growing tech community about DigiBC's initiatives. It will be great to have Eric on the DigiBC board.”

“It's an honour to be appointed to the board,” said Eric Jordan. “I look forward to working together with the DigiBC board and management team to continue the momentum and growth of the interactive and video games industry here in B.C.”

Previously, Jordan was the CEO and co-founder of PureEdge Solutions which was acquired by IBM. Eric was an Executive-In-Residence at UVic, the President of the Premier's Technology Council and angel investor in Indochino. Eric has served on many boards including Archipelago Marine Research (Chair), BCTIA and VIATeC (Chair).

Since joining Codename Entertainment, Jordan led the launch of the international, award-winning game Crusaders of the Lost Idols. The game has stayed in the Top 2% Most Played Games on Steam and the Top 10 Most Played Games on Kongregate.com and Armorgames.com. On average, players spend almost 4 million hours a month playing Crusaders of the Lost Idols. As a result of the success of Crusaders, Codename has grown 8 to 16 people in the past year.

ABOUT CODENAME ENTERTAINMENT: Codename Entertainment was founded in 2008 in Victoria, B.C. by David Whittaker and Justin Stocks. They started making games for Facebook and evolved into making games for platforms like Kongregate.com, ArmorGames, and Steam.

Codename Entertainment and Crusaders of the Lost Idols are trademarks of Codename Entertainment Inc. All other products named herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

About DigiBC: DigiBC is a member-supported, non-profit organization based in Vancouver but with a mandate to grow digital companies across the province. Its mission is to make B.C. a globally-recognized center for Digital Media and Wireless excellence. Members include world-class companies such as Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive, TELUS, Microsoft, Hootsuite and Sony Interactive. More than 1,300 companies in the Digital Media sector create innovative products in wireless and mobile, video gaming, animation, VFX, web, software, social media, interactive marketing and e-learning. Learn more at www.digibc.org
June 14th, 2016
Crusaders Mobile Launches in More Countries! 

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 14, 2016 – Codename Entertainment announced today that its award-winning clicker/idle game is available on iTunes and Google Play in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland following a successful beta launch in the Philippines.

Crusaders of the Lost Idols will be available globally this summer on July 7, published by Kongregate, the leading publisher of mobile and web games and wholly-owned subsidiary of GameStop Corporation.

"We've been delighted with the test market launch so far with Kongregate. They've been great partners for us as an indie development studio," said Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment. "Now we're ready for more gamers to play Crusaders, and starting today players in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia can get an exclusive look at the game ahead of our global launch this summer."

Crusaders of the Lost Idols is a fantasy strategy game where you unlock new Crusaders, collect gear, and earn achievements. It launched last year and is currently one of the most played games on Kongregate.com out more than 109,000 titles and consistently one of the top 2% of games on Steam. It is the only clicker/idle game with a formation strategy feature which has inspired individual players to log almost 4 million of hours playing time every month.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Formation Strategy: The only clicker/idle game to feature a formation system. Crusader specific abilities, buffs, and gear challenge the player to find the best formation for every campaign and event.
  • Unlock Crusaders: Collect an unusual host of over 30 characters such as The Bat Billionaire, Emo Werewolf and RoboTurkey, inspired by the world of video games and popular culture with more added Every Month.
  • Over 10,000 Levels: Master 6 campaigns with dozens of objectives with deep playability and challenge; more campaigns released regularly.
  • Collect Gear, Buffs, and Trinkets: A cornucopia of content with hundreds of unique upgrades for each character, including unique gear, and buffs are available to collect.
  • Daily Quests: Each day players are challenged to complete mini-objectives that reward success with precious red rubies.
  • Monthly Events: Limited time events featuring special objectives and exclusive new content updated every month.
  • NEW! Missions: Send your idle Crusaders on side missions to unlock past Event Crusaders, new gear, earn Enchantment Points and jeweled chests plus more!
Available worldwide on July 7, Crusaders of the Lost Idols will be available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Google Play for Android devices. Crusaders is available now in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Philippines.