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Louis Castle in the late 2000s
Westwood Studios (1985 - 2003)
Louis J. Castle is a video game programmer, designer and producer. He co-founded Westwood Studios with Brett Sperry in 1985. He was a major creative contributor to the Command & Conquer series since the original Command & Conquer from 1995, as well as Young Merlin, Blade Runner, and the Lands of Lore series, among others.
After the studio was closed, Castle moved to Electronic Arts Los Angeles, to which Westwood's assets had been merged and has some of its staff transferred along with the secondary studio, Westwood/EA Pacific. At EA Los Angeles, Castle was the vice-president of creative development, and continued to contribute to the Command & Conquer and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth series. His work was not limited to the RTS team within EA Los Angeles, as he produced Boom Blox and Boom Blox Bash Party in cooperation with the film director Steven Spielberg.
In June 2009, Castle left the company and made frequent shifts in studios, and even briefly left the gaming industry as he became the chief strategy officer of Shufflemaster (later known as SHFL Entertainment). He returned to the game industry with Kixeye's 2016 game War Commander: Rogue Assault. As of 9 March 2017, he has been the studio lead of Amazon Game Studios Seattle.
In 2015, Castle and Sperry received the Industry Icon Award at The Game Awards in the name of Westwood Studios.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- Spotlight Awards (GDC) 1999 - Lifetime Achievement Award
- BAFTA 2009 - for Boom Blox (along with Steven Spielberg and Amir Rahimi)