ABOUT FIFTH COLUMN GAMES
Fifth Column was founded by Andrew Marsh, Adam Lipski, and Mike Fahmie. After years of working on other people's games in other people's studios, they decided it would be more fun to make their own. Together they represent over 20 years in the industry and a wealth of expertise in nearly all aspects of game development.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
BS Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
Pawn Stars: The Game (Facebook), Mighty Pirates (Facebook), Happy Pets (Facebook), Restaurant Life (Facebook), Spin-It-Up Slots (Facebook), Know-It-All Trivia (Facebook), World War II (Facebook), MLB 2K9 (360/PS3), Iron Man (360/PS3), Gretzky NHL 2006 (PS2/PSP), Gretzky NHL 2005 (PS2/PSP)
Star Control 2, Civilization, X-COM: UFO Defense, Dominion, Portal, Rock Band, Halo, and StarCraft
Andy has been in video games a really long time. He contributes heavily to design, but also to engineering, creative direction, and all the other, not-so-fun parts of running the studio. When not at work Andy is an accomplished trombonist, a competitive Dominion player, and he also has two cats who can defy gravity.
Founder, Chief Technical Officer
BS Computer Science from Princeton University, Princeton NJ
Happy Pets (Facebook), Happy Aquarium (Facebook), Restaurant Life (Facebook), Know-It-All-Trivia (Facebook), World War II (Facebook), High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance! (Wii/360/PC/PS2), Tony Hawk Proving Ground (Wii/PS2), Godfather The Game (Mob Wars) (PSP), Gretzky NHL 2006 (PS2/PSP), Gretzky NHL 2005 (PS2/PSP)
San Francisco, CA
Halo, Rock Band, and Dance Central
As Fifth Column's CTO, Adam is in charge of the technical direction of game development. He oversees the integration of new or emergent technology into our games, guides our engineering, and makes sure that nothing explodes. Adam is also an expert-level everything in Rock Band, has a beautiful daughter named Maya, and is someone you don't want to get into a dance-off with. Seriously.
Founder, Chief Operating Officer
BS Computer Engineering at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA
Happy Island (Facebook), High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE! (360/PS2/Wii/PC), Tony Hawk: Proving Ground (PS2/Wii), Superman Returns (DS/GBA)
San Francisco, CA
Star Control 2, Civilization, X-COM: UFO Defense, Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, Sword of Aragon, Oblivion, Bridge Builder, River City Ransom, and Halo.
Mike is an optimistic cynic and a firm believer in the practice of do-more-with-less. He runs the studio with an eye for efficiency and quality, minimizing wasted cycles while preserving the integrity of the product. Mike also writes for a webcomic called Virtual Shackles, likes coffee a little too much, and types on the weirdest keyboard you've ever seen.
The talent at Fifth Column doesn't stop at our founders. "Happy employees" comes right above "make money" and right below "don't go bankrupt" in our corporate priorities, and because of that we're proud to say that we've assembled one of the most talented, creative, and fun staffs in the industry. We'd drop names and pictures, but we don't want you to poach them.
Everyone at Fifth Column has game, tech, or art hobbies. Some of us grew up making games, some of us grew up playing games. We dig board games, card games, video games, and we love having fun together. We write screenplays, make webcomics, cook delicious food, play music, breathe fire, create games of our own, visit conventions, throw parties, and when we're at the office, we work really hard at making the best games we can possibly make.