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Who are we?

We love simulation games. We think there should be more of them, so we started SomaSim in 2013 to make more of them. We live and work in the amazing city of Chicago.

Our current game, City of Gangsters, was released on August 9, 2021. City of Gangsters is a management tycoon game, where you start a criminal operation from nothing and grow it into a well-oiled money machine. The Atlantic City DLC was released in November 2021, Criminal Record in March 2022 and future additions and expansions are in the works.

Our previous game, Project Highrise was released in 2016. Project Highrise is a deep and complex simulation of a modern skyscraper. The Las Vegas expansion pack was released in 2017 and several content packs have followed.

We released our first game, 1849, in May 2014. Inspired by classics like the Caesar and Pharaoh series of games, 1849 is a city management game set in the California Gold Rush. In September of 2014, we added the Nevada Silver expansion pack to 1849.

Robert Zubek

Rob builds all of the tech for all of our games. Everything the AI does, every NPC path, every game system and pretty much every line of code came from Rob’s keyboard. Rob frequently gets his hands dirty when it comes to game design and art direction.

Previously, he was a principal software engineer at Zynga, where he built large-scale social games such as CityVille and FarmVille 2. Prior to Zynga, he developed online game infrastructure at Three Rings Design and console games at Electronic Arts/Maxis. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 2005.

Matthew Viglione

Matt does most of the game design, writing and art direction. Matt likes to design (overly) complex game systems that make Rob’s life as a game programmer difficult.

Before starting to make games, he spent over a decade in communications, previously as the director of communications for Catholic Charities in San Francisco. A graphic designer by training, anything done in print, in a video, online, in newspaper, on the side of a bus, or anywhere else for Catholic Charities, came out of Matt’s office.