Sixteen Tons Entertainment

Sixteen Tons Entertainment is a German computer game developer company based in Tübingen and Berlin, which emerged from the brand label of the Tübingen game developer Promotion Software. The company was founded in 1993 by Ralph Stock.[1] Sixteen Tons Entertainment became known through the Emergency series and Mad TV.

Sixteen Tons Entertainment
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FounderRalph Stock (CEO)
Number of employees
ParentPhoenix Games (2020–present)



Sixteen Tons Entertainment was originally a brand label of the Tübingen company Promotion Software. In the 1990s, advertising adventures were developed in the studio, as well as indirect successors to the strategy game Mad TV (Caribbean Disaster, Mad News) and Hurra Germany, a game for the 1994 federal election.

In 1998, Emergency was released, the first in a series of real-time strategy games. Further successors to the game series followed until 2017, for the PC and mobile platforms. In 2018, Emergency HQ, the first free-to-play game for the series, was released.

Between 2004 and 2009, board game conversions to games by Reiner Knizia (Keltis, Simply Genial) and educational software for children to the Willi-wills-wissen television series followed.

In 2009, a second studio was founded in Babelsberg near Potsdam. The Potsdam studio moved to Berlin in 2017.[2]

On January 15, 2020, it was announced that Sixteen Tons Entertainment was taken over by Phoenix Games. Founder Ralph Stock will remain managing director of the company.[3]

Development Studios

  • Sixteen Tons Studio Tübingen, Gründungsstudio
  • Sixteen Tons Studio Berlin (formed in 2009)




  1. ^ "Sixteen Tons Entertainment – About Us". Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Sixteen Tons Entertainment – About Us". Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Phoenix Games kauft "Emergency"-Entwickler". Retrieved 13 April 2022.