Jackbox Games, Inc. (formerly Jellyvision Games, Inc.) is an American video game developer based in Chicago, Illinois, best known for the You Don't Know Jack series of quiz-based party video games and The Jackbox Party Pack series. Founded by Harry Gottlieb, the company operated as Jellyvision Games from 1995 until its closure in 2001. After seven years of dormancy, Jellyvision Games was revived in 2008, and the company rebranded as Jackbox Games in 2013
The history of Jackbox Games starts with a man named Harry Nathan Gottlieb. In 1989, Gottlieb founded Learn Television, a film development studio focused on creating funny educational films for schools. During this period, Learn Television would partner with Berkeley Systems, the creators of the popular After Dark screensavers for Macintosh computers. This partnership would see the creation of a childrens' trivia game called That's A Fact, Jack!, which would serve as the predecessor for the break-out trivia title, You Don't Know Jack.
You Don't Know Jack kickstarted Learn Television's shift in focus from education to entertainment and a name change, with Learn Television becoming Jellyvision Games. Jellyvision would turn You Don't Know Jack into a franchise of more than 15 titles up until 2003. However, Jellyvision Games would eventually be forced to close after the direction of gaming as a whole changed.
In 2013, Jellyvision Games would branch off into their own company and rebrand themselves one more time. Now known as Jackbox Games, they'd continue to produce You Don't Know Jack games until 2014, when they'd release the first Jackbox Party Pack. This pack included You Don't Know Jack 2015, Drawful, Word Spud, Lie Swatter and Fibbage XL. This first pack included games that were either already classics or would become classics for the Jackbox Party Pack, such as Drawful and Fibbage XL.
Before releasing the first Jackbox Party Pack, Jackbox Games would release a few more standalone titles. Lie Swatter, Clone Booth and Word Putzz all filled the release date gap between the Facebook version of You Don't Know Jack and the first Jackbox Party Pack. All of these stand-alone titles except for Clone Booth would later return in the Jackbox Party Pack series. Part of the reason that the Party Pack series was created was due to the popularity of games like You Don't Know Jack on streaming platforms.
Since 2014, the Jackbox Party Pack has provided people with tons of great party games to play with friends. There have been seven total Jackbox games, with the seventh pack seeing a huge boost in players when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Jackbox Games have continuously experimented with unique ways to interact with programs, using smartphones as controllers in the Jackbox Party Pack games being one such interaction method that let these Party Packs explode in popularity.