Stardock was founded by 20 year old college student Brad Wardell to help pay for school. Incorporated in 1993, Stardock focused on developing software for IBM’s OS/2 operating system. Wardell wrote the OS/2 game Galactic Civilizations between taking electrical engineering classes and teaching digital logic lab, and helping run the university Macintosh lab.
In March of 2003, Stardock released a remake of the game that started it all, Galactic Civilizations as part of its 10 year anniversary. The game quickly climbed to the top of the charts making it to #5 on Amazon.com's best seller list and achieving both critical and commercial success in other media as well.