Tigon studios was founded in 2002 by actor Vin Diesel
with the express goal of developing symbiotic film and game properties. Their first project was The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
, a collaboration with Starbreeze Studios
, and a prequel to Vin's 2000 film Pitch Black (and its sequel).
A tigon is a hybrid feline whose father is a tiger and whose mother is a lion -- perhaps a reference to Vin Diesel's renowned hybrid vigour or more broadly to the synthesizing of the disparate entertainment realms of film and gaming the company straddles.