The Game Development Scene in Stockholm
A guide to the hottest new game developers
Stockholm is home to major games like Candy Crush, Minecraft and Battlefield. It’s no wonder that the city’s gaming sector has been ranked the most competitive in the world.
The most well-known gaming studios in Stockholm are Dice, Mojang, King, Starbreeze, Paradox Interactive and Rovio who are behind games like Battlefield, Minecraft, Candy Crush, Payday, Cities Skyline and Angry Birds 2
Stockholm the most competetive gaming industries in the world, attracting thousands of game developers from around the world. The industry is also growing rapidly, with more new studios, investments and recruitments than ever before.
Here are some of the fastest rising stars in Stockholm:
Hottest new game studios
- Targeting the middle-east market
- Rasied $2M to date
- Key people include industry veterans Lars Hageling (co-founder of Starbreeze) and David Wallinder (developed one of Sweden’s first hit web games, MusicManager, at the age of 16)
- Releasing first game, Rivality Zombie Attack, soon.
- Founded by industry veteran and gaming journalist Victor Leijonhufvud
- Set to release its first title Rain of Reflections
- Raised a first round of investment from the previous majority owner of worlds largest tech festival Dreamhack.
- VR Game Developer
- Founded by ex-King executive Tommy Palm who is credited as the mastermind behind Candy Crush Saga.
- First game, Bait, was downloaded over 150,000 times in it’s first week of release.
- Resolution games raised $6M led by Google Ventures, the highest funding round of a VR game studio to date.
Fast Travel Games
- New VR-game studio
- Very experienced founding team consisting of Oskar Burman (previous executive at Rovio) Kristoffer Benjaminsson (previous execuditve at Frostbite Labs) and Erik Odeldahl (previous chief of design at Dice where he worked on games such as Mirror’s Edge)
- Raised undisclosed seed round
Like a boss games
- Founded by Alex Aguilera and other game veterans from studios like King, Stardoll.com and EA
- Focused on mobile, social sports games
- Raised $600,000 seed round
- Set to release Snow, an open-world free to play winter sports game.
- Raised $1.54M in 3 Rounds from 2 Investors
- Founded by movie director Josef Fares, who previously worken on games like Brothers at Starbreeze
- Unique partnership with EA who will distribute their games and invested/financed $3,7 million for game development
- Founded by industry veterans Ben Cousins, and David Goldfarb, previous Lead Designers, developers and writers at major stuidos like DICE.
- Previously worked on games like Battlefield and Payday 3
- Said to be currently working on PC role-playing game
- Founded by Alexander Ekvall, former director of product for Candy Crush at King
- Set to release a RPG games with nordic theme
- Newly opened independent game studio with focus on developing games and simulations for mobile platforms.
- Founded by Joachim Klahr, previous senior game developer at King
- Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson’s new game studio
- Based in Stureplan, Stockholm
- Very little is known about the studio
Right Nice Games
- New indie game studio in Stockholm. 5-man team led by Kevin Martinez
- Set to release first game Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island
- Creator of Geometry Dash, downloaded over 100 million times
- One-man studio with 97% profit margin
- First game, Scrap Mechanics, had 90'000 downloads and $1,1 million in revenue in the first 5 days of release
- Founded by former game journalist Kacper Antonius and developer Pontus Holmbom.
These are just some of the studios/startups in the Stockholm gaming scene.
Other activities in gaming
The leading breeding ground for game developers is Future Games, where several game studios were founded.
This year a brand new gaming incubator with be launched in Stockholm. The program is run by STING and backed by several strong partners and leading profiles in the Swedish gaming industry. There is also a game accelerator called Stugan where developers work hard over a summer in a traditional Swedish cabin.
If you’re an investor, entrepreneur or developer who would like to engage with the gaming sector in Stockholm, get in touch! The City of Stockholm would love to be your host.