The Game Development Scene in Stockholm

A guide to the hottest new game developers

Joseph Michael
Jul 13, 2016 · 5 min read

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

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Highest concentration of gaming studios on earth — Södermalm, Stockholm

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

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Funrock

  • Targeting the middle-east market
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Lionbite Studios

  • Founded by industry veteran and gaming journalist Victor Leijonhufvud
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Resolution Games

  • VR Game Developer
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Fast Travel Games

  • New VR-game studio
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Like a boss games

  • Founded by Alex Aguilera and other game veterans from studios like King, Stardoll.com and EA
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Poppermost

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Hazelight

  • Founded by movie director Josef Fares, who previously worken on games like Brothers at Starbreeze
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The Outsiders

  • Founded by industry veterans Ben Cousins, and David Goldfarb, previous Lead Designers, developers and writers at major stuidos like DICE.
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Snowprint Studios

  • Founded by Alexander Ekvall, former director of product for Candy Crush at King
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Angelsware

  • Newly opened independent game studio with focus on developing games and simulations for mobile platforms.
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Rubberbrain

  • Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson’s new game studio
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Right Nice Games

  • New indie game studio in Stockholm. 5-man team led by Kevin Martinez
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Robtop Games

  • Creator of Geometry Dash, downloaded over 100 million times
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Axolot games

  • First game, Scrap Mechanics, had 90'000 downloads and $1,1 million in revenue in the first 5 days of release

These are just some of the studios/startups in the Stockholm gaming scene.

Other activities in gaming

There are events where you can meet new game developers and there are trips organized specifically for investors to meet with game entrepreneurs.

The ones who know the most about this topic is The Swedish Game Association. For all the charts and facts you need, check out their Game Developer Index.

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!

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