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Thunderful Group announces Rising Star Games acquisition

Published by Jack Taylor     July 3, 2018     18:30 UTC

The Thunderful Group, which comprises companies including Image & Form and Zoink Games, has acquired publisher Rising Star Games.

The acquisition is Thunderful's first outside of Sweden, and will see it use the Rising Star Games brand for Japanese games that are published in the west; other games will be published by Thunderful Publishing.

Thunderful is a Swedish group established last December by Bergsala Holding, Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson, and Zoink Games's Klaus Lyngeled; as well as the latter two game developers, it also includes the Thunderful Publishing arm.

Thunderful Publishing's managing director Ed Valiente, formerly of Nintendo of Europe, will also take on the role of managing director at Rising Star Games following the acquisition.

Bergsala previously held Rising Star Games shares, and these have all been purchased by Thunderful in order to bring it fully in-house.