Thunderful Development opens studio i Malmö
In August this year Thunderful Development moves into the Game Habitat DevHub in Malmö. Thus, the game development arm of Thunderful Group takes the first step towards establishing themselves permanently outside of Western Sweden. Heading up operations is Markus Månsson, a born-and-bred Malmö native, who’s spent the last few years as senior game designer at Image & Form, one of Thunderful’s three game development studios.
“I’m very excited to bring The Thunder home to Malmö. I’ve had many nice years up in Gothenburg and look forward to expanding our vision on what great game design is. It’s a new Thunderful setting, but we’ll naturally stay in close touch with our sister offices in Göteborg and Skövde,” says Markus Månsson.
Klaus Lyngeled, Head of Development at Thunderful, is pleased.
“We’ll start recruiting from scratch at Thunderful Malmö, but we expect to grow fairly quickly. We’ve got loads of fun ideas and tasks, and Malmö is brimming with good, well-educated game developers. I’ve got a very good feeling about this.”
In just under a year Thunderful Development has grown from 45 to just around 100 developers. Thunderful Group CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson thinks the time is right to expand to the south.
“In December last year we acquired Skövde-based Guru Games, and they’ve already come a long way in developing ideas that we wanted to realize,” says Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “The first thing we did there was to call it Thunderful Skövde, so that everyone could feel they were a part of something bigger. Markus is the right man to bring our secret sauce to Malmö, to find new team members and expand the Thunderful culture. We develop world-class games simply because we always try to do everything right. That ground rule is just as valid when it comes to expansion.”