This is Thunderful

Thunderful AB was founded in December 2017 as a parent company to Gothenburg, Sweden-based game development studios Image & Form International AB and Zoink AB, two of the most successful studios in the Swedish gaming industry. The merger positions Thunderful as a veritable videogaming powerhouse on all platforms. The company can now act more forcefully and bring something very attractive to the market. The Thunderful family consists of four sister-companies wholly owned by Thunderful AB: Image & Form International AB, Zoink AB, Thunderful Publishing AB, and Rising Star Games Inc.

Have you met Ed?

Ed Valiente joined Thunderful after 8 years at Nintendo of Europe where, as Business Development Manager, he managed relationships with third-party publishers and developers (and occasionally wore weird jumpers in Nintendo Direct broadcasts). Prior to Nintendo, he also worked at Sony, Square, Elixir, Microsoft, and Rovio over a 20-year career.

Ed’s responsible for managing the portfolio of Image & Form- and Zoink-developed titles as well as scouting for new games to publish under the Thunderful label.

“Something, something, leverage; something, something, synergy. Nice people, great games and a cool city. How could I say no?”

Ed Valiente, Director of Publishing

Our Thunderful siblings

Image & Form was founded two decades ago by Brjann Sigurgeirsson, who has run the company ever since. After creating a broad range of edutainment titles Image & Form started developing games for a broader audience in 2009. With the SteamWorld game franchise, the studio has asserted itself as a strong developer and publisher on all modern platforms and markets. In 2017 Image & Form won several Game of the Year nominations and awards for SteamWorld Dig 2, and are currently working on new IPs as well as new SteamWorld games.

Zoink was founded in 2011 by CEO Klaus Lyngeled, who among other awards has been named Nordic Game Designer of the Year. Zoink has developed a host of innovative games, and are driven by passion and creativity. The studio made headlines when Electronic Arts, known for game franchises such as Battlefield and FIFA, clinched the contract to publish Zoink’s pioneering game Fe, released in February 2018. The studio is also developing Ghost Giant with Sony for PlayStation VR.

Rising Star Games is a video games publisher with a long standing history of bringing a diverse range of titles to market across all key platforms spanning handhelds, consoles and PC. Their portfolio of over 130 video games includes widely recognised brands such as Hello Kitty, Harvest Moon, and Cooking Mama, to cult titles such as Deadly Premonition and Virtue’s Last Reward. They invest great care and years of experience into each project they take on.