Thunderful acquires British publisher Rising Star Games from Bergsala Holding.

Sweden M&A 03 July 2018
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Thunderful, a Gothenburg, Sweden-based group managing publishing and distribution of gaming titles, announced the acqusition of UK-headquartered gaming house Rising Star Games.

The deal, which has the financial details undisclosed, was made with Bergsala Holding, which also is a shareholder in Thunderful.

The new managing director for Rising Star Games will be Ed Valiente, who is also the managing director of Thunderful Publishing.

Rising Star Games have offices in the UK and the US, and have titles in the works that will be released under the current label. RSG’s tagline is “the home of Japanese games”, and Thunderful Publishing will use the Rising Star Games brand when bringing strong titles from Japan to the west. Future western titles will be published by Thunderful Publishing.

Thunderful, led by CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson, was founded in December 2017 as a parent company to game development studios Image & Form International AB and Zoink AB, another gaming veterans from Sweden.

The company, owned by Bergsala Holding (50%) and Thunderful founders, Brjann Sigurgeirsson and Klaus Lyngeled (each with 25%), was formed aiming for two objectives: PR, marketing and publishing of internal titles, under one entity, and build another separate publishing entity (Thunderful Publishing).