THQ Nordic Purchased Coffee Stain Studios and Bugbear; Now Has 35 Unannounced Games in Development

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Nov 14, 2018
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THQ Nordic has announced two studio acquisitions today. They have purchased Coffee Stain Studios (Deep Rock Galactic) and Bugbear Entertainment (Wreckfest). Below you can find the customary statements from the respective executives.

Lars Wingefors, CEO of THQ Nordic, said:

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We are creating a complementary digital native pillar to THQ Nordic. Coffee Stain is a passionate and highly competent team creating and publishing great games. After some years without major releases, the pipeline of new game releases such as Satisfactory and Deep Rock Galactic look strong. I look forward to working together with Anton Westbergh and his team in the future.

Anton Westbergh, CEO of Coffee Stain, added:

I strongly believe that THQ Nordic is a great home for Coffee Stain. In addition to having long experience within games development and publishing, THQ Nordic has the skills, willingness and capital to support our new releases and growth in the future.

Lars Wingefors, CEO of THQ Nordic, said:

We have been working together with Janne Alanenpää and his team since 2016, and see continued great potential in Wreckfest as well as in Bugbear’s future games pipeline. Janne Alanenpää is a legend within action racing games, and the Bugbear team will bring important development capabilities earned from creating outstanding games during almost two decades. We are very excited to have been able to acquire Bugbear and their portfolio and our aim is to build Wreckfest together into a major franchise for THQ Nordic with the release to console coming up first in time.

Janne Alanenpää, CEO of Bugbear Entertainment, added:

We are very excited to join forces with the THQ Nordic team. I believe THQ Nordic will become a perfect home for Bugbear to support our passion for games and for our customer. We look forward to accelerate our development of high quality racing games to contribute to THQ Nordic’s portfolio and future growth.

It is not a coincidence that the announcements came today, since THQ Nordic just published their Q3 2018 financial report, too. The publisher is doing well and CEO Lars Wingefors recalled the recent acquisitions of important IPs like Alone in the Dark, Kingdoms of Amalur and TimeSplitters. He also said the publisher is working on fifty-five games right now, thirty-five of which haven’t been announced yet.

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