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Thunderful Grows Its Publishing Power With Rising Star Games Acquisition

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As of today, Sweden-based publisher Thunderful has acquired publisher Rising Star Games. RSG, which has offices in the US and UK, is the publisher SteamWorld Dig 2, Trailblazers, Decay of Logos, Assault Suit Leynos, 88 Heroes, and a whole lot more. In a press release, Thunderful broke down the two key points that support the move:

1 - to achieve close and effective collaboration between Image & Form and Zoink Games on PR, marketing and publishing of internal titles.

2 - to set up a publishing powerhouse – Thunderful Publishing – where the proven self-publishing capabilities of the studios are reinforced through recruitment and acquisition to be able to also take on external titles that can match those of Image & Form and Zoink in quality.

As a result of this deal, Thunderful Publishing managing director Ed Valiente will also be filling the role of managing director for Rising Star Games

“Once he knew what we were planning, getting Ed hooked on the idea was easy,” says Thunderful CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson in the press release. “It’s the first time we recruit from outside Sweden, so it’s been a good exercise in dealing with Swedish red tape, housing and what have you. Having him on board is absolutely delightful.”

“The team at RSG is very competent,” Ed Valiente adds. “We look forward to bringing in quality titles for us all to work with.”

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