Lithuania-based mobile games developer and publisher Nordcurrent has revealed its strategic move to broaden horizons beyond mobile gaming by acquiring Gothenburg-based games studio River End Games. The acquisition stands as a pivotal step in Nordcurrent’s expansion efforts and growth plans.
Founded in 2020 with backing and support from Amplifier Game Invest, a subsidiary of Embracer Group, River End Games comprises a talented team of 17 game developers led by Jonas Nordling, Anders Hejdenberg, and Karl Broström. The team boasts extensive experience in crafting AAA games such as Battlefield and Need for Speed, as well as smaller, award-winning titles like Unravel, and the creation of numerous original intellectual properties.
“River End Games team joining Nordcurrent is a big step in our strategy to expand beyond mobile gaming, where we have had a decade of success with games like Cooking Fever and millions of engaged monthly players. There is a lot of innovation happening in the PC and console ecosystem, and I’m looking forward to Nordcurrent and River End taking an active role in this evolving market,” said Nordcurrent co-founder and CEO Victoria Trofimova.
Following the acquisition, River End Games is set to maintain its autonomy and operational independence.
“At River End Games, we’re a small but passionate group of people who love games and live to create them. Our goal is simple: to bring world-class experiences to gamers. In Nordcurrent, we’ve found a kindred spirit and long-term partner that shares our passion. We are very excited about this new partnership and can’t imagine a better ally to help us create worlds and stories that gamers will remember long after they’ve put the controller away.” said Jonas Nordling, River End Games’ CEO.
Nordcurrent has achieved a remarkable milestone with over 500 million game downloads to date. The company’s diverse portfolio features a range of popular free-to-play casual games, including titles such as Cooking Fever, Airplane Chefs, Pocket Styler, and Murder in the Alps.