Nordcurrent acquires River End Games

Lithuania-based mobile games developer and publisher Nordcurrent has acquired River End Games, a Gothenburg-based game studio, as part of its growth plans to expand beyond mobile games.

River End Games was founded in 2020 with investment and support from Amplifier Game Invest, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Embracer Group. River End Games comprises a team of highly experienced developers who have worked on various well-known and award-winning games and created several original IPs. 

River End Games will continue to operate as a separate entity from Nordcurrent’s existing offices, with no changes to its day-to-day business. The studio has been working on an original single-player game for PC and consoles for launch sometime in 2025; with this acquisition, the plan is for the game to be published by Nordcurrent Labs, the publishing arm of Nordcurrent.

If you are unfamiliar with Nordcurrent, it has had tremendous success since it was founded in 2002, with over 500 million downloads of its games. Its portfolio includes popular casual F2P games like Cooking Fever, Airplane Chefs, Pocket Styler, and Murder in the Alps. 

The studio has been working on an as-yet unannounced single-player game for PC and consoles with a strong focus on narrative and world-building, which Nordcurrent Labs will publish, the publishing arm of Nordcurrent.

Victoria Trofimova, Nordcurrent’s CEO and Co-Founder, said the following;

“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. I’m looking forward to Nordcurrent and River End taking an active role in this evolving market,”

Jonas Nordling, River End Games’ CEO, added,

“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.”

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