Swedish studios Image & Form and Zoink! Games have joined forced to create Thunderful, a new entity which will wholly own both companies. They're not going away, however; the two Gothenburg-based studios will "continue to develop games with existing and new IPs under their respective labels" while sharing the same roof.
Image & Form is best known for its SteamWorld series of games, while Zoink's Fe is shaping up to be one of this year's big indie hits.
Brjann Sigurgeirsson - CEO of Image & Form and now CEO of Thunderful - had this to say:
We already work together on a daily basis in PR, marketing, intelligence and publishing. Image & Form and Zoink will continue to produce games like we always do, but we’re now formalizing our close relationship. Through Thunderful we can share resources more effectively, officially act together and launch bigger, more ambitious game projects. We’re becoming a real powerhouse.
Klaus Lyngeled, CEO of Zoink and Chief Creative Officer of Thunderful, added:
Brjann and I already exchange very much information, so this development is natural. With a group of close to 50 people we’ll grow our clout both nationally and internationally.
Thunderful is owned by Bergsala Holding, Brjann Sigurgeirsson and Klaus Lyngeled. Bergsala is the sole distributor of Nintendo products in the Nordic region and has worked with both studios in the past.
Owe Bergsten, the CEO of Bergsala Holding, said:
There’s strength and clarity in gathering these great game developers and all their projects under one roof. The future looks both bright and exciting.
This sounds like a positive move to us; we're big fans of both companies and if they can become stronger by working more closely, that's only going to be a good thing. Let us know what you think by posting a comment below.