5 Great Video Game Designers From Sweden

“Multiplayer Minecraft” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by colmmcsky
Sweden enjoys a strong relationship with the video game industry with a number of the world’s highly respected gaming companies headquartered across the country. Most notable is perhaps Mojang which was responsible for one of the world’s most popular games, Minecraft; its success culminating in Microsoft buying it in 2014 for US$2.5 billion.

Experiment 101
Thanks to the development of BioMutant, Experiment 101 is recognised as one of the great up-and-comers of Swedish game designers having been established by former employees of another top Swedish firm, Avalanche Studios, best known for Just Cause. Its post-apocalyptic, open-world, all-action RPG for X Box 1, PS4, and PC is expected to be one of 2018’s big new games. Played from a third-person perspective, the game mixes martial arts with magical fantasy to deliver an immersive adventure.

Mojang
You only need to mention Minecraft to know its creator, Mojang, is one of the major players in video game design. Founded by Markus Persson, and headquartered in Stockholm, Mojang is responsible for one of the world’s biggest selling games and enjoyed the fruits of that success when it sold the rights for Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for US$2.5 billion. It’s also responsible for digital card game Scrolls, 2015’s Minecraft Story Mode, action sidescroller Cobalt and, a year later, Cobalt WASD.

Mr Green
Mr Green has gone from strength to strength since being founded in 2007 by Swedish entrepreneurs Fredrik Sidfalk, Henrik Bergquist and Mikael Pawlo. As a platform for gamers to enjoy, there’s always offers for new and established players, with Mr Green co boasting over 350 individual games for all tastes including different slots to play on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. As well as welcome bonuses for newcomers, Mr Green rewards loyalty through regular contests and competitions with big-money prizes for the online casino’s VIP members.

Stunlock Studios
The Skövde-based Stunlock Studios created the exciting free-to-play multiplayer action game Battlerite in 2017 which put the company amongst Sweden’s most distinctive video game designers. Before officially launching, the game sold 440,000 early access copies within three months of being made available, clearly indicating its potential. Battlerite, which tests players’ skills and speed, has continued to enjoy a growing number of users over the last year with its popularity, prompting Stunlock to launch a professional league.

Avalanche Studios
Best known for action-adventure video game Just Cause, Stockholm-based Avalanche Studios focuses on open-world environments with its tentpole game complemented by the hugely popular Mad Max, the first AAA title developed by the company, and its first dedicated mobile game, Rumble City. It’s currently developing new games which utilise its proprietary Apex – Avalanche Open-World Engine with its latest project making use of the faces of 12 real people who can have their likeness immortalised in the game.
As well as laying claim to one of the world’s most popular games, Sweden has an abundance of talented video game design companies. Many of whom are continuing to develop internationally recognised games while pushing the boundaries of player interaction.

Riot Games Plan to Introduce a Brand New Era of eSports

“Crowd at ESL One Frankfurt 2014” (CC BY 2.0) by artubr
Leading game design company Riot Games have claimed they will soon be introducing an entirely new era of eSports and entertainment to the world following the reveal of their upcoming League of Legends tournament. It was all the way back in March 2018 that Forge of Champions was first hinted at by the company, but now all has been revealed.

According to eSports News UK, the tournament will include 64 individual teams, all of whom must compete against 8 players who placed highest in the most recent ESL LoL Premiership. Whichever team wins will take home a prize pool of £50,000 as well as two seats at the next EU Masters, which takes place in September. The EU Masters, previously known as the EU Challenger Series, was recently won by Origen in April while at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre.

This move by Riot Games to introduce a new tournament is by far the company’s largest commitment to the eSports world as of yet. The prize pool alone is the largest the United Kingdom League of Legends eSports market has known, with the second now being the UK Masters’ £20,000 from a couple of years ago. To ensure the new tournament is a success, Riot Games have already signed a three-year agreement with the League of Videogames Professions (LVP), who is extremely popular in Spain for hosting the League of Legends Superliga.

Really, it’s about time that Europe began taking eSports more seriously. Each year eSports tournaments in the USA and across Asia are gaining more teams, attention and money to add to their prize pools. The International 2017, hosted in Seattle USA, had a prize pool of $24,647,919 while the LoL World Championships – also held in North America – often have prize pools of over $4 million. In fact, the largest prize pool a European tournament has ever had was $3 million at The Frankfurt Major back in 2015, an amount that pales in comparison to more recent competitions.

Prize pools are growing with every passing year and it’s probably due to the large audiences that eSports tournaments now attract. Not only do eSports fans watch live streams of the tournaments, but they also buy merchandise, and some have even gotten involved with eSports odds at online betting sites that are now hosting eSports betting markets alongside more traditional sports such as football, rugby and cricket. While North America might have the largest prize pools, many European tournaments attract millions of viewers, with the most viewed tournament of all time being the 2017 Intel Extreme Masters Katowice in Poland with 46 million unique viewers worldwide.


To ensure that Forge of Champions will be able to meet the expectations set by viewers and compete with other tournaments around the world, millions of pounds have gone into the project. According to Mo Fagl, Riot UK’s head of eSports, this money has gone into creating LVP’s new UK studio where the tournament will be held as well as marketing, staffing and equipment. Hopefully, as more information is released about Forge of Champions we’ll be able to tell if it will truly give Europe the tournament we’ve all been waiting for.