Stillfront is founded

In 2010, Stillfront was founded by Jörgen Larsson, a Swedish serial entrepreneur with a background from founding several gaming and technology companies. Jörgen’s vision with Stillfront was to build a well-diversified portfolio of long life-cycle games by acquiring independent gaming studios and letting these operate independently within the same group. By applying modern portfolio theory and focusing on a diversified portfolio of games with a long lifetime value, the company would be able to sustain healthy revenue levels, while providing sufficient cash-flow for developing and financing new launches and acquisitions. The first companies acquired included Gamerock AB, Verrano AB and Coldwood Interactive AB.


The early days

In 2012, the founding process was finalized. Stillfront Group was created and started to operate under the operational structure it has today. In November the same year, Stillfront acquired 100% of the shares in Power Challenge. Power Challenge develops and publishes mobile and browser-based social sports management games, earning revenue through a free-to-play model with in-game purchase options. The acquisition strengthened Stillfront’s game portfolio with the game titles ManagerZone and Power Soccer.


The Bytro strategy

In November 2013, Stillfront announced it had acquired 51% of Bytro Labs and entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 49% by 2016. The addition of Bytro further expanded Stillfront’s games portfolio with titles such as Supremacy 1914, PanzerWars and Industry Tycoon and strengthened the company within the strategy game genre.


In January 2015, Coldwood Interactive entered into a partnership with Electronic Arts regarding the development of Unravel. Unravel is a puzzle platform game for PC, Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox. The game was awarded more than 20 awards at the leading games trade fairs E3 and Gamescom the same year.

In May 2015, Gladiators Online, the first game on Dorado’s new action management engine was released. Bytro’s game Call of War was released the same month, quickly becoming Stillfront’s most successful game release at the time.

In December 2015, Stillfront successfully completed an IPO and listed its shares on NASDAQ First North Stockholm. The listing price was SEK 39 per share and the first day of trading was December 8th, 2015.


In June 2016, Stillfront announced its acquisition of the majority of shares in Simutronics, one of the longest-running independent game development studios in North America. Simutronics, based in St Louis, Missouri developed MUD-style text-based games GemStone IV and DragonRealms, as well as mobile games Tiny Heroes, One Epic Knight and Lara Croft Relic Run. With the acquisition, Stillfront added both a new strategy genre, as well as mobile game expertise to the group.

In December 2016, Stillfront acquired Babil Games, the leading MENA region mobile games publisher. Babil Games is a mobile strategy games publisher that focuses on bringing high quality entertainment to the Arabic audience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


In May 2017, Stillfront Group acquired eRepublik Labs, co-founded by Alexis Bonte and George Lemnaru in 2007. The acquisition added game titles like eRepublik.com, Age of Lords and World at War: WW2 Strategy MMO to the group.

In June the same year, the listing of Stillfront’s shares was moved to NASDAQ First North Premier Growth Market.


In January 2018, Stillfront completed the acquisition of Goodgame Studios, creating a European gaming champion. Goodgame Empire, Empire: Four Kingdoms, Big Farm and Big Farm: Mobile Harvest are among the biggest strategy games of all time, all developed by Goodgame Studios.

In October the same year, Stillfront acquired Imperia Online, a leading game developer and publisher in Southeastern Europe with focus on long term gamer relations. The company’s flagship title is Imperia Online, a medieval Massively multiplayer online (MMO) strategy game, published on both browser and mobile platforms. In the same month, Babil Games launched the Arab Gamers’ League.

Further, in December 2018, Stillfront acquired Playa Games, a leading casual strategy game developer and publisher in Germany. The company’s flagship title is Shakes & Fidget, a cartoon style massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) strategy game, published on both browser and mobile platforms.


In 2019, Stillfront started working on a plan to better prepare the company for its future growth journey. The company built and implemented a new operational platform aimed at a three times larger Stillfront within five years – the Stillfront 3x vision. As a part of this development, Stillfront expanded its group management team during the year and appointed several new key individuals to the team.

During the summer of 2019, Stillfront acquired KIXEYE, a leading developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online real-time strategy games (MMORTS) for PC and mobile devices. The acquisition further strengthened Stillfront’s portfolio of games with the successful titles Battle Pirates, War Commander, Vega Conflict and War Commander: Rogue Assault.

In November the same year, Stillfront held its Capital Markets Day where it presented the results of the 3x vision and its updated financial targets and plan for the company to triple its revenues from SEK 1.3 billion in 2018 to SEK 4 billion by the end of 2022.


In January 2020, Stillfront announced the acquisition of Storm8, a leading mobile mash-up game developer headquartered in California. The acquisition significantly strengthened Stillfront’s market position and game portfolio with the addition of the casual match-3 games genre, recently further developed into the mash-up genre.

As Storm8 focuses on a female audience centered around 25-45 years, the combination of Stillfront’s and Storm8’s complementary product portfolios and audiences made for an excellent strategic fit and significantly increased Stillfront’s addressable market.

In April 2020, Stillfront announced the acquisition of Candywriter, a US based mobile games developer and publisher focusing on casual and mash-up games. Candywriter’s flagship title is BitLife, an innovative text-based life simulation game that was among the top 5 most downloaded games on iOS in 2019.