Starbreeze Studios

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Starbreeze Studios AB
Type Public company
Traded as First North: STAR
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 1998 (as O3 Games)
2002 (as Starbreeze Studios)
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Key people Bo Andersson Klint (CEO)
Products Payday 2 (2013)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (2013)
Syndicate (2012)
Payday: The Heist (2011)
Revenue 180 MSEK (13/14)
Net income 110 MSEK (13/14)
Employees ~50 (13/14)
Subsidiaries Overkill Software
Website starbreeze.com

Starbreeze Studios is a video game development studio founded by members of the demo group Triton, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1998, under the name O3 Games. In 2000, O3 Games merged with the smaller company Starbreeze Studios which was then based in Härnösand, Sweden. In November 2002, the parent company was renamed Starbreeze AB, of which Starbreeze Studios AB is a wholly owned subsidiary. Starbreeze is listed on the Swedish stock market list Aktietorget since 2000 where the company stock is still publicly traded. As of 2012, Starbreeze employs around 93 people.

Starbreeze Studios' founders include people who were formerly members of the PC demoscene group Triton; Magnus Högdahl worked as CTO and was credited as Lead Engine Programmer. He ended his employment in July 2009.[1] Along with Fredrik Ljungdahl, Jens Matthies, Jim Kjellin, Kjell Emanuelsson, Michael Wynne and Jerk Gustafsson, went on to found MachineGames,which was later acquired by ZeniMax Media.

The company was developing two games, but one of them has been cancelled.[2] The first, codenamed Project RedLime, is a reboot of the Syndicate series developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts.[3] The second game based on Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series,[4] was also going to be published by EA, but the project was shelved.[5]

On April 19, 2012 Starbreeze Studios announced it plans to acquire Payday: The Heist studio Overkill Software, pending final approval from shareholders. The acquisition was completed in June, with a purchase price that amounts to 200 million newly issued shares in Starbreeze.[6]

On June 21, 2012 Starbreeze Studios announced that the acquisition of Overkill Software was finalized.

On 25 September, 2014, Starbreeze Studios announced that they acquired a LA-based studio called Geminose for 7 millions. The studio is currently working on a toys-to-life game. [7]

Games developed[edit]

as O3 Games

Year Title Genre Platform
2000 The Outforce Real-time strategy Microsoft Windows

as Starbreeze Studios

Year Game Publisher Platform(s)
PS2 Xbox Win GCN X360 PS3 XBO PS4
2002 Enclave Conspiracy Entertainment No Yes Yes No No No No No
2003 Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade TDK Mediactive Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Vivendi Games No Yes Yes No No No No No
2007 The Darkness 2K Games No No No No Yes Yes No No
2009 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Atari Inc. No No Yes No Yes Yes No No
2012 Syndicate Electronic Arts No No Yes No Yes Yes No No
2013 Payday 2 505 Games No No Yes No Yes Yes No No
2013 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons 505 Games No No Yes No Yes Yes No No
2014 Payday 2: Crimewave Edition 505 Games No No No No No No Yes Yes

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