Bugbear Entertainment

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Bugbear Entertainment Oy
IndustryVideo games
Founded2000; 21 years ago (2000)
FounderJanne Alanenpää
Key people
Janne Alanenpää (CEO, creative director)
Number of employees
21 (2019)
ParentTHQ Nordic (2018–present)

Bugbear Entertainment Oy is a Finnish video game developer based in Helsinki, founded by Janne Alanenpää in 2000. The company is best known for the FlatOut series and Wreckfest. In November 2018, the company was majority-acquired by THQ Nordic.


Bugbear Entertainment was founded in Helsinki in 2000 by Janne Alanenpää.[1] On 14 November 2018, THQ Nordic announced that they had acquired 90% of Bugbear for an undisclosed sum, leaving open the option to acquire the remaining 10% later on.[2] At this time, Bugbear had 18 employees and was led by co-founder Alanenpää as chief executive officer and creative director.[1] As of June 2019, Bugbear has 21 employees.[3]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Publisher(s)
2001 Rally Trophy JoWooD Productions
2003 Tough Trucks Activision
2004 FlatOut Empire Interactive
2005 Glimmerati Nokia
2006 FlatOut 2 Empire Interactive
2007 FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Empire Interactive
2007 Sega Rally Revo Sega
2012 Ridge Racer Unbounded Namco Bandai Games
2018 Wreckfest THQ Nordic
TBA Stuntfest THQ Nordic


  1. ^ a b "THQ Nordic AB (publ) acquires Bugbear Entertainment" (PDF). Embracer Group. 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ Kerr, Chris (14 November 2018). "THQ Nordic acquires Coffee Stain and Bugbear Entertainment". Gamasutra. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  3. ^ Wingefors, Lars (27 August 2019). "THQ Nordic Annual Report 2018/19" (PDF). Cision.

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