Ronimo Games

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Ronimo Games
Industry Video game
Founded 2007
Headquarters Utrecht, the Netherlands
Key people
Fabian Akker, Joost van Dongen, Gijs Hermans, Jasper Koning, Ralph Rademakers, Martijn Thieme, Olivier Thijssen
Products Swords & Soldiers Awesomenauts
Number of employees
17 (2015)[1]

Ronimo Games is a Dutch video game developer founded in 2007 by former students of the Utrecht School of the Arts.


The team that later formed Ronimo Games initially came together under the name of Banana Games,[2] and created the original freeware PC version of de Blob.[3] Publisher THQ noticed the game, was very impressed with the team's work, and acquired the rights to the game. THQ subsequently handed over further development to Blue Tongue Entertainment (Nintendo DS, Wii) and Universomo (Mobile/iPhone/iPod).

With the money earned from selling the rights to de Blob the team founded Ronimo Games.[1] The name "Ronimo" came from a brainstorming session in which the team decided to combine the first letters of the words "Robot Ninja Monkey".

In May 2009, the studio released the WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers. In September 2010 the game was released for PlayStation Network with publisher Sony Online Entertainment and in December the Windows and Mac version on Steam. In June 2011 the game was ported by Two Tribes and published by Chillingo for iOS.

Currently the studio is developing Awesomenauts, a multiplayer online battle arena for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC. Despite the publisher's financial problems, the game was released on PC at May 2, 2012. The studio then went to Kickstarter to fund the game's first expansion: Awesomenauts: Starstorm. A second expansion for the game was released on March 2, 2016, called "Awesomenauts: Overdrive." Regular updates continue to take place for Awesomenauts, adding new characters, addressing balancing, connectivity, and bug-fixes.

Games developed[edit]

Two teams battle it out in Awesomenauts

As Banana Games[edit]

As Ronimo Games[edit]

  • Swords & Soldiers (Wii, 2009; PS3, 2010; Windows, 2010; Mac, 2010; iOS, 2011; Linux, 2012; Android 2012)
  • Awesomenauts (PlayStation 3, 2012; Xbox 360, 2012; Windows, 2012; Mac, 2012; Linux, 2013)
  • Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U, 2015)

Further reading[edit]

  • De Pers, "Nederlandse studenten maken succesgame" - October 6, 2008


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