Coffee Stain to acquire majority share in Gone North Games – names new studio Coffee Stain North
The world leader in goat simulation technology expands to Stockholm through acquisition.
Coffee Stain Group announced today an agreement to acquire a majority share in Gone North Games AB, the developer of Goat Z and Goat Simulator: Waste of Space. As of today, the studio will be rebranded as Coffee Stain North, expanding Coffee Stains reach well beyond its origin of Skövde. The acquisition builds upon an already successful partnership with the Stockholm based outfit that has been brewing for the last four years.
“We discovered Gone North Games when they pitched us on their first game – A Story About My Uncle, and we saw a lot of potential in their team already back then,” said Anton Westbergh, CEO of Coffee Stain. “The game ended up being our first foray into games publishing, and a successful one at that! Since then the talent behind Gone North has played a major part in carrying the Goat Simulator brand into the future through their seemingly endless creativity and vision. We welcome them into the Coffee Stain group with great excitement to soon be able to share more on their upcoming project”
“When we first approached Coffee Stain we already knew we had a lot in common,“ said Sebastian Eriksson, CEO of Gone North Games. “And over the years we’ve worked together we’ve discovered a deeper personal connection in everything from humor to game design sensibilities. All these commonalities have given us true creative freedom, and with the resources and support of Coffee Stain we’re currently working on our biggest project to date.
Coffee Stain North is fast becoming THE place for talented developers looking to make Stockholm their mainstay, offering the perks of AAA (competitive salaries, excellent benefits and sound economic backing) while maintaining what’s cool about being a small indie dev (creative freedom, influence over projects and work environment, actually knowing everyone on the team). As the studio grows into their new offices on Kungsholmen, open positions will be continually posted on coffeestain.se
The Coffee Stain group is made up of Coffee Stain Studios (of the Sanctum series and Goat Simulator fame), Coffee Stain Publishing (of the soon-to-be-published Deep Rock Galactic and Huntdown fame) and Coffee Stain North (of this expertly crafted press releases fame).
Gone North Games (now Coffee Stain North)
Founded in 2013, Gone North Games is an independent video game development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. Founded by nine developers around the sleeper hit A Story About My Uncle, loved by critics and gamers alike. Since then they’ve taken Pilgor the goat on a journey from the zombie apocalypse, into the deep reaches of space. They’ve also done a lot of work on the Goat Simulator franchise on mobile platforms, helping the game continue to be a mainstay on the best selling charts around the world.