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Thunderful Acquires Successful Mobile Developer Early Morning Studio

Thunderful surges into mobile space with acquisition of successful Stockholm-based studio known for acclaimed roster of hits
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Gothenburg, Sweden - November 16th, 2021 – Thunderful is pleased to announce that it has acquired independent games developer Early Morning Studio. With an established record of success in the mobile gaming space, the team will strengthen Thunderful by bringing its mobile know-how to Thunderful’s existing network of PC and console expertise.

Led by Founders Emir Kuljanin and Kristian Andersson, Early Morning Studio and its seventeen-person strong team is known for its immersive RPGs that fill a unique opening in the market. With self-published hit titles Vampire’s Fall: Origins - played by over 10 million players, Champions of Avan and the in-development Vendir: Plague of Lies, Early Morning Studio has a record of releasing quality titles that makes them a valuable addition to the Thunderful family.

“Early Morning Studio is an exciting company that brings a lot of value to Thunderful,” said Brjánn Sigurgeirsson, CEO of Thunderful Group. “We’re always looking for studios with an established record of putting out great games and Early Morning Studio is a prime example of that. They are a golden nugget on an upward curve - Vampire’s Fall: Origins has been an incredible success, Champions of Avan’ s launch has exceeded expectations and the best is yet to come with their biggest project yet, the in-development Vendir: Plague of Lies. We’re excited to be a part of that journey with them. Their mobile expertise will help support us as we continue to grow mobile alongside our console and PC business. Adding their knowledge of how to make engaging free-to-play titles to Thunderful will be a huge advantage in a segment that has a bright future ahead.”

“We’re really excited to be joining Thunderful,” said Early Morning Studio CEO and co-founder  Emir Kuljanin. “Having Thunderful’s support gives us the backing we need to realise our creative vision with the exciting mobile projects we have in the works. We’re delighted to be able to draw on their vast knowledge and experience to help us create the best games possible as we continue to develop and self-publish our titles”.
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About Thunderful 
Thunderful Group is a group of companies that develops, publishes and invests in games as well as distributes Nintendo products, games, game accessories and toys. Founded in 2017 Thunderful Games is one of the two business segments in Thunderful Group, the other being Thunderful Distribution. Over the last few years Thunderful Games has, organically and via acquisitions, grown into a global organization with eight development studios and over 300 employees. Besides the award-winning internal development pipeline, Thunderful Games also publishes a large number of third-party titles and invests in external game projects.

About Early Morning Studio
Founded in 2010, Early Morning Studio is a Swedish indie developer with a passion for creating high quality old-school RPG games without any hand-holding. Their title Vampire’s Fall: Origins was released on mobile in 2018 to great success which led to its launch on Steam in January, 2020 with a review rating of Very Positive. For more information, visit:

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