PlayStack acquires Finnish developer Hisome
New entity renamed to ‘PlayStack Oy’ and will focus on developing new games and technologies as well as talent-spotting development teams in the Nordic, Baltic and Russian region.
PlayStack has been created to shake up the traditional game publishing model by offering a more nurturing partnership to game developers. This includes offering end-to-end funding, publishing expertise, and tech to developers in order to help them build a strong gamer audience and community. The most notable successes from PlayStack to date include chart-topping mobile hit Snipers vs Thieves and PSVR smash Dick Wilde.
We have acquired the majority of Finnish game developer Hisome for an undisclosed sum. The deal represents an investment in yet-to-be-announced games and technology that Hisome has been developing over the last two years. Helmed by award-winning industry veteran Juha Huhtakallio, the new entity has been renamed as PlayStack Oy and will be responsible for producing new titles as well as seeking out partners for publishing or funding in the talent-rich Nordic, Baltic and Russia region.
Juha Huhtakallio, the General Manager of PlayStack Oy is a well-respected figure in the Finnish games industry. With over 30 awards across 100 games, he has worked for leading industry companies including Digital Chocolate, Housemarque and Kuuasema. His most recent accolade was for the game Die Fish, winner of the Very Big Indie Pitch at PGC Helsinki. Huhtakallio is also a Board member of Neogames, the Hub of the Finnish games industry.
“Our partnership with Juha and his incredibly talented team is a further signal of our commitment to publishing the best games as well as harnessing the rich developer talent that is so highly evident in the Nordic, Baltic and Russian region,” said Harvey Elliott, CEO of PlayStack. “This acquisition gives PlayStack a firm foothold in the region as well as an award-winning and talented team in our new Helsinki offices to create some amazing games and technologies.“
“Partnering with PlayStack represents an incredible fit for me and the team at Hisome.” said Juha Huhtakallio, General Manager at PlayStack Oy. “Since we begun our discussions, we have shared a common vision. We look forward to producing new titles and technologies as well as helping PlayStack bring its unique publishing approach of funding, publishing expertise and tech to the brightest and best developers in the region.”