Sweden is really hitting it off with new indie studios popping up every so often these days. Most of these studios, however, consist of small teams with limited recourses and big plans for the future. A trend that is only further reinforced by the many success stories the Swedish games industry has seen in the past years.
What is easily forgotten, however, is that it often takes more than a free copy of Unity and a fellow student to create a great game. In fact, according to Victor Lionhead, a veteran with over 15 years of experience from various games media and now CEO and game director of the newly founded Swedish indie studio, LionBite, one of the most important things to remember, is the team diversity.
“My way of doing it was handpicking people I respect and admire that does things in ways that fits my visions for a great game.”, Victor explains to Nordic Game Bits, before he continues by emphasizing that “I want us to make a difference with this game. We all bring something different to the table, and I think that’s what makes creative sparks fly.”.
The young studio has already secured a limited funding to get started on the first title, and the money is now being spent on searching for even more team members, such as an Environment artist. A job opening that Victor Lionhead expects not to take too long to be filled out, as there’s plenty of talent in the Nordic, as he explains: “Sweden and the Nordic region really has a high concentration of talented and driven, ambitious people, so I couldn’t think of a better spot starting out, to be honest!”
Looking into the future, Victor Lionhead hopes that his fellow Nordic game developers will keep testing and trying out different concepts, instead of primarily focusing on creating yet another cash-cow game.
“There’s so much game developers haven’t yet tried and done, and I hope moving forward, the creative people out there will allow themselves to try ideas and concepts they truly want to realize, rather than following in the footsteps of others, hoping to cash in from throwing another income-optimized game into the lottery.”
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