Mainframe is building the game of a lifetime.
In the spring of 2019, 13 game industry veterans from Finland and Iceland were getting together for their first founding meetings in Helsinki and Reykjavik. “It was clear from the beginning that this would work amazingly well,” recounts Ansu Lönneberg, founding member and Head of Studio.
With backgrounds in top Nordic gaming companies like CCP, Remedy and Next Games, the 13 founding members have been part of building iconic games such as EVE Online, Alan Wake and The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land. The Finnish-Icelandic gaming studio is now developing a cloud-native MMO (a massive multiplayer online game where players can join from any device) - a vibrant world with new ways to connect and engage with friends.
Since their establishment the team has made headlines fast, most recently by attracting a €7,6M Series A funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz and other household names like Riot Games, Play Ventures, Crowberry Capital, Maki VC and Sisu Game Ventures.
Mainframe is now over 30 people, and while they are no longer only Finns and Icelanders, the heritage of the two cultures widely resonates within the team: Well structured and focused work, looking after each other and stressing the importance of setting aside enough time for family and life's other adventures.
The studios in Helsinki and Reykjavik combine several strong development cultures. The Icelandic team is particularly experienced in building successful MMORPG games, while the Finnish team members have plenty of mobile understanding as well as experience in creating AAA games of various genres.
“We feel that for constructing a beautiful, meaningful and not the least successful cloud native MMO game this is the perfect mix,” Lönneberg said. “Creating this kind of a game here in the Nordics brings together a previously untapped commonwealth of experiences, professional expertise and dreams of online adventures yearning to happen.”