Paradox Interactive opens new California studio

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Paradox Interactive has opened a new development studio in Berkeley, California.

The Stockholm-headquartered developer/publisher, best known for games like Cities: Skylines and Europa Universalis, revealed that the new studio will be called Paradox Tectonic, and will be led by Rod Humble, former Executive VP at Electronic Arts and CEO of Second Life developer Linden Labs.

In a statement, Paradox Interactive said: “Paradox Tectonic will lead development of a brand-new game and IP to be published by Paradox Interactive, with details to be announced at a later date. It joins the publisher’s growing list of internal studios, including Paradox Development Studio in Stockholm, Paradox Arctic in Umeå, Sweden, the Paradox mobile development team in Malmö, Sweden, Triumph Studios in Delft, The Netherlands, and Harebrained Schemes in Seattle.”

Paradox Interactive CEO Ebba Ljungerud added: “Opening a studio in the California Bay Area puts us in the heart of one of the largest gaming and tech communities in the world. Rod Humble and his team bring a wealth of experience and a studio leader who has led work on games that have shaped the industry several times over.”

And Humble said: “Our aim with Paradox Tectonic is to create open, fun, beautiful games which respect the players’ intelligence and enables their creativity, freedom, emotion, and sharing. Our studio structure is using best practices for modern development: a flat organization in a low-friction environment with a team of highly experienced domain experts.”

For more information, head to Paradox Interactive’s website.

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