UK-based private equity company Foresight Group just invested £5 million into Steamforged Games, creators of the tabletop miniatures sports-skirmish game Guild Ball. According to the announcement, the goal of this investment is to ramp up production on development of eight new games, and sturdy the company’s retail channels and international distribution.
Steamforged’s first game and critical hit, Guild Ball, gives players the chance to field small teams of athletes and bruisers in a sort of smash-em-up soccer, with the game accounting for everything from boost-giving team mascots to randomization templates for the bounce of the ball. In addition to Guild Ball, Steamforged Games has created board game adaptations of Resident Evil 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Dark Souls (in both board and card). Their Dark Souls board game, in particular, has been a huge hit for the company, selling over 100,000 copies (which, according to another game designer who recently spilled the beans on sales figures, is considered an incredible success).
Their newest licensing deal, Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace, hits Kickstarter later this month.
As well as funding Steamforged, Foresight also helped facilitate appointing Ian Livingstone, Co-founder of Games Workshop, as a Non-executive Director. As the press release states, “Ian will use his extensive industry experience to support the Company’s growth strategy over the coming years.”
If you want to hear more of our thoughts on Guild Ball, check out our original review.
It’s really a testament to Steamforged that they could secure this kind of funding from an equity firm the size of Foresight, and the ramping up of production feels like money coming in that’s in sync with their ambition. Selfishly, as a gamer living stateside, I’m most excited by the intent to amp up the company’s international distribution. I’ve been curiously eyeing Guild Ball for a long time, and would love to have easier access to it, and a robust community of fellow players, close to home.