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Snowprint Studios Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Former Paradox Interactive and EA exec/Swedish game development veteran, John Hargelid, named COO to oversee the company’s continued growth

Stockholm, Sweden – WEBWIRE
John Hargelid, Chief Operating Officer of Snowprint Studios
John Hargelid, Chief Operating Officer of Snowprint Studios

Snowprint Studios, the Swedish game studio behind popular mobile game Legend of Solgard, has announced that John Hargelid has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at the company’s Stockholm office to lead the strategic growth of the company’s portfolio of turn-based games.

Prior to joining Snowprint Studios, Hargelid was CIO of Paradox Interactive, where he helped the company grow from 30 to more than 450 employees during his tenure, including its IPO. Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles at EA and DICE, before joining Accenture as a business intelligence consultant. His well-rounded expertise working with publishing, tech and studio organizations has given him the opportunity to be part of the creation of popular titles like Battlefield 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Cities: Skylines and more.

Hargelid has also had a significant impact in growing the Swedish game development scene for the last 20 years, taking the Swedish Games Awards to national notoriety, investing in startups and supporting equity initiatives within the Stockholm tech scene. At Snowprint, Hargelid will take on his new role of overseeing the studio’s  nimble teams that are focused on creating the world’s best turn-based battles and cementing its place as an emerging leader in the genre.

“John’s proven track record and deep experience in the games industry make him the ideal person to drive Snowprint’s growth strategy,” said Alexander Ekvall, Snowprint Studio’s CEO. “He brings with him a breadth of experience that complements our goal of mastering our turn-based battles niche in the mobile landscape.”

“While I’ve been fortunate to work with amazing teams in my past, I was especially impressed by the balance that Snowprint has struck between strong partnerships, an outstanding creative team, and leaders who have had a hand in producing some of the most successful mobile games ever released,” Hargelid said. "I’m excited to help execute Snowprint’s vision of enabling further growth and innovation with the goal of creating a rich gaming experience for the everyday gamer to keep players entertained for years to come.”

2019 marks the company’s fourth year in active game production, having added a Berlin-based studio in 2017 and introducing its debut game, Legend of Solgard, in 2018. Legend of Solgard - which is available to download for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play, features a new take on the turn-based RPG genre. Snowprint Studios will be revealing additional details about upcoming game launches in the near future.

About Snowprint Studios:

Stockholm Sweden-based Snowprint Studios was founded in 2015 by industry veterans with an aim at providing rich gaming experiences for the everyday gamer by creating exceptional turn-based battle games. Its team members have worked on a wide range of critically acclaimed and commercially successful free-to-play mobile games in the past, and are using their collective knowledge to deliver well-crafted mechanics, aesthetics, characters and more to make mid-core games more accessible. For more information on Snowprint Studios go to and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


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