Arrowhead CEO steps down so he can spend more time developing Helldivers 2

By FileTrekker a month ago, last updated a month ago

Johan Pilestedt, CEO of Arrowhead Game Studios and one of the driving forces behind Helldivers 2, has decided to step down from his role so he can refocus on game development.

Pilestedt will instead step into the role of CCO, or Chief Creative Officer, meaning he'll be more hands-on with the game's development and creative direction and less involved with the company's day-to-day operations. Stepping into his shoes as CEO will be Shams Jorjani, who is the former chief of business development at Paradox Interactive. Jorjani has also served as a chairman and investor at Hooded Horse.

In a statement, Pilestedt said, "I’ve decided to hire Shams Jorjani as the new CEO. We go way back, and I wouldn’t trust the business in any other hands than his (and he comes with an impressive resume and love for games).” He then addressed his future involvement in Helldivers 2.

“But what about me and my involvement in Helldivers 2? Well, I’m glad you asked! I am taking the role of chief creative officer, which means I will spend more time with the team and 100% of my focus on the games and community!” 

There were some fears that Pilestedt was leaving Arrowhead altogether, although he quickly jumped in, stating that he was "not nearly done," adding that the reason for his stepping away from CEO was because he cares "more about weapon balance" than daily business operations.

When asked what he would like to change, he said that the "first thing we got to do is ensure we get more devs time playing the game. It’s hard to make the right decisions if the eyes aren’t on the road. Secondly, I want to ensure we actively look at the sentiment and create a holistic view of why feedback is given.” 

This should be a positive move for the company, with Pilestedt now able to focus more on the creative and technical side while Jorjani takes over the running of the company behind the scenes.


Read More


There are no comments yet. Be the first!