Paradox Interactive, the developer-publisher behind titles including Stellaris, Hearts of Iron, and Crusader Kings, is currently in the midst of an unexpected change in leadership after its CEO resigned due to the company’s future strategy.
As advertised Paradox, Ebba Ljungerud is leaving her duties as CEO of the publishing house. The company has said that his departure from the position will take place with immediate effect although it will continue to work with Paradox for a time to “ensure a good transfer”.
According to the editor, Ljungerud’s decision to step down is due “to different views on the company’s strategy going forward.” Despite her resignation, it appears the decision was amicable, with Paradox praising the now-former CEO for the “fantastic job” she did during her tenure at the company.
“During his leadership, the organization, the player base and our gaming projects have been strengthened and grown, giving the company a solid foundation for future growth.” read a statement from Paradox. “We are sorry that he has decided to resign, but we wish him all the best for the future,” said Håkan Sjunnesson, Chairman of the Board. “
No details have been offered on what those different views are and why they became irreconcilable enough that the CEO felt he should resign.
Ljungerud’s time as CEO at Paradox was certainly filled with a number of notable moments. During his tenure, the company acquired several new studios, brought its first major strategy game to consoles, revealed Victoria 3, and released Crusader Kings 3, which garnered high praise. Following his departure from Paradox, Ljungerud briefly recalled his time with the company on Twitter before thanking both the studio and his fanbase.
What a journey it’s been ❤️ but now it’s over and the CEO’s torch returns to Fred. Thanks to @TheWesterFront @PdxInteractive and all of our amazing players over the years, I look forward to the great new things to come for the games and the company!
– ebba ljungerud (@EbbaPDX) September 1, 2021
In light of Ljungerud’s resignation, Fredrik Wester, who served as CEO of Paradox for several years before leaving office in 2018, has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Board of Paradox to take over as CEO once plus. Wester’s appointment will take place with immediate effect with the company veteran confirming the Twitter that the new role is permanent.
Be sure to read our review of Paradox’s latest entry on the Crusader Kings franchise. We gave the title a full 10/10 and said it “takes the throne as the new king of historical strategy by expanding and deepening the best parts of what made its predecessor memorable and unique.” Alternatively, for more information on Crusader Kings 3, why not check out this article detailing how the game will arrive on consoles.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.