Arrowhead Game Studios has just announced its new head. The company’s co-founder and longtime CEO Johan Pilestedt is stepping down to focus more on the creative side of things.

Arrowhead appoints new CEO, as Johan Pilestedt wants to focus solely on making games

Johan Pilestedt, co-founder and chief creative officer of Arrowhead Game Studios (left)

Pilestedt shared the news on May 22, saying that Shams Jorjani will replace him as the CEO of Arrowhead.

Jorjani is an experienced executive, who spent 12 years at Paradox Interactive in various roles such as producer, VP of products, and chief business development officer. He is also a chairman of the board at publisher Hooded Horse (Against the Storm, Manor Lods, Norland).

Speaking of his future at Arrowhead, Pilestedt noted that he will remain the company’s chief creative officer. This will allow him to spend more time with the team and entirely focus on making games and working with the community.

“Over the last year going to launch of Helldivers 2, I’ve been pulled more towards the business side of things, and not able to focus as much on the creative side,” Pilestedt told “That made me realise I needed to make some decisions, both for the success of the business but also myself.”

Jorjani, on his side, wants to focus on organization, leadership, and business administration, allowing Pilestedt and other Arrowhead devs to put all their efforts into creating great games. “Bethesda has Todd Howard, Kojima Productions has Kojima, Remedy has Sam Lake… but when you ask who is running these companies, who is the CEO or managing director… you can’t name the humble servant [laughs] behind the scenes,” he noted.

In an interview with, Pilestedt also said he has no plans to sell Arrowhead or make it a public company. “We don’t run the business for monetary gain. The humbleness and the desire to just make great games is the only reason we exist,” he said, adding that one of the long-term goals is to turn Arrowhead “into the next From Software or Blizzard.”

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