Payday Creator Raided By Authorities, Inside Trader Arrested


Starbreeze, the creator of Payday and Overkill’s The Walking Dead, had its HQ raided earlier by Swedish authorities. The officers made an arrest of a suspect inside trader and seized some items from the workspace.

In a statement provided to Gamesindustry, ECO Press Officer Niklas Ahlgren stated:

This morning officals from the Swedish Economic Crime Authority raided the offices of Starbreeze in Stockholm. One person was arrested and items were seized. The raid is part of an ongoing investigation involving suspected insider trading

Starbreeze itself released a statement confirming the news. According to the company, it has been informed of suspicious insider charges.

On Wednesday Swedish Economic Crime Authority has conducted a search query at Starbreeze AB. The company has been informed that this has occurred due to suspicions of insider charges. The company as such is not subject to any suspicion. The company cooperates full with the Swedish Economic Crime Authority. The event does not affect the company or the ongoing business reconstruction.

The news broke when multiple outlets reported that the country’s Economic Crime Authority has raided Starbreeze head office in Stockholm the morning of December 5. The ECA made an arrest but the identity of the individual hasn’t been confirmed.

ECA seized documents and computers from the HQ. Starbreeze has struggled recently with its financial position and this matter certainly won’t help the situation.

This is a developing story so we will have more for your once further information is released.