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MONOLITH PRODUCTIONS In Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith delivered the surprise hit of 2014. Few were expecting good things of what on paper sounds like yet another Lord of the Rings spin-off to deliver, but it was a critical smash which in turn led to strong sales of over $180m. The game was only released on next-gen consoles, a potential gamble but in hindsight nothing to worry about. Key to the game’s strength was the Nemesis system, an in-game mechanic that helped focus on the villains of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and most importantly add some fresh material to the otherwise exhausted lore.

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STORM8 STUDIOS The Californian social games studio places so highly as our data shows it has twelve games in the Top Grossing mobile games chart of September 2014 to August 2015. And while a cynic might once-over their list of games – including Candy Blast Mania, Jewel Mania, Bubble Mania, Farm Story, and more – and brand them as yet another ‘me too’ developer, it’s worth knowing also that it has key relationships as a Hasbro licensee for a Monopoly Bingo title. So it won’t surprise you to hear that it’s exec rank now include Zynga defectors and other social experts.

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