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ARENANET Since thriving MMO publisher NCsoft – found further up the list at No.38 – is quite transparent with its quarterly revenues on a by-game basis we can confidently say that ArenaNet’s popular Guild Wars franchise has netted around $70m in revenue for its creator in the last 12 months. It should be noted that this does represent a slight decline year-over-year, but doesn’t diminish its status as a tentpole title at NCsoft, or as one of the world’s most popular MMOs. The release of the latest expansion for Guild Wars 2, entitled Heart of Thorns, in October will no doubt further boost the firm’s success.

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SGN SAN DIEGO While US-based games firm SGN remains a powerful publisher across a number of social and casual games – even publishing titles for Tic Toc, down at No.86 – its in-house team in San Diego are a core part of its offering. Star game Cookie Jam – the firm’s own take on the increasingly competitive confectionery-themed matchthree genre – was actually voted by Facebook as one of the platform’s best games of the year back in December 2014, and cited high user ratings as the gold stamp of approval, plus Facebook feature integration and overall audience growth.

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