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The Spanish arm of King’s growing casual gaming empire isn’t responsible for a single title in the way its London, Malmo and Stockholm sister studios are. Instead it is actually responsible for four of King’s major games: Bubble Witch 2 Saga, Diamond Digger Saga, Pyramid Solitaire Saga and Papa Pear Saga, ticking the match-three, bubble-popping and card game boxes. Between this quarter, King Barcelona is bringing in something in the region of $55m a year for its parent, making its titles a series of midtier hits that big companies like this cannot survive without.
The studio run by veteran games developer Sid Meier has been branching out to add both mobile and PC titles to its offering over recent years so it seem its revenue mix is much healthier than you would assume for a company focused entirely on the seemingly niche strategy and simulation markets. Of course, most of the money still comes from PC – Steam, specifically. Around $45m will have been made on that platform in the last year from games like Starships and Civilization: Beyond Earth, but we’re giving it a healthy bump for expected back catalogue and boxed sales, plus roughly $5m from mobile.