SLIGHTLY MAD STUDIOS
ABOUT Country: United Kingdom www.slightlymadstudios.com
Retail revenue alone from this year’s Project Cars should be within the $50 to $60m range, meaning that Slightly Mad is the second highest-grossing UK independent studio in this year’s Develop 100 ranking – and its game is the highest grossing UK-made new IP. And don’t forget the unique way Slightly Mad has been funded via audience donations. The studio was making crowdfunding bank long before it was cool to do so, accepting donations – as well as community contribution to the game’s direction – through its own website rather than established crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter.
ABOUT Country: Canada www.kleientertainment.com
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Klei Entertainment is a Canadian independent studio with a number of games to its name – ranging from download hits like Mark of the Ninja and Shank – but the most significant is Don’t Starve. Since this wilderness survival game was released in 2013, the title has expanded to different formats and platforms, and its user numbers have in turn grown and grown. Don’t Starve has also become a popular game on leading streaming site Twitch, with its harsh save-mechanic-free permadeath design offering up lots of potential for variety and a game that’s just as compelling to watch as it is to play. STUDIO HOTLIST