ABOUT Country: United States www.psyonix.com
KABAM GAMES BEIJING
Country: China www.kabam.com
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Kabam Games Beijing’s Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North was the studio’s first hardcore game for mobile and was an important, and near immediate, step in reducing the firm’s dependency on Facebook as a games platform. Like many of those that are now big in mobile, Kabam started out by using the fractured PC games portal landscape and social sites to get its games to big audiences. With Camelot alone still making it around $40m – and don’t forget there are two other Kabam studios in this list at No.42 and No.53 – the move to mobile was, of course, the right one.
Psyonix has been running for 15 years but it’s really only been in the last few months where it has appeared on people’s radars thanks to Rocket League. A spiritual successor to the catchily-titled Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars, the footy-onwheels game was hugely popular both as a PS Plus title for PlayStation 4 owners and on PC when it arrived on the two platforms this summer. We’re estimating revenues so far of $40m from the game, based on Sony’s payment for PS Plus buyout, plus revenue from Steam main SKU sales and DLC.