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SCOTT CAWTHON Potentially the highest single earner on this list, Scott Cawthon is the developer of the cult hit Five Nights at Freddy’s games. The studio is already on its fourth instalment of the series, the plot has been optioned for a Warner Bros movie, no less, and Cawthon is likely sitting to be on revenues of approximately $35m. What’s most impressive about the title is the YouTube audience that has grown up around FNAF, built up by players sharing videos of their gameplay experiences and also through in-depth discussion of the horror hit’s intricate in-game lore.

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NATURALMOTION BRIGHTON

ABOUT Country: United Kingdom www.naturalmotion.com

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The CSR Racing games continue to perform well, if lower than the heights they have been accustomed to in previous years. NaturalMotion Brighton was originally Boss Alien, formed by a team of ex-Disney Black Rock staff, but it joined the NaturalMotion family in 2012 – which itself was bought up by Zynga in 2014. The success of CSR Racing will have no doubt have contributed to that latter deal, as the game unites F2P content with the core racing experience, proving that audience development really is possible on mobile with the right content. STUDIO HOTLIST

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