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This Glu subsidiary makes the ranking based predominantly on the performance of its Deer Hunter mobile games. You may be sniffy, but it’s a cherished brand by its parent – worth around $20m in revenue each year for the mobile games giant, and most recently fiercely defended in a cloning lawsuit in the US. Glu alleged that a Canadian outfit copied Deer Hunter’s look and feel but swapped animals for real people. The rival title was a similar cash cow (ahem) on the App Store, which Glu said was further proof of the copy – it had emulated the content so well, it was attracting players the way Deer Hunter was.
The outfit that is arguably the second-longest running UK studio (second to Jeff Minter’s Llamatron) hasn’t released a single game in our eligibility period. Instead it released 30, the compilation Rare Replay that celebrates the firm’s history across games like Blast Corps, Perfect Dark and Viva Pinata, among others. Inevitably, Nintendopublished classics developed by the now-Microsoft-owned studio were omitted, so it wasn’t comprehensive – but it was an instant classic and a commercial hit to boot. It was a UK number one with nearly $25m of revenues in its opening release.