ABOUT Country: Japan www.konami.jp/mgs_portal
A seemingly inauspicious entry for what was once Konami’s prize console studio – and a team which, if rumours are true, is almost totally dismantled, despite the very recent success of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It places here thanks to the release of MGSV prelude Ground Zeroes, a low priced prequel that established the main game’s core mechanics and set up key plot beats. Konami said the game had grossed well over 1m copies after a few months on sale. It was released in spring 2014 so we’re estimating revenues in our eligibility period to be circa $20m.
COOL FISH GAMES This small Beijing studio, as its name suggests, likes to play it cool. It currently has no web presence, except through its Chillingo-published mobile hit Iron Force, although a dedicated website is in the works at the time of writing. Founded in March 2012, the studio is now home to around 20 people, but started out as a five-man indie with games like Perfect Kick. Tank combat title Iron Force is Chillingo’s highest revenue generating title in the last year, according to listings from Priori Mobile, which makes this a prized team – they just don’t like to boast about it.
ABOUT Country: China www.chillingo.com
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