INTROVERSION Once upon a time, this studio was not just the leading UK indie but one of the only ones. It pioneered the anti-publisher movement, opting to try digital platforms such as Steam and alternative distribution routes and relationships to get its games out, not always with consistent behind-the-scenes financial activity. It’s latest game, Prison Architect, has only just been officially released despite spending the prior four years in beta/Early Access with 37 major updates, where pre-orders raised nearly $10m by 2013. For the last 12 months, we’re reckoning on a similar earning revenue in the build up to launch.
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SUMO DIGITAL The UK work-for-hire outfit has had an eventful year. From a product level, it has just left its most prolific period in some time, contributing to the likes of Forza Horizon 2 and Disney Infinity 3.0, as well as developing LittleBigPlanet 3. It has key partnerships for both PlayStation and Xbox, and for the latter is working on Crackdown. The confidence such large partners have in Sumo will likely come from its strong leadership – a gang who were recently ambitious enough to take over via an MBO. And a few months ago, another huge statement of its stature and potential: appointing Ian Livingstone as chairman.
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