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Published on July 16th, 2020 | by gareth


Smilegate Barcelona To Make AAA Games For Next Gen Systems

It will be interesting to see what they come up with.


Team of industry veterans to focus on console titles as Smilegate makes call for talent globally


BARCELONA, SPAIN and SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – July 17, 2020 – Smilegate is expanding the company’s global footprint into Europe with the opening of a new video game development studio focused on AAA games, Smilegate Barcelona. Based in the historic Spanish city-by-the-sea, the studio’s flagship project will be an open world console title. To bring the new game’s vision to life, Smilegate is looking for developers from around the world with console experience to help build and strengthen the studio.


Smilegate has nearly two decades of experience creating some of the most successful games for global markets. The company’s portfolio includes FPS CROSSFIRE, which boasts approximately 1 billion gamers in 80 countries worldwide and is soon to become a major motion picture with Sony Pictures, and the upcoming Xbox console release CrossfireX.


“As open-world games will continue to dominate the video game industry, we are well-positioned to build upon our team’s experience with talent from around the world, and are ready to create a AAA experience from our new studio in Barcelona,” said Yongil Kim, the CEO of Smilegate Barcelona. “Barcelona’s vibrant and lively youth culture set to the backdrop of gorgeous old world history is a powerful and inspiring combination. The city welcomes creativity and supports technology industries such as ours with a strong infrastructure and high quality of life.”


Smilegate chose Barcelona for the video game giant’s next studio due in large part to the city and surrounding area’s exploding tech industry and high quality of life. Long a preferred destination for tourists from around the world for its stunning beaches, vibrant architecture, one of Europe’s largest football stadiums and most entertaining teams, in recent years Barcelona has become a technology hub and a financial center in Europe.


Smilegate Barcelona currently has more than 20 staff. Developers interested in joining the growing production teams can learn more about those opportunities by clicking here.


About Smilegate

Smilegate is a global entertainment group with a commitment to making a happier life and a brighter future for consumers around the world with a variety of content. Its objective is to develop timeless, classic games that can be enjoyed by any generation, and to continually expand its business. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Seoul, Smilegate has achieved a high growth rate of sales year over year. With roots in game development, Smilegate now also provides game publishing and investment business, and is expanding as a global company with regional offices in the US, China, Southeast Asia and Europe. A critical factor Smilegate’s success is first-person shooting game CROSSFIRE, which launched in 2007 and is currently played in more than 80 countries worldwide by approximately 1 billion gamers.


About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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