Job News

South Korea's Smilegate opens studio in Barcelona

South Korea's Smilegate opens studio in Barcelona

South Korean games company Smilegate is setting up shop in Spain's Barcelona.

The appropriately-named Smilegate Barcelona will be working on a brand new open-world triple-A title and currently employs more than 20 members of staff. The firm is unsurprisingly hiring more people.

The new outfit is being headed up by CEO Yongil Kim.

“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 triple-A experience from our new studio in Barcelona,” he said.

“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 is an absolute giant in its native South Korea. The company is best known for its first-person shooter, CrossFire, which boasts more than 650 million players around the world.

The Barcelona studio isn't Smilegate's first European operation. The firm previously ran a Berlin developer, though that was closed in April 2018 just over a year after it was opened. The Korean company was also working with UK studio Radiant Worlds on a project called SkySaga: Infinite Isles, but pulled support for the game in 2017.

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


No comments
View options
  • Order by latest to oldest
  • Order by oldest to latest
  • Show all replies