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Smilegate Group
IndustryVideo games
FoundedJune 2002 in Seoul, South Korea
FounderKwon Hyuk-Bin
Number of employees
SubsidiariesSmilegate Holdings (HQ)
Smilegate Worldwide
Smilegate Entertainment
Smilegate Megalab
Smilegate RPG
Smilegate Megaport
Smilegate Investment
Smilegate Stove

Smilegate is a South Korean video game developer and publisher, which develops, publishes and services mobile and PC online games. It has five core business sectors - game development, publishing, platform, investment and social contribution. Established in Korea in 2002,[1] the company is the creator of CrossFire, the world's top online FPS game with over six million concurrent players across the globe,[2] and many more distinguished titles.[3]


Smilegate was selected as Excellence Award recipient, ETRI IDC in 2003. Smilegate began developing Online FPS CrossFire production in 2006. And next year, Smilegate launched CROSSFIRE in China, Japan.[4] In 2009 recorded 1 million peak concurrent users in China,and 0.1 million peak concurrent users in Vietnam. And Smilegate honored with the Korea Digital Management Innovation Award(MCST Minister's Award), the 49th Annual Trade Day Merit Award (MKE Minister's Award)[5] CROSSFIRE won the President's Award for “2012 Contents Award” (MCST)[6] CROSSFIRE recognized as one of Most Earned 10 Best Games OF 2013.[7] Smilegate established Start-Up Eco System support & incubator program ORANGE FARM(in seocho, Busan, shinchon[8]) Also Smilegate invested $112 million in casual gaming company SUNDAYTOZ[9] Smilegate Megaport launched Mobile Service Platform 'STOVE' in June 2015.[10] Smilegate is teaming up with Hollywood production company 'Original Film' for the big screen adaptation of its mega-hit shooting game “Crossfire.”[11] Smilegate Entertainment has signed a $500 million exclusive publishing agreement with Oriental Shiny Star for the upcoming “Crossfire 2” online shooting game in China.[12]

In 2017, to serve CrossFire further in the European market, a new office was open in Berlin, Germany.[13] This office was closed in April 2018, as part of a company-wide restructuring process and all games operations were moved back to Smilegate West in Toronto. [14]


These are the games developed or published by Smilegate. Publisher and release dates are for South Korea unless otherwise noted. Abbreviations: SM – Smilegate Megaport; SE – Smilegate Entertainment.

Game Developer(s) Publisher(s) Genre Platform Release Official Website
TalesRunner Rhaon Entertainment SM Action Microsoft Windows August 2005
CrossFire SE SE (South Korea),
Smilegate Europe (Europe),
Tencent (China),
Smilegate West (North America, South America)
FPS Microsoft Windows May 2007,,
ProBaseball Manager Online SM Sports Mobile April 2010
Freestyle2 JOYCITY (US),
SM (South Korea)
November 2011
MVP baseball online SE October 2012
Devil Maker: Tokyo SM (South Korea; Global) March 2013 (South Korea),
July 2013 (Global)
Eastern Blade SM June 2013
Qurare: Magic Library SM March 2014
Qurare: Magic Library PS4 SM September 2016
Dragon Fate SE March 2015
Bunnypang SM March 2015
AZERA SE April 2015
SoulWorker LION GAMES SM MMORPG Microsoft Windows January 2017
Super Tank Rumble Lumidia Games SM Action Mobile February 2017
Epic Seven SUPER CREATIVE SM RPG Mobile January 2017
TAHN Tencent Games SM FPS Mobile April 2017
ChaosMasters Neoact SM RPG Mobile August 2017
WarReign Red Sahara Studio SM RTS Mobile November 2017
Arcane Straight Gameplete SM Card Battle RPG Mobile August 2018
Lost Ark Smilegate RPG, Tripod Studio Smilegate RPG MMORPG Microsoft Windows November 11, 2018 (Open Beta)
SkySaga: Infinite Isles Radiant Worlds SE Sandbox MMORPG Microsoft Windows TBA
ROGAN: The Thief in the Castle SE SE Stealth Action Adventure Microsoft Windows Q2 2019 TBA
CrossFire X Microsoft Windows, Xbox One TBA


  1. ^ Yoon Sung-won. "Smilegate vows to revitalize online game sector". Korea times. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Lee Ji-yoon. "[Herald Interview] The woman behind success of 'Crossfire'". Korea herald. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  3. ^ hatake. "Cross Fire Developer SmileGate Takes Four New Games to Gstar 2014". Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Lee Ji-yoon. "[Herald Interview] The woman behind success of 'Crossfire'". Korea herald. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Seo Jeong-geun. "Neowiz Games and `` 2 billion Export Tower Award". Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Huh. "Cross Fire, Tears of the Antarctic, Deep Rooted Tree, Chief Content 'tall'". Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Paul Tassi. "CrossFire: Tencent's Top Earning Free-to-Play Game You've Never Heard Of". Forbes. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Yoon Sung-won. "Smilegate to expand startup support". Korea Times. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Steven Millward. "A clash of gaming worlds as Crossfire maker invests $112 million in casual gaming company". Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Cho Jin-young. "Mobile Gaming Industry Waging Platform War". Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Lee Ji-yoon. "Korea's mega-hit game 'Crossfire' goes Hollywood". Korea herald. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  12. ^ PR Newswire. "Qihoo 360's Joint Venture Signs Exclusive License Agreement for Cross Fire 2 in China". nasdaq. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  13. ^ "Smilegate opens European office to push Crossfire". Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  14. ^ "Smilegate to close Berlin office just over a year after it opened". Retrieved 2019-12-28.

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