According to Forbes, the founder of developer Smilegate, Kwon Hyuk-Bin, is now South Korea’s 4th richest man. Kwon Hyuk-Bin currently owns 100% shares of Smilegate Holdings, and his company was once on the edge of closing down. Tencent, China’s biggest games publisher, swooped in to secure the rights for CrossFire, which became the world’s No.2 revenue online game back in 2014.
The rest is history, as CrossFire broke records after records, though mainly just in China. Smilegate has now diversified into mobile games and PC online games, with Lost Ark one of the most anticipated MMORPGs in the community right now. Last year, it was announced a big-budget Hollywood movie based on CrossFire will be made, though currently no script nor actors are confirmed.