Nintendo Tops the First “Top 50 Developers”


combining factors like game sales, Metacritic averages and developer feedback through Gamasutra – has concluded creating the first-ever Top 50 Developers list from Game Developer magazine. Coming in at the top of the list is, but of course, Nintendo’s Kyoto studio, followed by Infinity Ward, Blizzard, EA Canada, and Valve.

The top 20 are as follows, along with some of their notable 2007 releases:

  1. Nintendo Kyoto (Brain Age, Wii Play)
  2. Infinity Ward (Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)
  3. Blizzard Entertainment (World Of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade)
  4. Electronic Arts Canada (FIFA Soccer 08, NBA Street: Homecourt)
  5. Valve (Portal, Team Fortress 2)
  6. Konami Japan Studio (Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer, Dance Dance Revolution Universe)
  7. Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank Future)
  8. Capcom Osaka Studio (Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, Monster Hunter Freedom)
  9. Electronic Arts Tiburon (Madden NFL 08, NASCAR 08)
  10. BioWare Edmonton (Mass Effect, Jade Empire: Special Edition)
  11. Bungie Studios (Halo 3)
  12. Ubisoft Montreal (Assassin’s Creed, Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja)
  13. 2K Boston [& Australia] (BioShock)
  14. Harmonix (Rock Band)
  15. Bandai Namco Tokyo (Ace Combat 6: Fires Of Liberation, Beautiful Katamari)
  16. Square Enix Tokyo (Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, Front Mission DS)
  17. Game Freak (Pokemon Diamond/Pearl)
  18. Epic Games (Unreal Tournament 3, Gears Of War PC)
  19. Hudson Soft (Mario Party 8, Mario Party DS)
  20. Neversoft (Guitar Hero III, Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground)

The full list and all of the excruciating minutiae that went into the list can be found at the Game Developer Research website, located here. It’s interesting to see how the top 50 shaped itself; in the top 20 alone I was surprised by several things (Valve not being higher and Hudson Soft being so high, for example)


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