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Nintendo, Infinity Ward, Blizzard Top First-Ever 'Top 50 Developers' Countdown

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355w ago - Think Services' Game Developer magazine and Game Developer Research division - sister divisions to Gamasutra.com - have announced a major new study ranking the top 50 game development studios worldwide.

By combining empirical market data with a detailed survey taken by game development professionals via Webby Award-winning site Gamasutra.com, the Top 50 Developers report features a first-ever holistic view of the top game developers, using both sales and reputation data.

For the first-ever countdown, of which the Top 20 Developers are listed and detailed in the March 2008 issue of Game Developer magazine, Nintendo's Kyoto studio came out on top - thanks in no small part to incredible sales of a healthy lineup of DS and Wii software, notably Wii Play, Wii Sports, and two Brain Age games.

These titles rarely left Japanese and Western sales charts, demonstrating Nintendo's mastery of the casual games market. Survey comments heaped praise upon the Japanese giant for its focus on quality, and this was reflected in high review scores all around.

The second place went to Activision-owned developer Infinity Ward, thanks to both the resounding critical and commercial success of its 2007 release Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and high scores and healthy...
 

PSP Internet Radio Developer Kit on the way

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366w ago - The release of firmware 3.80 brought Internet radio functionality to the PSP, allowing users to listen to a wide range of Internet radio stations with the use of an active WiFi connection.

It now appears that Sony has plans to extend this functionality by releasing a development kit that will enable users to create their own Internet radio player.

To quote: A developer kit for creating an Internet radio player will be provided on the Japan-region Web site. The date the kit will be made available will be announced as soon as it has been decided.

Nice news indeed, as soon PSP users be able to easily add custom radio stations.
 

Capcom shares hit five-year high

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380w ago - Capcom, developer and publisher of the Resident Evil franchise, today saw its shares hit a five-year high, closing at 2,855 yen (approx $25) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Bloomberg reports that this was the highest close for the company since September 26, 2002, and that the climb was due to "expectation sales," meaning the assumption that upcoming Capcom Wii games will boost earnings. Capcom expects annual sales to rise 11 percent after doubling the number of its Wii titles to six.

The Osaka-based company's stock has risen 14 percent in the last two days alone, totalling a 33 percent gain in the last year, compared to an 8.8 percent decline in the benchmark Topix index.

Capcom was founded in 1979 and has published franchises including the Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan), Devil May Cry, and Phoenix Wright series, along with critically acclaimed titles, including Okami, from its now defunct Clover Studio.
 
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