- 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
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...