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Game development companies - rating

Crocoapps editorial

Crocoapps editorial

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Welcome to the Crocoapps studio blog. Today we will talk about the leading developers of computer games. Among them are the companies that created the famous StarCraft, WarCraft, Counter Strike. These are legendary games well known to hundreds of millions of users. The game development studios below can be called the creators of the modern game development industry.

Rating of computer game developers

In front of our eyes, the computer games industry is entering the leading places in the field of entertainment. Several thousand new games are released every year. The seemingly unshakable positions of cinema are cracking under the pressure of a new giant. This is not surprising - after all, a new film is usually watched only once, at best, two or three. And fans can play their favorite computer strategy all day long.

Every year, the volume of funds revolving in this business is growing. Investors are attracted by the fast return on investment. The average game will pay off within a year. Successful products bring in millions of dollars in profits, and the top ones can be compared with the most profitable blockbusters in the history of cinema.

The computer games industry in its current form is a little over 30 years old. Such rapid growth undoubtedly testifies to the huge potential of the industry. In the coming years, in terms of the amount of money earned, game development will inevitably become the world leader in the entire field of entertainment. Therefore, investing in game dev is one of the most promising capital investments.

TOP 10 development studios

In our rating, there are leading companies in the development of computer games. Many of them were at the origins of the industry. The employees of these studios have written legendary games that have become milestones in the development of the gaming industry.

10. Naughty Dog

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The studio was founded in 1984. Located in Santa Monica (California). It has had its current name since 1989.

Became famous after the release of Crash Bandicoot. In 2001, it entered the structure of Sony and since then has been releasing games mainly for the consoles of this company. There are also releases for Android.

Among the studio's popular products are the post-apocalyptic drama The Last of Us and the Uncharted series.

9. Capcom

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The Japanese company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Osaka. Started with the production of gaming machines. After reorganization in 1983, it adopted its current name.

The developer's first breakthrough was the release of the Ness game console. Among the brand's popular old-school games are Mega Man and the 90s street action fighter Street Fighter. Another hit of the company is Devil May Cry.

Today, the company's portfolio includes a lot of shooters, quests, racing, arcades, action games and role-playing games created for almost all platforms on the market. Popular series include Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Dead Rising.

8. Rockstar Games

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The American corporation headquartered in New York was created in 1998 as a result of the merger of several studios. There are about a dozen divisions of companies. The most famous is Rockstar North from Edinburgh, Scotland. It can often be seen in such ratings as an independent player (which it is not).

The company's most famous game is Grand Theft Auto. Five generations of this action game with an interesting gangster plot have already been released. GTA 5 became the most profitable game in history, bringing its creators $6 billion. Among other well-known products of the brand are Manhunt, Max Rayne, Red Dead. The main platforms are PC, Sony and Xbox.

7. Electronic Arts

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The American corporation was established in 1982, headquartered in Redwood City (California). Initially, it was mainly engaged in the distribution of video games. Subsequently, she also took up development. It is one of the largest publishers.

EA Sports was spun off in 1993. This brand works on sports simulators and is the leader in this segment of computer games.

In 2004, the EA Games brand was replaced by a new one - EA. Most of the company's games are released under this brand today.

Among the well-known products of Electronic Arts are FIFA, NHL simulators, Need for Speed ​​races, the Harry Potter series, The Sims, Dead Space, Battlefield.

6. Bethesda

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Two American companies are known under this name. Bethesda Softworks was founded in 1986 in Rockville, Maryland. The first success is the release of the sports simulator Gridiron! The game was dedicated to American football.

Subsequently, the company released such popular products as role-playing games The Elder Scrolls and shooters in the world of the apocalypse Fallout.

Today, the company is mainly engaged in publishing activities. She owns the rights to the legendary Doom and Quake.

In 2001, Bethesda Game Studios spun off from the structure of the parent company, and today it is developing new products for the brand.

5. Valve

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Our top game development companies simply could not do without this American corporation. After all, it was Valve who created the Steam environment for hosting computer games. But even without this invaluable contribution, the developer's achievements look quite impressive.

The company was founded in 1996. Headquarters - Bellevue (Washington). Half-Life was released in 1998 and became a sensation a year before it hit the market. After that, the company released several shooters and action games, most of which became real hits and legends.

Among the brand's products are such gaming industry blockbusters as Counter-Strike and Dota 2. From simple toys, these products have turned into world sports phenomena.

Prizes at international computer competitions can compete with the leading competitions in tennis and boxing.

Valve games are designed primarily for PC, although there are versions for mobile phones and consoles.

4. Sega

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This international company was founded in 1940 in Japan. The main office is in Tokyo. Large regional branches are located in California (Irvine), Seoul and London.

Corporation in 1980–90 was one of the undisputed leaders in the industry, releasing games for its own consoles. Only about a dozen different models of consoles were released. Since 2001, she stopped the production of consoles and focused on the release of games.

The most famous brand character is Sonic the Hedgehog. Popular games and series include: Sonic the Hedgehog, Allien, Football Manager, Total War, Endless Space, Company of Heroes.

3. Ubisoft

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The top three of the rating is opened by a French developer headquartered in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris. The corporation was founded in 1986. Today it owns branches and studios in dozens of countries around the world, including Russia, Canada, China, the USA, Italy, Ukraine.

The company has released hundreds of games for all major platforms. More than 300 Ubisoft titles have been released for PC alone. New products are released annually for all types of game consoles and smartphones.

We owe the appearance of Assassins, Prince of Persia, Rayman to the French developer. Among the most popular game series: Rayman, Far Cry, Tom Clancy.

The company has developed several game engines, including the Dunia Engine. Ubisoft works mainly in such genres as action, shooters, quests, racing.

The corporation owns many branches and subsidiaries. For example, the Canadian Ubisoft Montreal is often mentioned in such ratings as an independent company.

2. Blizzard

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The famous American company was founded almost 30 years ago - in February 1991. The headquarters is located in California (Irvine).

The first developments were devoted to car racing and were released for Sega game consoles. The most important step in the history of Blizzard and a real breakthrough was the release in 1994 of the legendary Warcraft. This game immediately became a worldwide bestseller. Over the past decades, several new games have been released in the world of Warcraft, including the famous MMORPG WoW.

Since 1996, the company has been working on the Diablo series, many releases of which have also become hits. Another resounding success awaited the Starcraft military space strategy. Transferring the battlefield to the stars has fully justified itself and added popularity to the company. The developer's other notable series include Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Blizzard has repeatedly changed hands, the studio was overtaken by acquisitions and mergers. Today the company is a conglomerate that combines the functions of a developer and a publisher. The release of each new game is expected by millions of fans around the world.

Blizzard works with all popular platforms. Most of the games are available on PC, some are also on consoles, and some are on smartphones.

1. Nintendo

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The oldest company on the list was founded in the century before last - in 1889. The office of the Japanese corporation is located in Kyoto.

Nintendo began developing electronic games in 1978. In 1983, the first game console was released, which immediately captures 90% of the Japanese market. It is since 1983 that the modern history of the company as a developer of computer games has been counted. Then the Nintendo EAD division was created.

Over the years, the company has released dozens of different games. Most of them were developed for Nintendo's own platforms. Some games are available on smartphones, PCs, and other consoles.

For four decades in the gaming industry, the studio has made several revolutions. According to some experts, it was Nintendo that saved the industry after the crisis of the early 80s. The company's developers created the legendary characters of the virtual world: Super Mario, Zelda and the famous Pokémon.

Among the company's most popular games and series: Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Pokemon. Most of the brand's products today are available for the Wii U console.


We have described the most famous and popular game development companies. The list does not include some legendary developers like Atari. The console of this brand was very popular decades ago. But today the company has given up its positions. The rating does not include such monsters as Microsoft and Sony. Still, these corporations are better known in other areas, and games are released mainly for their own products.

But we will talk about our Crocoapps studio. In the mobile and game development market since 2008. We are consistently in the TOP-50 of the Runet rating of mobile developers.


We cooperate with well-known Russian institutions, corporations and network business representatives in Moscow. For example, we are developing a mobile food delivery application for Niyama restaurants. For one of the largest online learning companies, we have developed the Foxford Textbook mobile application.

Therefore, if you visited our site in search of a professional studio for the development of mobile applications and games, leave your application and we will be happy to discuss the details and get to work.


Crocoapps editorial

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