The most bankable game studios in the world today, measured by retail sales data

Develop Studio Sales Charts: Publisher-owned studios knock independent devs out of top ten in November

Below is Develop’s breakdown of the world’s most successful games studios, measured by UK revenue at retail, with data provided by GfK Chart-Track.

Please note that digital sales are not included in the calculations, nor are retail transactions made outside the UK. The chart is intended to provide a snapshot of the most bankable studios in the world today.

Directly below is the basic top ten but click on the image further down for the full top 20 including the studio’s best selling title for the month and which consoles it was sold to.

November’s top ten developers

1. Sledgehammer Games
2. Ubisoft Montreal
3. Rockstar North
4. High Moon Studios
5. EA Canada
6. 343 Industries
7. Traveller’s Tales
8. Yuke’s / Visual Concepts
9. BioWare
10. Nintendo

^^ Right click, View Image, for full detailed chart ^^

Sledgehammer Games was the top studio this month thanks to sales of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. Ubisoft Montreal took second place meanwhile after releasing another blockbuster, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and Rockstar North took third following the PS4 and Xbox One launch of Grand Theft Auto V.

Publisher-owned studios took up 17 spots in the top 20, and completed dominated the top ten. The only independent developers were 4J Studios, Insomniac and Bungie, though the latter has a ten year publishing deal with Activision for Destiny.

Five UK studios made the top 20, including Rockstar North, Traveller’s Tales, 4J Studios, Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly. Eight studios are based in the USA, three from Canada, two from Japan and another from Bulgaria.

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