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

Develop Studio Sales Charts: February

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

The Develop Studios Sales Charts will be published on’s news pages at the end of each month.

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.


1. Gearbox Software
2. Visceral Games
3. EA Canada
4. Treyarch
5. Ubisoft (Montreal)
6. Crytek
7. Platinum Games
8. Level 5
9. Nintendo
10 Traveller’s Tales

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

Gearbox jumps in at the top spot after the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which has managed to sell well despite a poor critical reception for the title, which garnered an average review score of 48 on Metacritic for Xbox 360.

Last month’s other biggest movers include Platinum Games and Level 5, which both rocketed up almost 50 places each to rank at 7th and 8th thanks to the releases of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Ni no Kuni.

As with January, the US once again dominates the top 20 with seven studios.

The UK comes in at a close second, represented by five studios including Traveller’s Tales, Criterion Games, Sumo Digital, Playground Games and Ninja Theory – the same developers as featured last month except for Sports Interactive, which has dropped out the top 20.

Almost half of the studios were independent developers.

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