Today sees the publication of the Develop 100 - our yearly guide to the world's most bankable studios - and Blizzard Entertainment this year takes the top spot.
Knocking Nintendo down to second place, the studio responsible for World of Warcraft takes the number one position thanks to its yearly billion dollar revenue generating ability across both online and offline forms. World of Warcraft has also truly penetrated pop culture, inspiring everything from web memes to episodes of The Simpsons, showing Blizzard's ability to not only create compelling experiences but also court user expectations.
The Develop 100, sponsored exclusively by Emergent, is an invaluable guide that throws light on the real winners in the world’s fastest-growing creative industry.
The list is put together by the magazine's editorial team, who have taken into account a variety of criteria including key sales charts made available by the likes of GfK-ChartTrack, NPD and Famitsu, success of online business models, Metacritic scores and industry standing.
From A2M to Zoe Mode, the book is a definitive list of the best game developers around the world.
31 studios from across Europe feature in the list - 26 of them in the UK. These include the likes of Rockstar North (third on the list and responsible for the Grand Theft Auto franchise), LEGO Star Wars developer Traveller's Tales (11th) and Media Molecule (18th), the developer of LittleBigPlanet - and the highest placed independent UK studio on the list.
The listing, from 1 to 100, plus a free digital edition, can be found at www.develop100.com.
More analysis and data can be found here on the Develop site, with a free edition also available to view at Issuu.