A Game Publisher is as equally important as a Game Developer. Game Developers are either hired by the Publishers to make games for their company or the Game Developers come to the Publishers to publish their games themselves. In some cases, the giant Publishing companies buy the game developing studios to make games only for their company, i.e Activision has Infinity Ward and Treyarch, EA has DICE and Danger Close and others. There very few Publishing companies that never fail to deliver quality games and I am going to be mentioning some of those companies. Below are Top 10 Publishers of Gaming Industry.
10. EA(Electronic Arts)
EA,a company that has been ruling the Gaming Industry of USA for quite some time now. They have been the ones who have brought us the popular Battlefield,Need For Speed,Medal Of Honor and Fifa Franchises,just to name a few. It is a pioneer in the Gaming Industry worldwide and it’s game sales generate more then $3 Billion per annum as of 2012.
Ubisoft is a Game Publishing company based in France. It is the third largest independent game publisher in Europe, and the third largest in the United States. It has brought us many great franchises like, Rainbow Six,Assassins Creed,Far Cry,Splinter Cell,to name a few. It’s game sales generate a revenue of €970 million or more per annum .
It was founded in 1989 in the United States, the company develops products for video game consoles, handheld game systems, as well as for personal computers. Over the years,it has made it’s presence felt in the gaming world by making some critically and commercially acclaimed games. Some of it’s famous franchises include, Red Faction,Saints Row Series,WWE series,Metro 2033,to name a few. It’s games revenue generate about $665 million per annum as of 2011.
7. Square Enix
It is a Japanese game publishing company. The company also owns Taito Corporation and former game publisher Eidos Interactive, which has been absorbed into Square Enix Europe. Some of it’s most known franchises include,Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider,Hitman,Deus Ex,to name a few. It’s game sales generate a revenue of around ¥125,271 million per annum as of 2011.
is a Japan’s leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, arcade cabinets and video games. It has been widely respected and regarded as one of the greatest game producing companies all around the world. Some of it’s most famous franchises include Metal Gear,Saw,Silent Hill,TMNT,Castlevania,to name a few. Its revenue from game sales generate around ¥309,771 million (US$3.24 billion).
5. Activision Blizzard
Activision and Blizzard were both merged into one company as Activison Blizzard. The company is majority owned by French conglomerate Vivendi SA. Some of it’s most famouse franchises include,Call of Duty,Tony Hawk,World of Warcraft,StarCraft,Diablo. It’s revenue generated from it’s game sales generate US$4.755 billion.
Sony’s name on the list shouldn’t come as surprise to many of you. Sony stepped into the gaming industry with it’s popular PlayStation consoles. Play Station 2 is still one of the most successfully running consoles in many parts of the world and Sony’s Play Station 3 is successful all around the globe. Sony,to ensure that their console appeals to wider range of audience and sells more and more has been making Exclusive Games for it’s console. Namely, Uncharted series,Killzone series,InFamous series and Gran Turismo and others. All these games have played a key role in the popularity of the console. Its upcoming exclusive is,The Last of Us and God of War IV maybe unveiled in a few months.
3. Microsoft Game Studios
The Studios were established in 2002 as Microsoft Game Studios to coincide with the release of the Xbox, before being re-branded in 2011. Microsoft Studios develops and publishes games in conjunction with first and third party development studios under their publishing label. They play a major role in the popularity of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. They have been making Exclusive Games for the studio ever since it’s inception. Many popular games of it have appealed to majority of the Gamers who bought the Console. Some of it’s popular titles include, Fable series,Halo series,Forza Motorsport series,Gears Of War series and others.
Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming the most influential in the industry, and Japan’s third most valuable listed company, with a market value of over US$85 billion. It has been a popular console all over the world and are just in competition with PS3 and Xbox 360. Some of their popular franchises are,Mario series, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda,etc.
1. Take Two Interactive (2K Games, 2K Play, 2K Sports, Rockstar Games)
is a major American publisher, developer, and distributor of video games and video game peripherals. Take-Two wholly owns 2K Games and Rockstar Games. Their games have been the ones who have raked in the most amount of money(combined) behind EA and Activison but each of their game franchises have a following that get bigger and better by each new installment. Their games are always different and fresh,in the sense of ideas and visualization of the game and the characters. Some of their most popular game franchises include, Grand Theft Auto,Max Payne,BioShock,Borderlands,etc