Top Ten Best Video Game Developers

The Top Ten

1 Nintendo Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and software company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

9 best selling game systems, and at least 5 game franchises not games, GAME FRANCHISES that influenced the world of gaming forever, Nintendo pulled the gaming industry out of the dump, and has topped the market more times than any other company. They should be number one, and it is a damn shame that they aren't the NES, and Mario franchises are considered, by most to be the best home console, and best game franchise of all time. Not Konami, nor Valve, nor Capcom can even come close to comparing.

Why isn't this #1? They didn't just make one great franchise (like others above) they made Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Super Smash Bros, Pokemon, Mother (Earthbound), Pikmin... Do I really have to list any more?

Valve is incredible, but they wouldn't exist if it weren't for Nintendo! Nintendo managed to singlehandedly save the videogame industry when it was in a slump, Nintendo should definitely be highest on this list!

I bet if you went out on the street with iconic video game characters from various companies and franchises on sheets of paper and asked pedestrians the names of those characters, Nintendo's characters would be the most recognized. That just says it all. Nintendo does what others can't-they have produced game franchises and consoles that nearly everyone has had some contact with. For other franchises, you have to be more familiar with the gaming scene. But Nintendo goes beyond gaming. It's a pop culture staple, recognized by nearly everyone.

2 Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog is hands down the best developer out there besides Insomniac Games. And started off with Crash Bandicoot which was the perfect mascot and character for its time. Perfect for the age group that it was directed toward. Moving onto the world of Jak and Daxter set the benchmark of gaming for its era, defining what story telling and gampeplay is really supposed to be. Moving onto the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. Both of these games are absolute masterpieces. They've come a long way from where they started and no one has ever put as much effort into making a video game than Naughty Dog. They are the god of video game developers.

Naughty Dog is unique in the industry. Everything you do is a masterpiece, games with a great narrative quality, like Uncharted and The Last of Us. All games released so far are considered great games by critics that allow us to conclude the great competence of the company. It also has excellent developers such as Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley, Anthony Newman, Kurt Margenau and many others. Naughty Dog has revolutionized the way of storytelling in the world of video games. It brought depth and richness to these narratives, all of which made the game still fun. Excellent gameplay, graphics. Today it is the best developer, without a doubt.

Certainly without a DOUBT the best game developers. They made Jak and Daxter! Definitely my favourite games! ( 1, 2 and 3 coming to ps3 on 1 disc- February 2012, with 3D and trophies! No rumour, it's been confirmed! ) Plus they made Uncharted- much more popular, and still fantastic games! Also the hit games crash bandicoot and sonic the hedgehog (also sega) were made by them. How are they not top?

Naughty dog deserves to be in the top 5 at least. Maybe even top 3. Every single game they have created have been nothing short of magnificent. From crash and jak and daxter to uncharted and the last of us, they have NEVER failed to meet expectations, at first I was fine with their #6 spot but after creating the last of us, they deserve the #3 spot in my opinion behind Bethesda and Valve. Rock star makes a great case for #3 too but I feel like naughty dogs story telling, puts them just a hair ahead, I write this review right before Grand Theft Auto V so most likely I would put them at #3 and and at 4 after it releases and I play it, but naughty dog deserves a top 5 spot for sure.

3 Bethesda Bethesda Game Studios is an American in-house development team at Bethesda Softworks established in 2002. Previously synonymous with parent publisher Bethesda Softworks, the studio's name and logo were established with the release of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind in 2002. The studio is currently ...read more.

The games Bethesda made that I have played (Fallout 3, Fallout NV, TESIV: Oblivion, TESV: Skyrim) have never failed to impress.

Fallout 3, the pinnacle of Bethesda's storytelling. Escaping from 101, searching desperately for my dad, restoring clean water to the Capital - their story encouraged me to live in their world, to feel angry at the creators of the vaults, to laugh at the strangeness of Little Lamplight. I cannot express the sadness I felt when I sacrificed myself to put in the code to activate the purifier. But you know what? I didn't go back to a previous save to continue my journey and sacrifice later. I was satisfied.

TESV: Skyrim is a beautiful game with beautiful gameplay mechanics. I entered a world where I would make hard choices about the war, whilst at the same time experiencing the thrill and extremely gratifying experience of killing dragons, all occurring within an environment that defied the turmoil and conflict through its beauty, and conversely ...more

Uhh... Fallout 3, 4, 76. Outstanding games. Their crowning achievement is Skyrim and Oblivion. Not bad at all.

These guys deserve as many medals as they could possibly get. They know what their fans want and work their asses off to make sure they get it. Their attention to details are always appreciated and obvious. A prime example of their brilliance are: The Elder Scroll Series and the Fallout Series.

TESV Skyrim, this game is the best game I have ever played in my opinion, I got it for Christmas from my brother and my mother, and when I started playing into the game, I was just amazed by everything, I was dying a lot but I was having fun! , because I knew that if I would die, I would have to sit back and think of a strategy on how to kill the boss inside a cave or burrow, and throughout the game I started to learn more about the war, the power of the voice, about alduin reviving dragons, the storyline was amazing, I loved everything about it, and when I was small I loved dragons and I still do to this day, and skyrim had all my dreams come true for a game, the gameplay mechanics are smooth and amazing, I would find small glitches around areas, but I wasn't getting frustrated, I was just dying of laughter because the glitches were really funny. This game, the amount of time it took me to finish it, took about a year, no joke, I was playing this game for so long, I was doing so many ...more

4 Valve Valve Corporation is an American video game developer, publisher and digital distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

Half-Life introduced narrative and story telling for FPS, it also had AI that would fight each other. Half-Life 2 is still the standard today for single player campaigns, it has the first real physics interactions in gaming, it introduced top quality facial animations and overall incredible graphics. The Half-Life series set the bar for single player FPS games.

Counter-Strike is the number 1 online action game series. It's success revolves on its skill-based game-play and clever maps.

Team Fortress 2, despite being 6 years old, is still one of most played FPS today. It has been VALVe's playground for experimentation and is now one of the most versatile FPS to exist. It introduced community-created content as part of a game.

Portal series is the most innovative FPS experience in recent years, if not of all time. It's an entirely new kind of experience with great humour and clever design. You are now thinking with portals.

The Left4Dead series showed us what ...more

Valve continues to push the industry forward with novel gameplay, features, narrative, interaction, and physics. By far they are the most influential and valuable developer around.

VALVe has the best CEO too, Gabe Newell! They made the World's Best Online Game, Team Fortress 2, and the World's Best First-person Shooter of 2004, Half-Life 2. Portal 2 has one of the best story lines and great soundtrack and graphics. Well done to VALVe.

They, literally, have NOT EVER released a game that isn't at least good, and while the vast majority are amazing to play (half life 2, team fortress 2, Portal 2 (lots of 2's... )), they have never made a bad game!
The absolute geniuses of gaming today!

5 RockStar North Rockstar North Limited is a British video game developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company was founded as Acme Software, in Dundee in 1984, by classmates David Jones, Russell Kay, Steve Hammond, and Mike Dailly, and was renamed DMA Design in 1987.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ROCKSTAR GAMES! 1) They actually take time in making their games, in order to make the game as good as possible; unlike Infinity Ward who are lazy. For example, MW3 is exactly the same as MW2. 2) All their games are new and fresh, E. G Grand Theft Auto V will have added submarines, jet planes and 3 playable characters, since Grand Theft Auto IV. 3) They have made some of the best computer game characters ever. 4) The games environments feel alive and look beautiful E. G Red Dead Redemption.

Grand Theft Auto, L.A. noire, Max Payne 3, Red Dead redemption and Bully. I look forward to everything RockStar continues to produce, as they are truly the pioneers of the industry, whether that would be in facial animation, story telling or pushing the boundaries of open world game-play. Alongside with Valve and Naughty dog, currently the best developer.

They have no bad games and always listen to their customers. Rockstar and Valve are my favorites but I'll vote for Rockstar because Valve is already where it deserves to be. By the way, what is Infinity Ward doing? MW3 proves they don't listen to customers at all.

Should be above Bethesda and Valve. It's a toss up between Naughty Dog and Rockstar though.

6 Square Enix Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company that is best known for its role-playing video game franchises, which include the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing game series.

From Chrono Trigger to Nier Automata, currently playing Octopath Traveler. Square Enix is the best J-RPG game company to date. Their games doesn't let you grind, instead they make you go through the story with whatever you have at the time. Every Square Enix game you have is full of emotion and relatable characters (sometimes they feel like anime characters) which I instantly care for. And boy is the environment magical.

Don't know why this isn't in the top ten, this company made games like Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts, who doesn't love those? I know how Valve can be in first place, they're not only one of the most well known companies (who am I supporting here? ) they're one of the smartest, but I think SE deserves a stop in the top ten

Kingdom Hearts is reason enough, and the later installments in the Final Fantasy series are, even if they aren't as good as the earlier ones, still some really awesome games. And if we go back even further we have Chrono Trigger, which even after two decades is one of the best games ever made.

I love Square Enix there the best game developers ever. I am 12 almost 13 but I'm a game developer. I love making games and I currently have a idea for a role playing game but my idea goes why beyond even my knowledge. I wish I could get in touch with Square Enix

7 Bioware

To be frank, I hated games when I was young. All my friends played some sort of video games like World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto, Halo etc. I never liked any of the games back then as I don't find satisfaction on shooting some random people in the face for no reason, nor do I find constant grinding entertaining. The biggest downfall for games at the time though was I couldn't find any game that was immersive or story-compelling enough for me to play, and so I resort to books and movies. However all that changed just a few years ago when I stumbled upon Mass Effect 2 & Dragon Age Origins.

Both these games are unique in their own way but one thing is common though is that they have one heck of a story and incredible characters that almost feels human. Choices made by me matters in these two games and for the first time I actually feel immersed into the story of a game. Dragon Age filled my hopes for a fantasy world where nothing is truly black or white while Mass Effect 2 set ...more

Really love Bioware's games. Played the entire Mass Effect trilogy and all three Dragon Age games. I'm very much hoping they will continue making such amazing games and won't focus fully on multiplayer games. Storytelling is definitely their best quality. Mass Effect 3's ending genuinely made me sob. (EA, keep your hands off this company and let them make their games.)
Really respecting Bioware. I mean, they made the Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC. Hands down, best DLC I have ever played in my entire life.

Mass Effect Series, Dragon Age Origins, Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate

For me, BioWare sets the standard for character development. Their NPC's are well-rounded and realistic, as are (most) of your interactions with them. They also lead the industry in allowing character choice to customize the player experience without detracting from the overall narrative. Hands down, BioWare has made the most compelling grand scale narratives in gaming (Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect).

8 Capcom Capcom Co., Ltd., or Capcom, is a Japanese developer and publisher of video games, known for creating multi-million-selling franchises such as Mega Man, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Ace Attorney, and Monster Hunter, as well as highly successful games based on the Disney animated properties. ...read more.

Indeed! They also did a really good game for the PS2 Called Under the skin. You play as a Three year old alien called Cosmi fro the Planet Mischief. Every Alien Must go to a new planet to learn mischief, and Cosmi chose Earth, The Hardest challenge, to become a hero.

The game is seen in a Third - Person Perspective. And you have to prank people to earn coins, and complete the mission whatever it be in 10 minutes or less.

Pranks include:

Torches
Hula Hoops
Karaoke (Turn people's faces white with your tone deaf singing! )
Dinosaurs
Sharks
Cannons
And many more!

P.S. You will be attacked in your alien form, so you can transform into people to hide from them. There is also a stage similar to Resident Evil!

Coming out with great games like every single decade. Megaman, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Dead Rising, Most consistent video game company

Resident Evil, Megaman, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, Okami, Ace Attorney, Viewtiful Joe, Dead Rising, Ghosts n' Goblins and the Disney games for the NES. Those are all masterpieces that make Capcom deserve a place in the Top 10.

What?! Capcom has the greatest game ever! Megaman, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Street Fighter. I could go on and on!

9 Ubisoft Montreal

I've played almost all games made by Ubisoft Montreal. I love each and every game of theirs and the way they've connected Far Cry, Watch Dogs and Assasssin's Creed into one universe. I'm gonna vote for ubisoft

Assasins creed series, farcry series, prince of persia series, and splinter cell series are awesome I love ubisoft games

Nothing there to beat assassin creed

They made best game that's ever been made assassins creed I its story is way better than any other game now get real and play assassins creed I

10 Rare Rare is a British video game developer located in Twycross, Leicestershire. The company was established in 1985 by Tim and C hris Stamper, founders of Ultimate Play the Game. During its early years, Rare was backed by an unlimited budget from Nintendo, primarily concentrated on Nintendo Entertainment ...read more.

Banjo-Kazooie (And Banjo-Tooie)
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Perfect Dark
Donkey Kong Country Trilogy
Battletoads
Wizards & Warriors
Killer Instinct
Goldeneye 007
Donkey Kong

How can a developer that's made that many classic games not be on the list?!

All of those franchises (except Donkey kong) owned by Microsoft where they are all forgotten. - Harri666

The thing that makes Rare so great is the fact that they perfect any genre they touch. Tell them to make a platformer, they give you Banjo-Kazooie. Ask them for a racer, you get Diddy Kong Racing. Fighting game? Take Killer Instinct. Say what you will about their tenure with Microsoft, that doesn't change the fact that they made the best life simulator on 360 (Viva Pinata). Even their Kinect games have that Rare charm to them, and I'm looking forward to their newest game, a pirate adventure game called Sea of Thieves.

They make my fave game of all time love you rare!

Come back to Nintendo

The Contenders

11 id Software ID Software is a video game developer, founded in February 1, 1991 by John Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall, Adrian Carmack (Not related to John Carmack), and Jay Wilbur. They made heavy contributions to the video gaming industry, as they are considered the founders of the fps genre, with classic games ...read more.

DOOM, Quake, Rage.. Progressing the industry forward in terms of graphics and physics. DOOM 2016 is a jewel.

This is the most important company of all time in the context of the First person shooter games. All it's technology has been used by other companies like VALVe (The source engine has some stuff from the ID Tech engine 2 and half life 1 is ENTIRELY done with some of John Carmack's engines). And their games are some of the best games I have ever seen: Doom, Quake, Rage, Wolfenstein,... 11/10

Due to id Software being one of the most influential companies in the industry (wrote the books on FPS), I would like to believe they should be higher on the list. However, I can understand why it is not in the top 10 due to their current relevance in the industry. Hopefully, the relative success of Doom 4 will change that in the near future!

These guys need to be in the top 10 at least. One of the most important studios in the industry, or at least they are historically one of the most important.

12 Blizzard Blizzard was founded under the name Silicon & Synapse on February 8, 1991 by Michael Morhaime, Frank Pearce, and Allen Adham. They primarily made ports of other games for other studios until 1993, when they made Rock N Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings . In 1994, They became Chaos Studios, Then Blizzard ...read more.

Diablo, Starcraft, Warcraft, and now Overwatch.. I'd like to put just one of those on my resume.

Even though Blizzard is catering to a bit of a niche crowd, they manage to have a massive fanbase of dedicated and loyal people. And even though the games they make may not be appealing to everyone, they are all quality games with a lot of money and work put into them. Also, Blizzard's story department are geniuses. The stories in WoW, Diablo and StarCraft are just amazing with a super rich lore. Blizzard is just the best dev out there right now

I dare anybody to name one video game title that Blizzard has touched that has gone bad (At least as of the posting of this comment, 11/11/2010)

Blizzard has the most stellar creatively unique and imaginative game developers out there. Each outstanding game they create has a vast ever-expanding universe, each with their own story and intriguing lore from StarCraft, Diablo, Warcraft, and Overwatch! Blizzard has the greatest jaw-dropping cinematics hands down! I've always imagined if they'll ever create an MMOFPS like StarCraft Universe someday! A gamer can dream.

13 Sega Sega Games Co., Ltd., originally short for Service Games and officially styled as SEGA, is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with multiple offices around the world.

They invented the amazing Sonic the Hedgehog!

Sega created sonic, shenmue, and the best consoles. Agree or disagree doesn't matter. The fact is without sega, you wouldn't have online gaming. The dreamcast allowed for online gaming right out of the box. Even before that there was a net link for the Saturn, and even one for the genesis

Where is SEGA on this list? They made the Sonic the Hedgehog line of games for crying out loud!

Let me list the games. Shinobi, Sonic, Phantasy Star, Shenmue, Jet Set Radio, Altered Beast, Shining Force, The list goes on

14 Insomniac

Ratchet and clank is the most unique game I have ever played. These games are one of my favorites of all time. Insomniac really puts time and creativity into their games. Thank you for the great games.

Insomniac brought me spyro, ratchet and clank and resistance.

Spyro, Resistance and Sunset Overdrive alone deserve giving Insomniac a spot in the top 10, but Ratchet and Clank makes this developer top 5 worthy. Ratchet and Clank is just so much fun. Also, the new Spiderman game looks amazing. Best developer behind Naughty Dog

They would be much better if it weren't for Universal interactive studios and they could keep the Spyro franchise.

15 Rockstar Games Rockstar Games, Inc. is a multinational video game developer and publisher best known for their Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead, Midnight Club, Max Payne, Bully, and Manhunt games.

Ok lets get one thing straight Rockstar is a good company but don't give them credit for work that isn't theirs rockstar north based in my home city edinburgh, scotland the are the creators of the Grand Theft Auto games now and always will use to be DMA who made the original Grand Theft Auto games now Rockstar North there are only 4 Grand Theft Auto Games the didn't make and Rockstar Leeds made them and that is Liberty city stories, Vice city stories, Chinatown wars and Grand Theft Auto Advanced

The best game developers..

If you are a Grand Theft Auto fan, then you will love Rockstar!

Haven't played any, but I hear good things.

16 Bungie Bungie, Inc. is an American video game developer located in Bellevue, Washington, United States. The company was established in May 1991 as Bungie Software Products Corporation by University of Chicago undergraduate student Alex Seropian, who later brought in programmer Jason Jones after publishing ...read more.

I voted for Bungie because I know where they are headed. Though they are currently in a primitive condition, due to their recent split with Microsoft, they will rise to be as well-known as Valve and Rockstar in the next 10 years, that I can assure you. They are already very popular due to their community spirit, and for creating the most successful sci-fi video game franchise of all-time: Halo.

And as if that wasn't enough, they are currently working on what looks to be the game that will have possibly the biggest effect out of all next-gen games: Destiny - a highly innovative FPSMMO that will take players to the stars.

Now that they are an independent company, and not under the money-grabbing grip of Microsoft, they will gradually start making subsidiary companies to make games for them, and they will begin to publish their own games. When this happens, Bungie will officially have made it where they deserve to be.

Bungie has the best ears when it comes to listening to their community. They NEVER fail to impress, their skyboxes are unmatched, their gun controls and mechanics are flawless, they sold the #1 game of all time on Xbox, Destiny is a massive flagship game that is still going strong (especially after the release of The Taken King ), and they never fail to get their community involved with feedback and improvements.

This is almost insulting to see this compnay so far down on the list. They deserve way more props than 12th place. They deserve at least 5th. I believe that if they catered to the PC community more, they'd get even bigger recognition. In my opinion, Bungie is one of the best gaming developers of all time. Their legacy continues and they never fail to impress.

Bungie have had an all star class of actors work on Halo 2, they have had 3 of their games game of the year. And John McCarthy is working on Destiny enough said.

Uh halo. Also making destiny

17 From Software

Quality over quality. That's their belief. And make our games super fun and challenging

The company full of sadists. You've got to love them

Praise the Sun! Do I need to say anything.

From Software is my favorite company of all time (along with gamefreak and Nintendo). If you hate From's games you probably aren't a hardcore gamer.

18 Eidos Interactive Eidos Interactive was a British software technology developer and video game publisher, now operating as Square Enix Europe.

Tomb Raider, Enough said. Now owned by Square Enix.

Eidos and square enix are the same

19 Infinity Ward Infinity Ward is an American video game developer. They developed the video game Call of Duty, along with five other installments in the Call of Duty series.

Seriously? How the hell is this here?

Love infinity ward for captain price and soap mactavcish

Maybe if every Call of Duty they made had the same quality as Modern Warfare 1, but since they aren't, I really don't think they're one of the best.

They should be in the top 5

20 CD Projekt RED

Highest rated and achieving game of all time. They turnout an alright novel series into a world renowned series and showed the world would a narrative adventure video game can become. Witcher 3. CD-Projekt Red keeps making successes one after another.

They made the witcher as good as they could, given the budget. Released it. It was good, so money started rolling in. Then they improoved it with enchanced edition, not just patches. Talking about patches, final patch removed all copyright protection. How thoughtful is that? No copyright protection for witcher 2, instead they wanted to file lawsuits directly against illegal downloaders. People complained, they dropped the idea. Instead they appealed to people just to buy games and support the developers. There is something inspiring about all of this. Perhaps when they get rich they will become corporate, but for now Rohan will answer...

Seriously? CDPR is the best, they have made masterpiece like The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

CD Projekt RED seem to be one of the few companies that still genuinely care about their games, and not just the money they make with them. They still are what Valve and Bethesda used to be. And I can respect that.

21 Kojima Productions

Kojima should be right up there, at least at 3, you know a game developer is loyal to its customers when they literally were thinking about cancelling metal gear solid 5, but chose not to, saying "with mgs5 were taking quality over sales" not to mention metal gear solid is one of the gaming industries most respected franchises with one of if nit the best on-going story! Kudos to kojima and can't wait for mgs5!

Kojima should be at least 3rd or 4th, have you played any of their games?

Kojima was one of Konami's key developers. However, Konami fired him. Konami should be bankrupt and be abandoned for their such dumb actions.

Kojima is way better than Naughty Dog and Rockstar

22 Namco Bandai

. . . and there's my favorite game: TEKKEN.

Terrible company

DRAGON BALL Z XENVOERSE

23 Hudson Soft

If Love Bomberman but sadly its died with Konami

24 Bohemia Interactive

BI Studios have done a fantastic job in their genre of development tactical/military sim and for sure has created some of the best games ever like Operation Flashpoint, ArmA Cold War Assault, ArmA 2, ArmA 3, and rising masterpiece DayZ which could be one of the best games of the decade.

Take On, ARMA, DayZ

The king, queen, and court jester of simulation games.

They are one of those rare game devlopers like Valve what actually listens to community and supports them. Even when new game from OPF/ARMA series comes out. Like when Arma 3 game out from being public ALPHA/BETA, year after that Gamespy shutted down. And still they released patch for arma 2 multiplayer, even when most of community moved to Arma 3. That shows they do care about community. Also they made addon creating contest for arma 3 called "Make ARMA not war"

25 Digital Illusions CE (DICE)

Mirror's edge, bf3 and 4 and now battlefront

This must go higher! Battlefield series, Mirror's Edge, and now STAR WARS!

Great multiplayer experience with their games! Awesome quality and game engine from these guys.

BEST DEVELOPER EVER. Screw Valve And Those Half-Life And Counter Strike Fanboys.

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