Top 10 Video Game Companies of All Time

Video Games are the greatest things ever created by human hands, but which companies are the best?

The Top Ten

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

Nintendo is the best of the best, there is no doubt. Nintendo has innovated the Video Game industry, as well as taken it to new levels. With household names like Mario, Zelda, Kirby, and Metroid, how can they be beaten? Good quality games, always brilliant storylines, and some pretty good consoles. Nintendo's games composes of my entire childhood, even today I play Nintendo games, they make them so well you can't help but want to replay them. Once you've got hooked on Nintendo you'll never settle for any other, Nintendo is the backbone to the industry itself.

Nintendo is the KING of video games. From the Mario series to Kirby series, all are unique in thier own ways. Is and always will be the kind of video games.

I'm a true Nintendo Fan!
I played most of the company's games, read the magazines and I'm hoping to join it's fan club.
Nintendo is the king of games in the universe!

If it has been running since the 80s and is still going, it must be doing something right. And what I mean by right, I mean by always being innovative and finding new ways to distinguish their-selves from Sony and Microsoft. heck, there consoles don't always have Nintendo in them (unless you're talking about handhelds, that's a whole nother story.) Speaking of, while Sony struggles with the Vita, Nintendo has dominated the hand held market with the all mighty 3ds! They may not have the best online play (Super Smash Bros. for the 3ds, it won't even work on the New Nintendo 3ds XL! ) and you certainly can't grab a copy of Fallout 4 or Just Cause 3 for the Wii U, but they are the only ones with Mario, Link, Kirby, Fox, and Samus on their consoles. Then the amiibo is just a minor reason to join Nintendo. Also, they have everything! You want platforming? How about Mario, Donkey Kong, or Kirby. Racing? Mario Kart and F-Zero. Adventure? The Legend of Zelda or Metroid should do the trick. So ...more

2 Rockstar Games

Rockstar without a doubt should be in the top 10. They don't release a video game unless its gonna be MASSIVE. With ground breaking titles under their belt, such as the Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne, LA Noire and their upcoming title, Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar never ceases to amaze.

Created my favourites games such as the Grand Theft Auto series, RDR and L.A. noire

GRAND THEFT AUTO... Enough said.

gta, red dead redemption, max payne, bully were the top games at that time still after 7 years gta is the best. Rockstar should be at first place

3 Ubisoft Ubisoft Entertainment SA is a French multinational video game developer and publisher, headquartered in Rennes, France.

UBISOFT For the Win! EA doesn't make games, it just publishes them! UBISOFT SHOULD BE AT number 1. It is independent and makes great games. No doubt Assassin's Creed is at the top of the list.

Assassins creed franchise does it for me. Almost the only game I play now

It's a great company..
It should be at number 1
They have lots of games..
With lots of successful series
Assassin's creed, Far Cry and Tom Clancy's series are my favourite..

UBIDOFT HAS MADE MANY BEST SELLING GAMES LIKE PRINCE OF PERSIA, SPLINTER CELL, FAR CRY AND ASSASSINS CREED. BUT MY FAVOURITE IS ASSASSINS CREED AND SPLINTER CELL.

4 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.

I now Fallout 76 is bad or maybe it was but they made so many other good games. They made the Elder Scrolls series and made some games out of the fallout series like 3 and 4 (New Vegas was made by Obsidian, Bethesda published it)

Okay first off, if you've ever remotely tried to make a game you know all about the complex protocols and coding that go into creating the game. This is Extremly true when it comes to game quality and performance. Bethesda puts a lot more effort and time into creating their games, more so than other companies that have been listed above them. Not to mention Bethesda games are VERY popular more so than the games created by higher ranking companies. It's not about the quantity but the quality of the game, and Bethesda is a primary example of Quality vs. Quantity.

Make some of the best games out there, I hope they make a come back

The Elder Scrolls. Need I say more?
Though they have really declined in quality and values lately...

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

valve made the source engine which has been continuously powered their games since half-life 2. They never bend themselves down to trends and continue to push the limits of what they can do. Half-Life is not a game franchise like Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, or even Mario. Half-life is a revolution, and so is Portal, and so is Team Fortress and so is Left 4 Dead. The Orange Box was a testament to their loyalty towards their fans, and the fans respond well to them because of that. Valve rocks.

Portal was one of the first "fps" games I probably ever played. After doing research into the Portal Universe I stumbled upon Half-Life 2 and played one of the best action FPS games out there. I own pretty much every game Valve has ever released. I love the company and in every way they are probably the best. The fact that they give the player what they want, they spend all the time in the world perfecting their games, and they ask for very little in return makes them one of my favorite game developers. Although they take long periods to make their games, they're all worth the wait. I'm a bit irritated by the loss of communication on the subject of Half Life 3, but I'm sure it'll be one of the best games ever made. Valve has a lot to compete with, what with all the amazing games coming out recently, but I'm sure they'll surpass even the infamous "The Last of Us. " I'm sure that once the XBOX One and the PS4 come out, Half Life 3 or Half Life 2 Episode 3 will be around the corner.

Valve is the essence of quality over quantity. Although it has very few releases each one seems worth the wait! When your think of the "best fps" or "best multiplayer game" "best co-op" and"best puzzle" valve is certain to be somewhere near the top of the list. Now I'm just waiting for them to release a groundbreaking strategy game and have all the bases covered (that and half life 3)

They are for sure the best company! Almost every game they have made has been successful (and has ended at the 2nd), Deserves at least number 2

6 EA Electronic Arts, Inc., also known as EA Games, is an American developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games headquartered in Redwood City, California.

NFS, FIFA, Crysis, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Army of Two, Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, Burnout, Dragon's Age, The Sims, Madden NFL, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and list goes on and on and on... EA has to be at No. 1

What is the best about EA, excepting cutting-age graphics, is the epicness. I play crysis series again and again and I simply can't get enough. When I see EA on the cover of a game, no doubt I'll buy it. It deserves the 1st place.

Pretty greedy... but I remember how they used to make some of the best games out there. I hope they start doing that again

Woah woah woah... why the hell is EA at #6? Their treatment of game devs, IPs, and implementations of microtransactions sicken me.

7 Sony Computer Entertainment

This company have successfully made video games mature with titles like Metal Gear Solid, God of War, Uncharted, and the list goes on...

Marvel’s Spider-Man, God Of War, VRWorlds, FNaF: Help Wanted, and MANY more.

Well, they don't innovate but they advance rapidly in hardware.

Because of Play Station 3 and the graphics for Madden NFL 12. Just kidding. They have the best graphics of all time with the best games like MLB the Show

8 Naughty Dog

How is this not #1? At least put it in the top 3! Let me name some games for you.

The Last of Us
The Uncharted Series
The Crash Bandicoot Series
The Jak and Daxter Series

All of these games I have just named are outstanding. I grew up playing Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. They were two of the very first games I've ever played, and two of the best. Over the following years, the Uncharted games came into play. Each of the Uncharted games have great graphics, an even better storyline, and fun and smooth gameplay. The Last of Us just came out this year, and to most people is the best game of the year, and possibly the best game of all time. Must I go on? Naughty Dog for the win.

Why is Naughty Dog down here? This company cares more about quality than quantity.

EVERY, and I mean it with EVERY franchise Naughty Dog has come out with is great. The Last of Us is my favorite game of all time too!

Their quality of work is unquestionable. Naughty Dog and Blizzard should share the top honors, and I don't care in which order but they should.

9 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.

Sonic is Good Though Other Sega Stuff is Good Too Like Golden Axe Altered Beast And Ristar

Sega are the best the very best and that's an end of it every game they make has something unique about and there always innovating there own ideas propel say it's been going Down hill rubbish they are just nintendo fans who can't take that Sega is better and old goats who want to live in the 16 bit gameing world there are lots of companies who HAVE made good games but Sega STILL makes good games.

Uh, Sega IS going downhill. Their newest Sonic the Hedgehog games have been critically panned as some of the worst games on the market. I mean, they have history in the video game industry, but now their Sonic games aren't Sonic games, they're constant, ignorant attempts to be cool. And if you say they're trying to change that, forget it. It's been happening for over a decade. I hate saying it, but Sega is gone.

I hate it since I loved Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Lost World. Hopefully Sonic 2017 will bring them back. - DCfnaf

Here is one thing that Sega does better than Nintendo. They care about there fans. Now I still really love Nintendo but it feels like they don't give a single crap about there fans and they take down many fan games which were amazing and had lots of effort put into them. However with Sega they let there fans create fan games and never take them down. Heck the official sonic youtube channel said they loved the fan games the Sega fans make are great.

10 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.

Final Fantasy Franchise. No other reason to mention anything. But if I must, Chrono trigger, the only video game company to spend 130 million on a film and lose 100 million of it knowing it was going to happen. They made it for the fans. And they are now the ONLY company that bases their games on story rather than easy hands on gameplay

Kingdom hearts may be one of the best games ever

My username on Roblox and Youtube is KeybladeAwsome2178, how can I not love Sqaure Enix for Kingdom Hearts?

Really guys, EA is above this?

And I'm just gonna be honest, Valve kinda sucks now. I like half-life and portal as much as the next guy, but they've proven that they care more about making money by selling other people's games than making their own.

Square in my opinion should be at #4. They're game changers to say the least, and while they're not as influential as they once were, they still make some of the greatest games each year and I think people anticipate Square games more than any other company's games period.

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The Contenders

11 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.

Should be in the top. Just Capcom did incredible games like Street Fighter II, Devil May Cry, God Hand, Megaman and Resident Evil 4.

Love your games love resident evil and dmc games.

Resident Evil and Ace Attorney! Why is this company not in the top 5!

Your games are all awesome...
After I grow up I would like to be a game designer and work in your company... $$ all the best for your other games
Thank u!

12 Microsoft Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.

Better than sony should be higher. Games like Forza horizon 4, kingdom of hearts, and so much more!

One of the best gaming companies atm with titles such as halo, gears of war, Forza and many more.

360 is one of the best systems I have ever owned I have never once had a problem out of either one of my x-boxes I have owned them for 3 years now

It holds Call of Duty, that's good enough for me to vote this company up

13 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.

How is rare so far down this company and Nintendo made gaming popular and more mainstream. Without goldeneye and perfect dark you can forget about all your rubbish first person shooters you get now a days. I can't mention rare and not mention BANJO KAZOOIE!

Here's your "and more":

Banjo-Tooie
Perfect Dark
Killer Instinct
Diddy Kong Racing
Battletoads
Wizards & Warriors
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Donkey Kong 64
Goldeneye 007

Yeah, that's a lot of classics.

Rare made a ton of classics that Nintendo gets undue credit for. How can you forget games like Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, and Goldeneye007? Just a few in a big list of classic games that Rare made.

Battletoads is the hardest video game I have ever played and goldeneye007 is my second favorite first person shooter and the best rare game ever, plus donkey kong country.

14 Namco-Bandai

DBZ GAMES ALL THE WAY BABY YEAH HIGH QUALITY GAMES ARE MADE BY NAMCO-BANDAI.

Often did other games (ThunderCats, Nickelodeon, Power Rangers, Monster High, Barbie, Disney, Despicable Me and Cartoon Network) as D3Publisher of America, Little Orbit and Bandai.

This should not be number 1 but it should be higher
Galaga
Dig-dug
PAC man
Xevious
Mappy
All the classics

They are the best in the world

15 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.

15?! I'm extremely surprised to see Blizzard at 15. I suppose it depends on your priorities.

I've seen few PC game companies that put as much attention to not just fixing bugs but truly balancing their games. The only complaint I've ever had for them was that the original "Warcraft - Orcs and Humans" had a balance issue with armies of water elementals. Given that it was ages ago I'll give them a pass.

Blizzard doesn't release crap.

Blizzard is hands down the best gaming company going. The amount of time and effort they put into their games is immense. When they make a game it instantly becomes the best in it's genre. And the longevity of their games is legendary. Wow came out in 2004... There are people playing it that weren't even born then. Unlike most other companies above them in this list, they never release an unfinished product. To my frustration I remember Diablo 2 being pushed back and back and back, but the wait was worth it, and better than releasing something sub par such as many games are these days due to rushed release times. Blizzard: "What, you wanna release for Christmas? Ha... too bad... it's not a perfect shining gem yet."

Name one game that Blizzard developed that's bad... You can't, because it doesn't exist. Sure you can poke fun at their 80's and 90's titles for not aging well, but in terms of gameplay? That stuffs still golden. Blizzard is a company that dedicates itself to making a game right, and holding themselves to a consistent and lofty standard, even if that means canceling a project that was in development for a decade. They don't release bad games. It's that simple. Their core titles; Starcraft, Diablo, Warcraft, and soon to be Overwatch, are all unparalleled in their genre.

Famous for it's RTS titles, but then heading towards RPGs, everything Blizzard touches is gold. There's not a single Blizzard game (and yes, including it's classic SNES titles) that I don't rate a 9.

16 Activision Activision Publishing, Inc. is an American video game publisher. It was founded on October 1, 1979 and was the world's first independent developer and distributor of video games for gaming consoles.

They may have ruined Crash Bandicoot, but they revived him years later. And it was AWESOME.

Oh this company. Started out as a simple company, became even more awesome over the years, until the great disaster that is Call of Duty. They started milking the series, which is normal for companies (For example, God Of War) but after a while, things went out of hand. Modern Warfare 2 was the last game for them. After that, they started killing off the main character in every campaign, copying other games when it came to weapons, online in general, maps etc, graphics went from good to bad (Ghosts) and let's not forget about the price of every single game. Uncharted 3 came out in 2013, Black Ops came out earlier. Still costs more because why not.

Just to point out, Uncharted 3 came out in 2011, not 2013. Also, your right, Call of Duty was a disaster for this company. I mean, Activision has literally become the milking ground for overrated games after they started releasing them every year.

No. Just no. Call of duty shouldn't be something that pulls the quality up of a company. It's just the same rehash of the same game. Again, again, and aagain.

They released the awesome Call of Duty! And then they released it again. And again. And again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again and again.

17 Mojang Mojang AB is a Swedish video game developer founded in May 2009 under the name Mojang Specifications by game programmer Markus Persson, best known for creating the popular independent game Minecraft, a sandbox game.

Created Minecraft! Nothing more to say

Soz but Mojang definitely made Minecraft! It was Microsoft that bought Mojang! Mojang is the best!

Minecraft filled the empty space Lego left in my heart. It is my absolute favorite game, and I really want to thank Markus Persson for making it happen!

They're a good company, but one game isn't enough to call them the greatest company ever. Minecraft was revolutionary, sure, but what else have they done? In what other way have the changed the industry other than cramming YouTube with unprofessional ten-year-olds doing unoriginal playthroughs?

18 Konami Konami Holdings Corporation is a Japanese entertainment company that formed in 1969. Konami does a high amount of distributing products such as slot machines and arcade games, anime, video games, and trading / game cards. Konami also

#18? Seriously? Metal Gear and Silent Hill franchises alone should have them in the 5-10 range at worst.

Just metal gear solid. It's enough... Ok pokemon is very popular and call of duty is THE game these days but I think Metal Gear Solid is a masterpiece of games... Complete story many videos too good gameplay...

The Metal Gear series, Silent Hill 2, Zombies ate my Neighbors; all of which awesome games. Konami should be to of the list, because they have done much more greater games than all of the above, especially Activision.

They made legendary games like Castlevania, Lifeforce and Contra on the NES

19 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.

With Halo: Combat Evolved, Bungie pretty much carried Microsoft through the sixth generation console era. A company that practically carried a whole console deserves some credit.

To add on to that, they are possibly developing another franchise that will change the way we play video games - Destiny.

Bungie created the game that moved about half of the Xbox's off their shelves. Without them, 80% of these companies in this list would not be where they are today without Bungie. Remember Reach.

It's pretty sad that the developer that made the most successful sci-fi video game franchise, and on top of that, has so much community spirit, is so low on this list.

Yea there is many game companies that have provided us with good games but with halo and it being considered the best first person shooter and I also believe that it is. It was one of the games that really got me into first person shooter games.

20 2K Games 2K Games, Inc. is an American global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of video games, like Borderlands, Civilization V, The Darkness, NBA 2K and more recently, WWE 2K.

This evil company, lol... really? I like how the Visual Concepts fiasco of employees being severely underpaid and devs losing their jobs goes unnoticed. This company is owned by Take Two Interactive... a.k.a SATAN! I vote this to be removed from this list. Purely diabolical people work for 2K!

Borderlands, Bioshock, NBA, 2K just makes great games with outstanding qualities!

2K Are just outstanding they have made some of my most favorite games and they should be up in the top 10 not number 18 they should be number one outstanding and keep it up

They have made like 1 bad game (WWE 2K15) They are really good! Should be higher on this list

21 LucasArts LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC is an American video game publisher and licensor. Until 2013, it was also a video game developer.

Star wars games... Come on!

They made one of the best franchises ever and along with that came some of the best video games ever.

They made movies so I don't think they should be here

Star Wars. enough said

22 Atlus

They made some of the best video games of all time

Persona 5 the best. Catherine the best. I just like them.

Persona and my personal favourite Catherine, Atlus deserve respect! =D

Persona 4 alone should put them in the top 10. The whole SMT series, Persona, Catherine, and a slew of other greats, and you have a fantastically underrated game developer.

23 Gamefreak

This should be way higher. They did produce the highest grossing franchise of all time.

Honestly, without Gamefreak, the Nintendo would have a hole in it's soul. When Pokemon came out Nintendo was finally complete. It should be in the Top 2 with Nintendo. Gamefreak deserves it, besides, everyone loves Pokemon! Gotta catch 'em all, as they say.

Pokemon! Are you kidding! Pokemon has been popular ever since they came out, will be popular even if they go out of business (which will never happen) and will still be popular even if the entire human race would go extinct!

They gave us pokemans. They made our favorites like charizard, pikachu, and Mewtwo. Those aren't my real favorites I was just trying to fit in.

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25 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.

They should be in the top 5. They are one of the most influential game studios in gaming history. id software is no doubt a legendary company. With masterpiece titles like Doom and Quake. Created the FPS genre, made PC Gaming great, modding, online multiplayer, their id tech engines which has lead to game engines like Unreal, Source and IW engine (COD engine) and even to this day, from the very roots of the engines there are some quake code still there. Without this company. No Valve or Infinity Ward. No Half Life, no Call of Duty, no Counter Strike, no Team Fortress 2 and the list can just go on and on. Without this company, we wouldn’t be playing awesome games on our PCs since consoles would otherwise been superior, we wouldn’t be playing with each other online. id software rocks and there is no denial, a legendary company who influenced gaming so much that their legacy will never be forgotten.

Id software is responsible for FPS multiplayer being a thing; Quake's introduction to the market in 1996 set the groundwork for legendary titles to come such as Unreal Tournament and all of your modern day multi-player shooters like Call of Duty and Halo.

The company that created epic games like DOOM, Quake, Castle Wolfenstein...

Id software essentially created the FPS we know today with the Wolfenstein and Doom franchises, and created the engines that most modern games run on. True innovators.

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