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Best video game developers (all time)

A ranking of video game development companies.

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Facepunch Studios
1

Facepunch Studios

(2009)
Facepunch Studios LTD (commonly referred to as Facepunch, FPS, or FP) is a British independent video game development company headquartered in Walsall, England officially founded in March 2009 by Garry Newman. The company is most...
10
10
from 1 vote
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Interplay Entertainment
2

Interplay Entertainment

(1983)
Interplay Entertainment Corporation is an American video game developer and publisher, founded in 1983 as Interplay Productions by Brian Fargo. As a developer, Interplay is best known as the creator of the original Fallout series...
9
9
from 2 votes
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Kojima Productions
3

Kojima Productions

(2005)
Kojima Productions was a video game development studio known primarily for various entries in the Metal Gear series. It was run mainly by developer Hideo Kojima, and was a subsidiary of Konami...
8.8
8.8
from 4 votes
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CD Projekt RED
4

CD Projekt RED

(2002)
CD Projekt RED is a Polish video game developer founded in 2002 as a development studio of CD Projekt. The studio is best known for developing The Witcher games, based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej S...
8.6
8.6
from 10 votes
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Bethesda Game Studios
5

Bethesda Game Studios

(2001)
Bethesda Game Studios is an American in-house development team at Bethesda Softworks established in 2001. Previously synonymous with parent publisher Bethesda Softworks, the studio's name and logo were established with the release...
8.5
8.5
from 31 votes
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Square
6

Square

(1983)
Square Co., Ltd. (株式会社スクウェア Kabushiki-gaisha Sukuwea) was a Japanese video game company founded in September 1983 by Masashi Miyamoto. It merged with Enix in 2003 and became Square Enix. The company also used SquareSoft as a brand...
8.5
8.5
from 4 votes
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LucasArts
7

LucasArts

(1982)
LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC is an American video game publisher and licensor. Until 2013, it was also a video game developer. LucasArts is best known for its graphic adventure games, as well as games based on the Star War...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Obsidian Entertainment
8

Obsidian Entertainment

(2003)
Obsidian Entertainment is an American role-playing video game developer founded in 2003 after the disestablishment of Interplay Productions' Black Isle Studios. Although it has created original intellectual property, Obsidian has...
8.4
8.4
from 5 votes
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Rockstar Games
9

Rockstar Games

(1998)
Rockstar Games is a multinational video game developer and publisher based in New York City, owned by Take-Two Interactive following its purchase of British video game publisher BMG Interactive. The publisher is known for the Gran...
8.3
8.3
from 6 votes
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Frogwares
10

Frogwares

(2000)
Frogwares is an independent video game development studio, with branches in Ukraine, and Ireland.
8.3
8.3
from 4 votes
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Black Forest Games
10

Black Forest Games

(2012)
Black Forest Games is a German developer of computer games based in Offenburg, Germany. The company was founded in 2012 by Andreas Speer and Adrian Goersch. The company was formed by former members of the now-defunct Spellbound En...
8.3
8.3
from 4 votes
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Blizzard Entertainment
12

Blizzard Entertainment

(1991)
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is an American video game developer and publisher founded February 8, 1991, under the name Silicon & Synapse by three graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles, Michael Morhaime, Frank Pea...
8.2
8.2
from 32 votes
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Ubisoft
13

Ubisoft

(1986)
Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (originally Ubi Soft Entertainment, S.A. until 2003) is a French multinational video game developer and publisher, headquartered in Montreuil, France. It is known for developing games for several acclaim...
8.1
8.1
from 8 votes
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Telltale Games
14

Telltale Games

(2004)
Telltale Games, Inc is an American independent digital developer and publisher founded in June 2004 as Telltale, Incorporated. Based in San Rafael, California, the studio includes designers formerly employed by LucasArts. Its busi...
8
8
from 5 votes
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Quantic Dream
15

Quantic Dream

(1997)
Quantic Dream is a French video game developer based in Paris, France, founded in 1997. The company also supplies motion capture services to the film and video game industries. They are well known for their interactive drama story...
8
8
from 4 votes
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Rocksteady Studios
15

Rocksteady Studios

(2004)
Rocksteady Studios is a British video game developer based in Highgate, London. They have developed four games. They are best known for their work in the Batman: Arkham series.
8
8
from 4 votes
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Crytek
17

Crytek

(1999)
Crytek is a German video game company, founded in 1999 by brothers Cevat, Avni, and Faruk Yerli, that is headquartered in Frankfurt.
8
8
from 3 votes
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Bungie
17

Bungie

(1991)
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 S...
8
8
from 3 votes
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Media Molecule
19

Media Molecule

(2006)
Media Molecule is a British video game developer based in Guildford in Surrey. The studio was founded on 4 January 2006 by former Lionhead Studios employees Mark Healey, Alex Evans, David Smith and Kareem Ettouney Before starting...
8
8
from 2 votes
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FromSoftware
20

FromSoftware

(1986)
FromSoftware, Inc. (株式会社フロム・ソフトウェア Kabushikigaisha Furomu Sofutowea) is a Japanese video game company founded in November 1986 that is known primarily for being the developers of the Armored Core, Souls, Bloodborne, King's Field,...
8
8
from 1 vote
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4A Games
20

4A Games

(2005)
4A Games is a video game developer company, founded in Ukraine in 2005 and now based in Malta since 2015. It is known for developing the Metro video game franchise.
8
8
from 1 vote
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Capcom
20

Capcom

(1979)
Capcom Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社カプコン Kabushiki-gaisha Kapukon), 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,...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Thatgamecompany
20

Thatgamecompany

(2006)
Thatgamecompany (stylized as thatgamecompany) is an American independent video game development studio co-founded by University of Southern California students Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen in 2006. The studio was formerly a dev...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Supergiant Games
20

Supergiant Games

(2009)
Supergiant Games is an American video game development company based in San Jose, California. It was founded in 2009 by Amir Rao and Gavin Simon, and currently consists of employees in San Jose and other locations. Several of its...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Ubisoft Montreal
20

Ubisoft Montreal

(1997)
Ubisoft Montreal (French: Ubisoft Montréal) is a Canadian subsidiary of the French video game developer Ubisoft, located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1997, initially developing low-profile projects, the studio is now on...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Maxis
20

Maxis

(1987)
EA Maxis is a subsidiary of Electronic Arts (EA), serving as one of its four major video game development labels. The company was originally founded in 1987 as Maxis Software, an American independent video game development company...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Fullbright
20

Fullbright

(2012)
Fullbright, formerly named as The Fullbright Company, is a Portland, Oregon-based indie video game developer best known for their video game Gone Home. Before forming Fullbright, three of the staff worked together at 2K Marin in S...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Eidos Montreal
20

Eidos Montreal

(2007)
Eidos Montreal is a Canadian video game development studio owned by Square Enix Europe, a subsidiary of Square Enix. The studio was founded by Eidos Interactive in 2007...
8
8
from 1 vote
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11 bit studios
20

11 bit studios

(2010)
11 bit studios S.A. is a game development company based in Warsaw, Poland. The company was officially formed on September 11, 2010, founded by former CD Projekt and Metropolis Software developers and staff members. 11 bit studios...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Zipper Interactive
20

Zipper Interactive

(1995)
Zipper Interactive was an American video game developer located in Redmond, Washington and part of SCE Worldwide Studios. It was founded in 1995 by Jim Bosler and Brian Soderberg. It created many different games, including the pop...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Konami
20

Konami

(1969)
Konami Holdings Corporation (commonly referred to as Konami) is a Japanese producer of numerous toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and arcade cabinets, and formerly a developer and publisher of video games. It al...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Gearbox Software
20

Gearbox Software

(1999)
Gearbox Software, LLC is an independent American video game development company based in Plano, Texas. The developer is best known for the Borderlands franchise. The company also owns the intellectual property of Duke Nukem and Ho...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Valve Corporation
33

Valve Corporation

(1996)
Valve Corporation (formerly Valve Software, commonly referred to as Valve) is an American video game development and digital distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, United States. Its European-based office open...
7.9
7.9
from 38 votes
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BioWare
34

BioWare

(1995)
BioWare is a Canadian video game developer founded in February 1995 by newly graduated medical doctors Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip. BioWare is currently owned by American company Electronic Arts. The company specia...
7.9
7.9
from 8 votes
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Microsoft Studios
35

Microsoft Studios

(2002)
Microsoft Studios is the video game production wing for Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Games for Windows, Steam, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms. The...
7.8
7.8
from 4 votes
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Square Enix
35

Square Enix

(2003)
Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. (株式会社スクウェア・エニックス・ホールディングス Kabushiki-gaisha Sukuwea Enikkusu Hōrudingusu) is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company that is best known for its role-playing video game fra...
7.8
7.8
from 4 votes
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Lionhead Studios
37

Lionhead Studios

(1996)
Lionhead Studios is a British video game developer, formerly led by Peter Molyneux. It was acquired by Microsoft Studios in April 2006. Lionhead started as a breakaway from the developer Bullfrog Productions, which was also founde...
7.7
7.7
from 3 votes
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Creative Assembly
37

Creative Assembly

(1987)
Creative Assembly is a British video game developer established in 1987 by Tim Ansell and based in the West Sussex town of Horsham. An Australian branch was operated from Fortitude Valley, Queensland (Sega Studios Australia). In i...
7.7
7.7
from 3 votes
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Rare
37

Rare

(1985)
Rare is a British video game developer located in Twycross, Leicestershire. The company was established in 1985 by Ultimate Play the Game founders Tim and Chris Stamper. During its early years, Rare primarily concentrated on Ninte...
7.7
7.7
from 3 votes
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EA DICE
40

EA DICE

(1992)
EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, also known as EA DICE or DICE, is a Swedish video game developer best known for creating the Battlefield series and Mirror's Edge. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts...
7.5
7.5
from 6 votes
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Westwood Studios
41

Westwood Studios

(1985)
Westwood Studios was an American video game developer, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was founded by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle in 1985 as Westwood Associates and was renamed Westwood Studios when it merged with Virgin Interact...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Irrational Games
41

Irrational Games

(1997)
Irrational Games was a video game developer founded in 1997 by three former employees of Looking Glass Studios: Ken Levine, Jonathan Chey, and Robert Fermier as Irrational Games. On January 9, 2006, Take-Two Interactive announced...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Team Ico
41

Team Ico

(1997)
Team Ico (stylized as Team ICO) is a Japanese video game development team led by game designer Fumito Ueda. It is part of SCE Japan Studio's Product Development Department #1. Team Ico developed the games Ico and Shadow of the Col...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Natsume
44

Natsume

(1987)
Natsume Company Ltd. (ナツメ株式会社 Natsume Kabushiki kaisha) is a Japanese video game developer and publisher in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan founded on October 20, 1987. Its American branch, Natsume Inc., is located in Burlingame, Californi...
7.3
7.3
from 3 votes
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Quest Corporation
45

Quest Corporation

(1988)
Quest Corporation (クエスト) was a Japanese video game company founded in 1988. They were originally known as Bothtec, which had developed The Scheme, a Metroidvania-style open world action role-playing game featuring music by Yuzo Ko...
7.3
7.3
from 4 votes
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Digital Extremes
46

Digital Extremes

(1993)
Digital Extremes is a Canadian computer and video game developer founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, best known for its co-creation of Epic Games' highly successful Unreal series of games. Digital Extremes is headquartered in London...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Microïds
46

Microïds

(1984)
Microïds is a French software brand belonging to Anuman Interactive that publishes and develops video games. In recent years the company's collection of brands and game licenses has grown since being a part of MC2 France. In late...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Sonic Team
46

Sonic Team

(1990)
Sonic Team (ソニックチーム Sonikku Chīmu?) is a Japanese video game developer established in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan in 1990. Sonic Team is best known for the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and either develop or supervise all products within the s...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Bullfrog Productions
46

Bullfrog Productions

(1987)
Bullfrog Productions was a British computer game developer, founded in 1987 by Les Edgar and Peter Molyneux. The company achieved recognition in 1989 for their third release, Populous. At the time of the company's founding, Edgar...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Red Storm Entertainment
46

Red Storm Entertainment

(1996)
Red Storm Entertainment (also known as Ubisoft Red Storm) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ubisoft, specializing in video games and related merchandise, mainly based on the works of the writer Tom Clancy. The company develops and m...
7
7
from 1 vote
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