CONTENTS & INTRODUCTION 04 THE DEVELOP 100 2015
THE TRUE MEASURE OF SUCCESS
We rank the world’s most successful studios from the past year, encompassing all platforms and business models, based on the last twelve months’ new releases
69 THE FULL LIST A–Z A recap and complete index of the companies in the 2015 Develop 100
“To judge a developer on just a single criteria, such as revenue, doesn’t paint the full picture.”
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The last year has been a tremendously exciting time to be in the games industry. We are now well and truly into the current console cycle, while the PC games market is being pushed to the next level by Windows 10 and Steam. The growth in popularity of the mobile market also continues at a healthy rate and is fast approaching a mature state. At the heart of every single one of the titles that have achieved success – Fallout, The Witcher, Halo, Splatoon, the list goes on – is a brilliant development team. These vary in size but all are at the very top of their game and deserving of recognition. We’re proud to sponsor the Develop 100 in its 10th anniversary year. What makes this ranking so unique and authoritative is the special criteria by which inclusion is secured: revenues raised; review scores and quality; reputation amongst the industry. To judge a studio on just one of those criteria doesn’t paint the full picture. Congratulations to all the studios listed in the Develop 100 2015. There is no greater badge of honour in the video game development community. Brett Morris, CEO, Testronic Labs
THE DEVELOP 100: HOW WE DID IT
announcements about sales figures; publicly available
This is a list of the top games studios around the world.
GfK data published in the likes of MCV, GamesMarkt,
Where possible we have focused on dev teams
Gamasutra and others; off-the-record briefings from
responsible for specific games and titles, although in
specific companies; independent data from trackers
some instances – such as Nintendo and NCsoft –
such as SteamSpy; mobile tracking supplied by Priori.
we had to choose company collectives to represent a
Review score data is taken from Metacritic. We’ve also cross-referenced our list by assigning
cluster of teams.
‘industry standing’ to key entrants based on the credibility
The ranking is calculated upon a proprietary methodology that takes into account specific metrics:
of their studio’s brand and products. We calculated this
revenue and review score. For revenue, we have
undisclosed value after looking at business development
calculated estimates for Sept 2014 to Aug 2015 based
activity, awards and accolades, presence of games on the
on: publicly available financial statements; company
likes of YouTube and publisher and investor relationships.
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