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Game Developer Top 20 Publishers 2009


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Game Developer Research is pleased to announce the debut of its fifteenth report, the 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers Report 2009', a 160+ page video game publisher ranking that includes a wide-ranging reputation survey distributed to industry professionals, alongside revenue data, release counts, average review scores, and anonymous feedback from development partners.

This year’s ranking was calculated by considering the number of worldwide releases, average review scores, and revenue for the period reaching from August 2008 until July 2009. We’ve also factored in the results of a Gamasutra.com survey we conducted which gathered opinions on 30 major publishers, with a spot to write in others.

Nearly 900 industry professionals, a dramatic increase in sample size over the previous year, were asked to first give their opinions on the reputations of each publisher in the survey, or any we had missed. They were also asked for any specific comments they might have on each of the publishers.

Finally, specific feedback on publishers in the form of number scores and comments was gathered from respondents who had direct experience with said publishers. Each of these factors was carefully weighted to produce the rankings in the 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers Report 2009'.

The full version of 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers Report 2009' report spans more than 160 pages and almost 19,000 words, including many exclusive and detailed graphs, and should be of eminent interest to game publishers, game investors, and other businesspeople inside and outside the game industry.

Sample Data (back to top)

The creators of the report are making available a sample from the 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers Report 2009' [.PDF link] showing a small subsection of the final data - the entry in the research report for major publisher Ubisoft. This includes the full listing for the publisher, with reputational and detailed survey comments, game listings, average review scores, and more information. [The extract doesn't include any graphs featuring Ubisoft compared against other publishers -- this information is included in the complete report, however.].

Table Of Contents (back to top)

The full table of contents for the 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers Report 2009' report is as follows:

Introduction 4
Methodology 5
1. Nintendo 6
- Releases And Review Scores 8
- Reputation Survey 10
- Detailed Survey 12
2. Electronic Arts 13
- Releases And Review Scores 15
- Reputation Survey 19
- Detailed Survey 21
3. Activision Blizzard 22
- Releases And Review Scores 24
- Reputation Survey 29
- Detailed Survey 31
4. Ubisoft 33
- Releases And Review Scores 35
- Reputation Survey 40
- Detailed Survey 42
5. Take-Two Interactive 44
- Releases And Review Scores 46
- Reputation Survey 49
- Detailed Survey 51
6. Sony Computer Entertainment 52
- Releases And Review Scores 54
- Reputation Survey 56
- Detailed Survey 58
7. Bethesda Softworks 59
- Releases And Review Scores 60
- Reputation Survey 61
- Detailed Survey 63
8. THQ 64
- Releases And Review Scores 66
- Reputation Survey 70
- Detailed Survey 72
9. Square Enix 74
- Releases And Review Scores 76
- Reputation Survey 78
- Detailed Survey 80
10. Microsoft 81
- Releases And Review Scores 82
- Reputation Survey 83
- Detailed Survey 85
11. Konami 87
- Releases And Review Scores 88
- Reputation Survey 90
- Detailed Survey 92
12. Sega 93
- Releases And Review Scores 94
- Reputation Survey 96
- Detailed Survey 98
13. Capcom 99
- Releases And Review Scores 100
- Reputation Survey 102
- Detailed Survey 104
14. MTV Games 105
- Releases And Review Scores 106
15. Namco Bandai Games 108
- Releases And Review Scores 109
- Reputation Survey 111
- Detailed Survey 113
16. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 114
- Releases And Review Scores 116
- Reputation Survey 118
- Detailed Survey 120
17. Disney Interactive Studios 121
- Releases And Review Scores 122
- Reputation Survey 124
- Detailed Survey 126
18. Atari 128
- Releases And Review Scores 129
- Reputation Survey 131
- Detailed Survey 133
19. Atlus 134
- Releases And Review Scores 135
- Reputation Survey 137
- Detailed Survey 139
20. Lucasarts 140
- Releases And Review Scores 141
- Reputation Survey 143
- Detailed Survey 145
Overview Of Publishers Outside The Top 20 146
- Reputation Survey Written Responses 147
Download Revolution 148
Comparisons Across Top 20 Publishers 151
Financial Notes 161

Availability (back to top)

The 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers Report 2009' is now available for paid digital download for a price of US $2,995. Any questions about payment, delivery methods, or further licensing of the data can be directed to Game Developer Research at research@gdmag.com.

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