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Game Developer Top 20 Publishers 2007 Survey


Overview Table of Contents Availability
GD ResearchGame Developer Research is pleased to announce the debut of its third report, the 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers 2007 Survey'. This detailed supplement to the fifth Top 20 Publishers countdown, which appears in basic form in the October 2007 issue of Game Developer magazine, reveals the numerical reputation scores, written comments, and anonymous partner feedback for the major game publishers in this year's countdown, alongside game release and average review score specifics by platform.

Overview (back to top)

For the first time ever, Game Developer Research is making available the data set using to calculate the countdown, including a reputational survey using 300 anonymous Game Developer magazine and Gamasutra.com-reading industry professionals from all parts of the game production process. They were asked to rate numerically – including comments - the reputations of each publisher in the survey.

In addition, scores and commentary was gathered from respondents who had direct experience with these game publishers in the recent past, either as workers or partners - including milestone, marketing and pay feedback. This information is twinned with complete publisher release lists and average review scores from August 2006 to July 2007 to present an unprecedented level of data into how major game companies are currently faring.

The full version of 'Top 20 Publishers' report spans more than 100 pages and almost 20,000 words, including many exclusive and detailed graphs, and should be of eminent interest to game publishers, game investors, and other business-people inside and outside the game industry. The report also includes a .PDF version of the October 2007 issue of Game Developer magazine with this year's countdown article included in it.

Sample Data (back to top)


However, the creators of the report are making available a sample from the 'Top 20 Publishers' research report [.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 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers 2007 Survey' is as follows:

  1. Introduction and Note From Publisher  4
  1. Methodology 5
  1. Game Developer Top 20 Publishers 2007
    1. Nintendo
      1. Company Overview 6
      2. Releases and Review Scores 7
      3. Reputational Survey Results 9
    2. Electronic Arts
      1. Company Overview 11
      2. Releases and Review Scores 12
      3. Reputational Survey Results 15
      4. Detailed Survey Results 17
    3. Activision
      1. Company Overview 18
      2. Releases and Review Scores 19
      3. Reputational Survey Results 22
      4. Detailed Survey Results 24
    4. Ubisoft
      1. Company Overview 25
      2. Releases and Review Scores 26
      3. Reputational Survey Results 29
      4. Detailed Survey Results 30
    5. THQ
      1. Company Overview 31
      2. Releases and Review Scores 32
      3. Reputational Survey Results 34
      4. Detailed Survey Results 35
    6. Take-Two Interactive
      1. Company Overview 36
      2. Releases and Review Scores 37
      3. Reputational Survey Results 39
      4. Detailed Survey Results 40
    7. Sega of America
      1. Company Overview 41
      2. Releases and Review Scores 42
      3. Reputational Survey Results 44
      4. Detailed Survey Results 45
    8. Sony Computer Entertainment
      1. Company Overview 46
      2. Releases and Review Scores 47
      3. Reputational Survey Results 49
      4. Detailed Survey Results 50
    9. Microsoft Game Studios
      1. Company Overview 51
      2. Releases and Review Scores 52
      3. Reputational Survey Results 53
      4. Detailed Survey Results  54
    10. SCi/Eidos Interactive
      1. Company Overview 55
      2. Releases and Review Scores 56
      3. Reputational Survey Results 58
    11. Square Enix
      1. Company Overview 59
      2. Releases and Review Scores 60
      3. Reputational Survey Results 61
    12. Namco Bandai
      1. Company Overview 63
      2. Releases and Review Scores 64
      3. Reputational Survey Results 66
      4. Detailed Survey Results 67
    13. Vivendi Games
      1. Company Overview 68
      2. Releases and Review Scores 69
      3. Reputational Survey Results 71
      4. Detailed Survey Results 71
    14. Capcom
      1. Company Overview 72
      2. Releases and Review Scores 73
      3. Reputational Survey Results 74
    15. Konami
      1. Company Overview 76
      2. Releases and Review Scores 77
      3. Reputational Survey Results 79
      4. Detailed Survey Results  80
    16. NCSoft
      1. Company Overview 81
      2. Releases and Review Scores 82
      3. Reputational Survey Results 83
      4. Detailed Survey Results 83
    17. Disney Interactive 
      1. Company Overview 84
      2. Releases and Review Scores 85
      3. Reputational Survey Results 87
      4. Detailed Survey Results 88
    18. Atlus USA
      1. Company Overview 89
      2. Releases and Review Scores 90
      3. Reputational Survey Results 91
    19. LucasArts
      1. Company Overview 92
      2. Releases and Review Scores 93
      3. Reputational Survey Results 94
      4. Detailed Survey Results  95
    20. Midway
      1. Company Overview 96
      2. Releases and Review Scores 97
      3. Reputational Survey Results 98
      4. Detailed Survey Results  99
    21. Overview of Publishers Outside the Top 20 - Koei, Codemasters, Majesco, Atari, Ignition, NIS America, Brash Entertainment, Gamecock, Warner Bros. Interactive
      1. Ranking and Overview 100
      2. Repuational Survey Responses 101
  1. Comparisons Across Top 20 Publishers
    1. Overall  104
    2. Overall Averages 105
    3. Hardware Platforms By Publisher SKU Releases 107
  1. Financial Notes
    1. Publisher Ranking By Relative Revenue 111
    2. Individual Publisher Financial References 111

Availability (back to top)

The 'Game Developer Top 20 Publishers 2007' report is now available for paid digital download for a price of US $2,995. Any questions about payment (you can also invoice us for this report), delivery methods, or further licensing of the data can be directed to Game Developer Research at research@gdmag.com.

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