In the traditional games space, there’s sadly a line of being exceptionally gifted at what you do and how much money your work actually pulls in. Developers like Double Fine or Clover Studios, who have created some exceptional, well-regarded games in the past (Psychonauts and Okami, respectively) have not actually translated into them being rewarded financially.
Instead, it appears that more “casual” games with more universal appeal are dominating lists of studios that are consistently pumping out games that not only churn out quality, but put a little coin in their wallets in the process.
Over at Develop, they’ve ranked 100 companies that are “the most bankable”.
Topping the list is Nintendo, which isn’t much of a surprise. Considering the success of their motion-control powered Wii and the associated “Wii X” games that have accompanied it, Nintendo rarely publishes a game that doesn’t top the sales charts.
Some other notables include Harmonix, the creators of both Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as well as Cooking Mama and mobile developer Big Fish.
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