The eight most powerful game studios in the world, as decided by Gamepro

Thursday, 7th August 2008 09:02 GMT By Patrick Garratt


It may have “OMG!” scrawled inexplicably on its sidebar, but Gamepro can put together a pretty solid list. Today, the site rattled off its top eight most powerful videogame studios, and we mostly agree. In no particular order, Gamepro gave the nod to:

  • Epic Games
  • Bungie
  • Rockstar North
  • Maxis Software
  • EA Tiburon
  • Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development

Valve, Infinity Ward, and Harmonix took home runner-up ribbons.

So, can you think of anyone who’s missing? We can’t, but we’ll probably end up face-palming and saying “duh” once you guys get to commenting.

By Nathan Grayson



  1. patlike

    I’d have Valve instead of Tiburon.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Robo_1

    Remind me, who are Maxis Software again?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. patlike

    Spore, The Sims, etc.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Newbie101

    Sim City? :)

    #4 6 years ago
  5. patlike

    That too :)

    #5 6 years ago
  6. OrphanageExplosion

    Microsoft Game Studios seems to be a massive omission. Now you could say that it is merely an umbrella publisher for lots of other game developers, but then, SCE would be as well.

    id software is also a hugely notable omission. If we’re talking about power and influence, few can match Carmack’s credentials.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. patlike

    Good points, yep. BioWare’s another one.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    Cheers for the memory refresh :)

    I’d agree with OE, Id are a hugely important dev, and their new Rage tech looks as though it could outshine the Unreal Engine in the future.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. patlike

    It’s Doom 4 I’m really looking forward to, to be honest. If it’s as big a graphical leap as they said it was at QuakeCon – and you have to believe them, really – consider me interested.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. prodygee

    Omg, not even Square Enix. T-T

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Truk

    “Microsoft Game Studios seems to be a massive omission. Now you could say that it is merely an umbrella publisher for lots of other game developers, but then, SCE would be as well.”

    Um not really. MGS have half a dozen studios. SCE Europe alone have that number. SCEWWS game development capability dwarfs that of MGS.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. patlike

    Square definitely has the power. Not sure which one it would knock out from that list, though. Epic would be the obvious one, but Unreal Engine is “healthy,” to say the least.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. OrphanageExplosion

    @Truk: it’s supposed to be about power and influence, not the volume of games produced or the amount of employees – though admittedly the definition is rather vague.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Truk

    I’d still say SCEWWS outperforms MGS in that regard.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. ohsonice1959

    How did Nintendo make this list, I thought they were talking about about real games not watered down anime, also if they are really doing so well why are all their games being half priced? And yet Bioware, ID, UBisoft, Rare and Square Enix the people who brought you androgynous heroes.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. rainer

    This is more of a sales/top earners list then an actual who’s best so the likes of Valve, Bioware, Rare, Lionhead etc would not make this.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Truk

    You must have a strange definiton of “best”.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Gamoc

    Bungie shouldn’t be on there – they made Halo, and that’s it, and they don’t even own the rights to the game. All their future games have to go through MS aswell, apparently.

    Blizzard are damn powerful, probably the most on the list – they do whatever the hell they want and they excel at it, and they have more fans than Jesus.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. grubbstar

    Ubi Montreal?

    #19 6 years ago

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