Considering the many thousands of publishers and developers who are daily making new mobile games and supporting live titles, the task of picking out the relatively small number of 50 as being ’top’ may seem to be a Sisyphean exercise.
Yet, that process provides a wealth of useful information, while the rigor of directly comparing companies — one against another — forces us to think about what we mean by the term ’top developers’.
In terms of our process at PocketGamer. biz, we used metrics such as creativity, critical acclaim, sales performance, innovation especially in terms of business model, and that certain je ne sais quoi that only the best studios exude.
The full list — produced in conjunction with leading mobile application analytics and advertising platform Flurry — will be revealed daily through our Top 50 Developer of 2012 section.
35. Game Insight
Slightly confusing, given that it’s known on Android Market as Cooper Media, Game Insight is a Moscow-based casual mobile publisher, consisting of 13 studios and over 250 staff.
Originally releasing on social networks and iOS, it’s now focused mainly on Android, seeing great success in 2011 with free-to-play games in genres such as town building and hidden object.
Titles such as Crime Story and My Country have each received over 1 million downloads, while Paradise Island is now over 5 million downloads. It’s also looking to release its games via HTML5 in 2012, and has announced it’s opening a San Francisco office to maximise its western publishing operations.