Countdown to Develop 100: The Top Studios of 2006

Countdown to Develop 100: The Top Studios of 2006
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

November 9th 2015 at 1:17PM

Witness the leading developers of yesteryear as we prepare to unveil 2015’s Develop 100

As we approach the release of the 2015 Develop 100 later this year, we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane to explore the previous victors in our regular list of the world’s most successful studios.

The year is 2006.

Microsoft had kicked off a new generation of consoles with the Xbox 360. The Wii wasn’t far behind. The PS3 slipped into the following year. Nobody knew what an App Store was.

Develop’s ranking of the world’s most successful studios for 2006 – compiled with the help of Chart-Track and UKIE predecessor ESLPA – is unsurprisingly dominated by console developers, with mobile gaming far more limited before the advent of the smartphone.

The Top 100 includes some familiar names that are still with us today, as well as some sadly missed studios: a still-independent Pandemic Studios, Bizarre Creations, Neversoft, Raven Software, Ensemble Studios and more.

Take a look through the full list below, see where you favourite studios once stood, and keep your eyes peeled in November as Develop reveals this year’s list of the world’s Top 100 most successful games developers.

First published in 2005, The Develop 100 celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and returns to print for the first time since 2011, included with the upcoming December/January issue of Develop magazine.

It’s also an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of your studio (whether they are in the listing or not), your brand or service firm. The Develop 100 is a must-read publication read and kept by execs the world over. 

Don’t miss out on a chance to be a part of it: email Charlotte Nangle on cnangle@nbmedia.com or Jennie Lane on jlane@nbmedia.com or call them on 01992 535 647 to find out more.

The Develop 100: The World’s Most Successful Game Studios 2006

  1. EA Canada
  2. Pandemic Studios
  3. Konami Corporation
  4. Maxis
  5. Nintendo
  6. Ubisoft Montreal
  7. Polyphony Digital
  8. EA Redwood Shores
  9. Traveller’s Tales
  10. SCE London Studios
  11. Rockstar North
  12. Capcom
  13. Ubisoft France
  14. Namco
  15. The Collective
  16. Neversoft
  17. Treyarch
  18. Rockstar Leeds
  19. Sonic Team
  20. EA Los Angeles
  21. Radical Entertainment
  22. Yuke’s
  23. Vicarious Visions
  24. Criterion
  25. EA Chertsey
  26. Sports Interactive
  27. Gearbox Software
  28. Heavy Iron Studios
  29. Amaze Entertainment
  30. Konami Japan
  31. Codemasters
  32. HB Studios
  33. Eurocom Entertainment
  34. Game Freak
  35. Genuine Games
  36. Luxoflux
  37. Swordfish Studios
  38. Creative Assembly
  39. Digital Illusions (DICE)
  40. Infinity Ward
  41. Konami Tokyo
  42. Juice Games
  43. Relentless Studios
  44. Rockstar Toronto
  45. Rockstar San Diego
  46. Blizzard Entertainment
  47. Microsoft
  48. Rare
  49. Ensemble Studios
  50. Toys for Bob
  51. Frontier Developments
  52. Valve
  53. Free Radical Design
  54. Lionhead studios
  55. A2M
  56. Shiny Entertainment
  57. Gusto Games
  58. Sega Studios USA
  59. Midway
  60. Raven Software
  61. High Voltage
  62. 7 Studios
  63. Obsidian Entertainment
  64. Blade Interactive Studios
  65. SCE Studio Liverpool
  66. Altron
  67. Pivotal Games
  68. Insomniac Games
  69. Sumo Digital
  70. Firaxis
  71. Monolith Productions
  72. Beautiful Game Studios
  73. Bizarre Creations
  74. EA Chicago
  75. Bungie
  76. Spark Unlimited
  77. Climax Studios
  78. Digital Eclipse
  79. LucasArts
  80. Dimps
  81. EA Tiburon
  82. Red Storm
  83. Team17
  84. Salvage Entertainment
  85. Relic
  86. Volition
  87. Helixe
  88. Shaba
  89. ArenaNet
  90. Guerilla Games
  91. Clap Hanz
  92. SCE Studios Santa Monica
  93. Omega Force
  94. BioWare
  95. BigBig Studios
  96. Zoo
  97. Aqua Pacific
  98. Kuju Entertainment
  99. Magic Pockets
  100. Hudson