What are you talking about here – glorified bookies? Who exactly are these gaming companies?
“The gaming industry needs to be one of our priorities and is an area already starting to blossom. Third level institutions that provide relevant courses to this industry should be assisted in establishing partnerships with gaming companies.”
Rockstar North Ltd is developers of computer and video games based in UK. It is the primary developer of the Grand Theft Auto series, which are the best-selling games on sixth-generation consoles.
Nintendo is a video game company which has become one of the most influential industry and Japan’s third most valuable listed company, with a market value of over US$85 billion.
Blizzard Entertainment is an American video game developer and publisher headquartered in California. It is a division of Activision Blizzard. Blizzard is the creator of several successful PC games, including the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo series, and the World of Warcraft.
EA Canada is a video game developer located in Burnaby. The development studio was opened in January 1983 and is EA’s largest studio. EA Canada alone employs more than one thousand people and houses the world’s largest video game test operation.
Capcom is a leading international developer and publisher of video games in Japan. In 2008, Capcom was one of the fifty largest software companies in the world. In 2009, it has reported an increase in sales of 10.6 percent to $924 million.
Ubisoft Montreal is French video game developer located in Montreal. It is responsible for developing, famous games like Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed series, as well as those created by Tom Clancy.
Treyarch is a video game developer company. In 2005, Gray Matter Interactive was merged into Treyarch. It has developed marvelous games like Tony hawk pro and Quantum of solace.
Infinity Ward, located in California, is a computer game developer founded in 2002. Infinity Ward was acquired by Activision in October 2003. Its biggest success is COD series.
Epic Games is a video game development company based in Cary, North Carolina. Its most recent success has been the Gears of War series of games, although it is also known for its Unreal Engine technology.
Bethesda Soft works
Bethesda Soft works a Company is a developer and publisher of video games. The company, whose parent company is ZeniMax Media, is based in Rockville, Maryland, in the United States. Fallout 3 and the elder scrolls is its best works.
Game industry value chain
Ben Sawyer of Digitalmill observes that the game industry value chain is made up of six connected and distinctive layers:
Capital and publishing layer: involved in paying for development of new titles and seeking returns through licensing of the titles.
Product and talent layer: includes developers, designers and artists, who may be working under individual contracts or as part of in-house development teams.
Production and tools layer: generates content production tools, game development middleware, customizable game engines, and production management tools.
Distribution layer: or the “publishing” industry, involved in generating and marketing catalogs of games for retail and online distribution.
Hardware (or Virtual Machine or Software Platform) layer: or the providers of the underlying platform, which may be console-based, accessed through online media, or accessed through mobile devices such as the iPhone. This layer now includes non-hardware platforms such as virtual machines (e.g. Java or Flash), or software platforms such as browsers or even further Facebook, etc.
End-users layer: or the users/players of the games.
UK video game industry practices
The UK industry is the third largest in the World in terms of developer success and sales of hardware and software by country alone but fourth behind Canada in terms of people employed. The country houses 23 of the top 100 successful studios in the world. In recent years many of the studios have become defunct or sold on to other rival companies such as LittleBigPlanet developer, Media Molecule and Codemasters. Though the country houses many of the world’s most successful franchises such as Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto, Fable, DiRT and Total War, the country is trying to find its identity, with many of the games without any cultural influence coming from the UK, with most influence derived from North America.
The country also goes without tax relief, which means most of the talented development within the UK may move overseas for more profit, along with parents of certain video game developers which would pay for having games developed in the UK. Though in its current state it is large, at the rate the industry in the country is going it will lead to the country being moved down in the rankings and falling behind countries such as France and, recently overtook by, Canada.
Source : Wikipedia
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