With every passing year, the progress of video game evolution keeps on getting better. The ongoing year of 2023 marked the release of so many exciting debut installments, along with the most-awaited gaming sequels hitting the markets. While this year is a standing example of how strongly the eSports industry has advanced in recent times, only a few creations would make it to the unforgettable league, aka the G.O.A.Ts of the industry. Well, how many of this year’s releases do you think influenced the elite list of all time? Make your bets as we analyze the ‘best in business’ across all parameters to date!

The history of modern gaming evolution can be traced back to the 1980s. Although no gaming enthusiast was familiar with the term ‘eSports’, video games certainly were a major source of entertainment and leisure. It was only after the unexpected increase in popularity with the introduction of revolutionary console systems and the rise of Nintendo in the market, ever since then, the range of alternatives available to players has only widened with so many impressive innovations. But in the sea of so many celebrated labels, developers, and franchises, which creations claim the top spots? A curious thought, and all thanks to analytics and profound research, here are all the answers.

The best video game developers


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Before going into the results of the research, let’s break down the sources that have been compiled together to come to the following conclusion: The research includes media rankings across the years, critic polls, game ratings, and various internet trends and player counts. A Reddit user has compiled the research, giving the community a clear picture of what’s been the ‘fan favorite choices in the history of gaming’.

The first category that might strike curiosity among a lot of gamers is who won the race for best video game developers. However, the results might not surprise you.

5) Square Enix 

4) Valve 

3) Capcom 

2) Rockstar Games

The winner is undoubtedly Nintendo! The Japanese gaming giants do not just own most of the biggest blockbusters in gaming history but have also been the champions of consistency. Their creations across every genre and dimension have mostly resonated well with the players, and the spectrum of audiences they cater to is much wider than any of their competitors.

Top Video Game Franchises

Creating a bankable indie game is tough, but there’s an added spice of pressure when it comes to developing sequels or building up a franchise. Keeping up with the expectations and standards set by a predecessor is always tricky. However, some developers seem to have mastered the art. Thus, the list includes most of the big banner productions that might be your first picks in the league. Spoiler Alert! The top two again are Nintendo classics.

10. Red Dead Redemption

9. Portal

8. Halo

7. Half-Life

6. Resident Evil

5. Metal Gear Solid

4. Final Fantasy

3. Grand Theft Auto

2. The Legend of Zelda

*Drumrolls* The mushroom kingdom emerges as a winner! The Mario franchise is the best video game franchise of all time! 

The Top Ten Titles 

Of course, the most-awaited countdown of the piece is the top ten video games of all time. From critics, fan polls, and business numbers, which ten games could beat the cluster of thousands to make it to the top? Have your bets ready? Find out if your favorite could make it to the list.

10. Bioshock

9. Super Mario 64

8. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

7. Metal Gear Solid

6. Resident Evil 4

5. Tetris

4. The Last of Us

3. Grand Theft Auto V

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

If you have a doubt about why Nintendo topped the best developer list, the dominance of the Japanese gaming giant in all the lists is a testament to its legacy. Oh, and yes, the winner yet again is a Nintendo label.

According to the source, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the greatest video game of all time! 

Some honorable achievements 

Besides the ‘list of fame’, the research conducted by the Reddit user also addressed some interesting facts about the eSports evolution. 


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  • Minecraft, standing at rank 14 in the list of the G.O.A.Ts has a very remarkable achievement under its cap. The Mojang Studios classic is the best-selling game of all time. 
  • Another interesting statistic revealed by the study states that FPS as a genre has emerged as the most bankable genre of gaming history with the most popularity. 
  • Also, the all-time list includes most titles from the year 2001, making it an interesting year to revisit for all gaming enthusiasts. 

You can check the top 200 entries of the list by clicking on the link.


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So, did your bet make it to any of the lists? Let us know if you agree with the conclusion. 

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