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develop 100 ANALYSIS


100 reasons why I love UK


WHILE THIS latest Develop 100 drops our commercially- orientated developer ranking, we have put our money where our mouth is when it comes to grading developers.


And this guide is not just an


accurate list of the top 100 UK studios operating in the games industry today, it also provides via an extensive appendix a list of every single UK games business. To form this list, we spent months compiling a long list of every British games studio and also invited the industry to lobby for inclusion. Over half of our list submitted details about their achievements, and we filled in the rest. From that, the Develop team


weighed up each studio, examining their history, potential, commercial success, creative prowess, business choices, and other accolades and plaudits. Numerous voting rounds later, and we had concluded our 100. No list is accurate, but we think this is as comprehensive a reflection of the games business in the UK that you will find. A spectrum of studios make up


06 UK STUDIO HOT LIST


In association with


Develop editor-in- chief Michael French offers a quick look at some topline stats from our list of British games studios


Clockwise from top left: Gunpoint, Thomas Was Alone, New Star Soccer and LEGO City Undercover


“113 studios opened in the UK in the last 18 months. But what lies ahead for this wave of new indies? What ones are prepared to do the boring stuff – like hire a lawyer… or an office cleaner – as well as the glamorous stuff?”


the list, with a handful of one- man band outfits at one end, to some of the planet’s most powerful at the other. Sifting through both the


results of our 100 picks and the wider list of 500 studios, trends are clear and questions raised…


l 113 studios opened in the UK in the last 18 months. Since the start of 2012 we’ve recorded over 100 new games studios being formed. Some of them – 22cans, Crash Lab, Dlala – have already seen success with their first games, proving how tight the feedback loop can now be between idea and consumer thanks to digital marketplaces.


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