The 10 best developers of the year

Industry website Gamasutra has officially unveiled its 10 best developers of the year.

These are not necessarily¬†the developers that put out the best games of the year, but rather¬†developers and studios that left their mark on this year in a meaningful way, “shaping the year in the art and business of making games”.

You can check out the winners below (in alphabetical order).


Games: Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Legion

Concerned Ape

Games: Stardew Valley

D-Pad Studio

Games: Owlboy


Games: The Last Guardian

Hello Games

Games: No Man’s Sky

id Software

Games: DOOM

IO Interactive

Games: Hitman 2016

Niantic Labs

Games: Pokemon GO

Owlchemy Labs

Games: Job Simulator

Witching Hour Studios

Games: Masquerada

Who was your developer of the year? Let us know in the comments below and in our forums.

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  • BeoTeK

    Nice list, but what about Naughty Dog?

  • Hraffnir

    Easily would put Playdead up there for Inside.
    That game was phenomenal and flawless. Soundtrack deserves a solid mention too, the music was sublime.
    My game of the year. <3

  • Yeah No Man’s Sky and Pokemon Go… Guess hype makes you a great developer in spite of short lived success and failed promises

  • What he said.

  • Oom_Soutie

    Did you read the prelude to the list?

  • Johann Botha

    Job Simulator…. is that for people without jobs?

  • I did now :/

  • AVJ

    Worst developer of 2016? Infinity Fart.

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