Gamers always tend to complain about the games they play even because of minor bugs and glitches. This is reasonable, as we all want to get the most value out of what we paid for. Game developers and publishers are always there for us to deliver the best initial product, but also to patch their games whenever it is needed.

It takes a lot of time for companies to establish a world-class reputation, but only a few steps in the wrong direction are enough to completely ruin it. Let’s look at some of game publishing companies and the reasons they are so popular among the gaming community.

Bethesda Softworks

Most gamers out there have already been familiar with this company. In case you are not, these are some of the games they have published: The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series, Doom and Prey. Chances are you have played some of these games, or at least watched gameplay or walkthrough videos in case your machine couldn’t handle the graphics. Bethesda Softworks appeared as a mid-sized publisher on several websites, but this is definitely the year to allow them to ‘level up’ on our charts and call it one of the major publishment firms.

Nintendo

We won’t talk about different platforms, but Nintendo Switch is something that needs to be mentioned. The Japanese giant made the right decision when they decided to announce, produce and advertise the Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, Super Mario, and Mario Kart are only a few Switch games purchased by millions of people all over the world. Although the company is a lot larger than Bethesda, it does develop and publish a niche software that may kill its potential to a certain extent.

Activision Blizzard

As much as Activision Blizzard is detested because of their newer Call of Duty releases, it still sells millions of copies and makes billions of dollars every year. Just to prove how successful the company is, we’ll mention that it appeared in the Fortune 500 list in 2017 and S&P 500 in 2015. The reason they are not among the favourite publishers is the implementation of microtransactions and loot crates in their games. However, this is exactly what brought them to 7 billion dollars in revenue last year.

Ubisoft

Yet another company on our list with more than three decades of experience in the field and hundreds of games in their portfolio. Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed series—do we need to say more? Just like Activision Blizzard, they received a fair amount of criticism for the same reasons. However, this is something gamers need to adapt to since, judging by sales, it is obvious that the vast majority loves how the most recent games work.

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