Who owns the best game developers?


Snaffled by SCi in 2005 - who beat off competition from the Bono-led Elevation Partners - Eidos is one of the UK's biggest publishers. Things are so good, in fact, that plans for a Canada-based studio were announced earlier this year, with web rumours suggesting (read: praying) it heralded a return for Deus Ex.

Still, with powerhouse franchises like Tomb Raider, Hitman and Conflict all locked down in Eidos' studio vault, it certainly isn't suffering a lack of recognisable games.



IO Interactive | Acquired 2004
The Hitman series has given IO a strong reputation, with Agent 47's compelling assassination action pulling in big review scores. Kain and Lynch, however, appears to be more of an acquired taste. Either that, or it's just a bit rubs...
Studio score: 79%

Crystal Dynamics | Acquired 2005
Credited with reviving Lara Croft's appeal after the Angel of Darkness debacle, Crystal Dynamics has also succeeded with its own IP in the form of Legacy of Kain and Project Snowblind.
Studio score: 78%

Pivotal Games | Acquired 2005
We once went to a superb Vietnam-themed press event for Conflict: Vietnam, showing that Pivotal really 'gets' war and how to present it. It also did The Great Escape though. Nevermind.
Studio score: 64%


  • Manguy17 - July 30, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    every time activision buy a studio and kitten cries Recaptcha:Iron exorcisms
  • sleepy92ismypsn - January 26, 2010 1 a.m.

    rockstar a 75%? FTW? i would love to work for any of these developers especially sony
  • battenfelder - March 3, 2009 4:33 a.m.

    THQ so low???? 77%? really, you guys must have been drunk when you wrote this.
  • devinejoh - March 2, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    rockstar a 75%? wtf?
  • CoD_22 - March 2, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    is it just me or was this written like its 2008?
  • Snarf - March 2, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Haha, SEGA.
  • ashl91 - March 2, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    first good article
  • JohnnyMaverik - April 28, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    "rockstar a 75%? wtf?" and "THQ so low???? 77%? really, you guys must have been drunk when you wrote this." Can i just point out that they didnt give them those scores, they are based on metacritic scores of the last three games that were developed (i think that was it anyway)... Suprised to see EA so low considering they own so bloody much, also suprised to see Nintendo come out in front, although not nessesarily dissapointed.
  • nadrewod999 - March 4, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    The main things wrong with this article are that 1.) HOW ON EARTH DOES A CRAPPY STUDIO LIKE EA BUY OUT AN AWESOME STUDIO (Criterion) THAT REALLY DOES GREAT WITH JUST ONE SERIES (Burnout): and 2.) WHERE ARE THE NEW DETAILS ON ASSASSIN'S CREED 2?!?!?! Thank you for your time.
  • Cybermaster - March 3, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    Great article- One of GamesRadar's best. Mind you, Nintendo also own Monster Games (Excite Truck), HAL Labs (Kirby) and Game Freak (Pokémon). They've also just aquired Sora, (Sakurai's -Smash Bros. and Kirby- studio) and I belive they also own the ones who made Disaster.
  • RonnyLive19881 - March 3, 2009 6:40 a.m.

    GO NINTENDO! I loved this article!

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