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Gaming NewsDec 28, 2018 at 3:49p PSTby Adrian Werner

Top game publishers of 2018

In the fourth chapter of our last year's summary, we check the best video game publishers of 2018. Also, we have provided a list of the most popular companies.

Yakuza 6 ended the story of Kazuma Kiryu in a graceful manner. - 2018-12-30
Yakuza 6 ended the story of Kazuma Kiryu in a graceful manner.

We return with the next episode of this year’s summary on GamePressure.com. We have already discussed the hottest premieres of 2018, titles that enjoyed the greatest popularity in 2018, and the most anticipated video games of 2019.

Today, we will discuss which publishers have done best over the past twelve months. We have also prepared an overview of companies in terms of how much interest was around their productions.

Best publishers in 2018 – according to GamePressure.com readers

The ranking places in the table below were allocated on the basis of the average ratings for each title of the publisher. Only companies that released at least three new titles in 2018 were eligible.

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Video Game Publisher:

1.

SEGA

2.

PlayWay

3.

Deep Silver / Koch Media

4.

Microsoft Studios

5.

Bandai Namco Entertainment

6.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

7.

Focus Home Interactive

8.

Square-Enix / Eidos

9.

Ubisoft

10.

Activision Blizzard

11.

Electronic Arts Inc.

In 2018, we can notice that the main leader is Sega. The Japanese company had a very successful year. Football Manager 2019 turned out to be a great success as usual. Thanks to Two Point Hospital we finally got a worthy successor to the cult Theme Hospital, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life allowed us to get to know the last chapter in the story of Kazuma Kiryu. We could also remember his earlier life story thanks to Yakuza Kiwami 2.

Electronic Arts turned out to be the worst-rated publisher. This company has not been popular with players for some time now. We will see if next year's Anthem shall change anything in this matter.

Many readers will probably ask why there is no Bethesda company in the list. This is due to the fact that it released only one new game this year (Fallout 76), and the remaining products were only conversions of older titles or add-ons.

Best publishers in 2018 – according to GamePressure.com editors

The second list is based on the average rating of GamePressure.com editors. Only companies that released at least three games this year were taken into consideration. The leading position was taken by Capcom, for which this year was very successful. Monster Hunter: World has become the most successful financial treat in the publisher's history, and Mega Man 11 has successfully resurrected the classic platformer series.

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Video Game Publisher:

1.

Capcom

2.

Bandai Namco Entertainment

3.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

4.

Square-Enix / Eidos

5.

Paradox Interactive

6.

Activision Blizzard

7.

Electronic Arts Inc.

8.

SEGA

9.

THQ Nordic / Nordic Games

10.

Deep Silver / Koch Media

11.

Microsoft Studios

12.

Focus Home Interactive

13.

Ubisoft

14.

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The Most Popular Publishers of 2018

We have also prepared a list of the most popular publishers of 2018. The order on the list was determined by how much interest our readers showed in the content devoted to the games of given companies. In this ranking we included not only new games, but also add-ons and conversions released this year.

Ubisoft turned out to be the undisputed leader. The publisher released several great hits, including Far Cry 5 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and is intensively developing older productions, such as Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege, For Honor or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

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Video Game Publisher:

Number of games issued in 2018 (including expansions sets and conversions):

1.

Ubisoft

30

2.

Electronic Arts Inc.

21

3.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

22

4.

Deep Silver / Koch Media

9

5.

Focus Home Interactive

14

6.

Square-Enix / Eidos

27

7.

Microsoft Studios

7

8.

Bandai Namco Entertainment

37

9.

Bethesda Softworks

12

10.

Capcom

16

11.

SEGA

31

12.

PlayWay

11

13.

Activision Blizzard

10

14.

THQ Nordic / Nordic Games

14

15.

Versus Evil

9

Other news and rankings summarizing year 2018 on GamePressure.com:

  1. Hottest Premieres of 2018 by GamePressure
  2. Top 100 Most Popular Games of 2018 by GamePressure
  3. Most Anticipated Games of 2019 by GamePressure