Train2game News Pocket Gamer Top 50 Finalists

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The complete Pocket Gamer Top 50 finalists have now been announced and the list is available to view on the PocketGamer.biz website.

Developers including: Rovio Entertainment, Space Ape Games, Next Games and Wargaming have used the opportunity to discuss why the accolades are so important and to thank Pocket Gamer.biz for the recognition.

PocketGamer.biz and Developers are available for comment.

The full list including the top ten can be viewed here
http://www.pocketgamer.biz/list/62773/top-50-mobile-game-developers-of-2016/

Or view the video of the Top 50 here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZGrLovn2E4

The PocketGamer.biz Awards are in there 7th year and continue to demonstrate just how global and dynamic the mobile game industry is, with representatives in the top ten from the Nordics, Europe, Asia and the US. These awards are incredibly important in being visible in the global market place and to the wider games industry. Interestingly five in the top ten are Asian.

Some developers have found that they are appearing for the first time, showing how much can change in a year in the mobile games industry. But some are appearing for years running, demonstrating they’ve cracked this very challenging market.

Jon Jordan, PocketGamer.biz, said:
‘A number of factors go into the decision of winners: Financial is key, but the criteria also includes wider issues: is a company successfully operating in different global regions (or just one); across many – and/or different – platforms; running a single big title or experimenting with different genres and themes; and looking to expand?’

‘We also take into account a company’s soft power: how does it present itself to players and the industry at large and we love to reward ambitious startups who are attempting to innovate and shake up the entire market.’

‘But, let’s be clear. The lodestone running throughout our entire process is the quality of each developer’s game(s). For, not only is this list an attempt to gauge the top developers over the past 12 months, it’s also the attempt to highlight those who will be making the headlines over the year.’

‘And the quality of a company’s mobile games is – in my opinion – the best (if not the only) measure of this.’

Saara Bergström, CMO, Next Games
‘2015 was an awesome year for Next Games with our two first game launches. Our unique collaboration with AMC, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land has been well-received among the TV show fans and has fared tremendously well on the store charts. We have plenty of big surprises in store for 2016 and can’t wait to get them out into our players’ hands!’

Chris Akhavan, Glu Mobile
‘We’re delighted Glu has made the PG.biz Top 50 2016 list! It’s great to see Pocket Gamer continuing to recognize talent across the industry. Our inclusion is a testament to the hard work of our studio teams over the past year.  We’d also like to congratulate the other Top 50 finalists.’

Wilhelm That, Rovio Entertainment
‘Fabulous to be recognised amongst the best of the best! Honoured!’

Simon Hade, Space Ape Games
‘Thanks Pocket Gamer! We are honored to be included in the Top 50; we are dedicated to keep making games we are passionate about.’

Antoine Morcos, Ketchapp
‘We’re very pleased to be included in the Top 50 list this year, and humbly accept this recognition, on behalf of the developers we work with, as a reflection of their beautiful work.’

Sean Lee, Wargaming
‘Wargaming is honored and delighted to be included on this year’s PG.biz Top 50 list. To make every Player happy is our vision as a company, and we promise to continue to deliver even more happiness to our Players around the world.’

Maxim Petrov, CPO, ZeptoLab
‘2015 was a really important year for us: we successfully launched our first free-to-play title outside Cut the Rope franchise — King of Thieves — and it became a real hit. This was a result of two years of hard work on searching an innovative core gameplay, but we finally proved that we are not a one-hit game studio. Moreover, we didn’t forget about Cut the Rope either: by releasing a new game called Cut the Rope: Magic, we grew the series’ installs up to 800 million. We are glad that PG.biz noticed all these facts and included us into its Top 50 rating.’

Tom van Dam, Head of Mobile Business Development, NetEase
‘We’re all enormously proud to have been included in the PocketGamer.biz Top 50 Developers List and honoured to be listed among such esteemed fellow developers. It’s a happy recognition of the hard work and dedication put in by a huge number of people across NetEase, all talented and creative individuals, as well as a reflection of our loyal gaming community the world over. With the massive success of Fantasy Westward Journey and other new mobile games, it’s been a hugely productive year for us. And there is much more to come!’

Ben Liu, Pocket Gems
‘We’re honored to be counted as one of the world’s top developers by Pocket Gamer. Mobile games have come a long way in recent years and we believe we can build on our pioneering history to make something truly great. With new advancements in technology, developers exploring different concepts, and greater player interest, there’s never been a more exciting time to be making mobile games.’

Train2Game News MobileSlots top 50 iconic games

gamerPac-Man, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga have been named as some of the most
iconic games ever.

The experts at online gaming site, MobileSlots.com named the games they felt were the most iconic and have now announced the 50 most popular choices.

The list included games from both the past and present played on a range of
devices from consoles to phones.

Retro games from the seventies and eighties featured prominently on the
list, including Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders and Tetris.

Other blasts from the pasts included some nineties nostalgia from the likes
of Spyro, Rayman and Crash Bandicoot. Modern day entries included Call of Duty, The Last of Us and Minecraft. Addictive mobile games were also named like the infamous Snake 97 as well as Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds.

Many of the games on the list have since been remade but the classics are
the ones that made the cut.

A spokesperson for MobileSlots.com said: “The
gaming industry is now so huge and has so many different types of games but
when it comes down to it the most iconic ones are often the most simple.

“Judging from this list, the recipe to an iconic game is to have a great
storyline, an instantly recognisable protagonist and be incredibly
addictive.

“The gaming industry has come a long way since it begun, some of the games
on the list have gone to inspire movie adaptations, comics and merchandise.

“It’s great to see that some of the very first video games are still so
popular today.”

Results in full (in no particular order):

1. Pac-Man

2. Tetris

3. Golden Eye 007

4. The Legend of Zelda

5. Street Fighter

6. Tennis for Two

7. Pong

8. Super Mario Bros

9. Donkey Kong

10. Final Fantasy VII

11. Tomb Raider

12. Tony Hawks Pro Skater

13. The Sims

14. Minecraft

15. WWF SmackDown!

16. Resident Evil

17. Call of Duty

18. Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow

19. Crash Bandicoot

20. Spyro

21. Halo

22. Half-Life

23. Grand Theft Auto

24. Super Mario Kart

25. Sonic the Hedgehog

26. World of Warcraft

27. Assasin¹s Creed

28. Doom

29. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

30. The Last Of Us

31. Super Metroid

32. Roller Coaster Tycoon

33. Theme Hospital

34. FIFA International Soccer

35. Football Manager

36. Frogger

37. Candy Crush Saga

38. Flappy Fish

39. Snake 97

40. Space Invaders

41. Asteroids

42. Prince of Persia

43. Lemmings

44. Zork

45. Gran Turismo

46. FarmVille

47. King’s Quest

48. Angry Birds

49. Solitaire

50. Rayman