With the rise of video game development companies, especially in Europe, it can be pretty competitive. Some of these games ended up being really successful, while the remaining ones are hidden under the rocks. European gaming companies are known to produce some of the best games around, from large companies to small-time developers, here are some of the best ones to look out for:
Jagex – Most Popular Game: RuneScape
Known as the world’s most popular free adventure online game, RuneScape was created by a team of talented developers from Jagex. This popular game which was included in the Guinness Book of World Records had set the records of being a game that allows players to be in a fantasy world with the option of purchasing various items for their characters. Jagex is also known to produce various other games on Steam such as a shooter game called Ace of Spades, as well as an online card game inspired by RuneScape. Hailing from Cambridge, UK, Jagex houses more than 400 employees.
Sports Interactive – Most Popular Game: Football Manager
If you’re a football fan, you must be living under a rock if you have not heard of Football Manager. Created by Sports Interactive from the UK, this fun and the interactive game enables players to manage their own football team along with other features that resemble an actual football premier league. From managing each player’s training, money, and managing fans, this game lets players immerse themselves into a realistic 3D match.
CryTek – Most Popular Game: Far Cry
Deemed as one of the best video game companies that develop cinematic games, CryTek has been producing various series of games such as Far Cry, Crysis and Homefront. Far Cry is a first-person shooting game which tells a story with narrative elements that allows players to also compete against each other and adjust the maps for the competitive matches.
Most of the Far Cry series which goes up to 6, allows players to be immersed in a specific theme to survive among the wildernesses. Despite their tremendous success with producing cinematic experiences, CryTek is on their way to producing free-to-play online games in the upcoming years while taking a break from cinematic games.
Supercell – Most Popular Game: Clash of Clans
Without a doubt, everyone has probably heard of Clash of Clans, which is a game that allows players to build your own village, develop your own clan and compete against other players in matches known as Clan Wars.
The clans were created with interesting, funny names which most players get ideas from an online gaming clan name generator. Here’s a fun fact about the company: it was founded by Supercell back in 2010 where they were all clumped up in a tiny room catered to a maximum of 15 pax. From their humble beginnings in Finland, they grew to over 100 employees with regional offices across the globe, including Tokyo and Seoul.
Criterion Games – Most Popular Game: Need for Speed
Most gamers would have played the popular racing game ‘Need for Speed’ at least once in their lives. Need for Speed, first developed in 1994, has become one of the most successful gaming franchises all around the world. Founded in the UK, Criterion Games paved their way into the gaming scene with their Burnout Paradise series.
Though they are a British video game company, Criterion Games often work hand in hand with American gaming companies as well. To this date, under the arm of Electronic Arts, they have been producing various versions of their popular racing series together with a team of over 90 employees.
Mojang – Most Popular Game: Minecraft
Ah, the good ol’ Minecraft, an online adventure block-building game that is popular among children as well as teenagers and adults. Founded by Markus “Notch” Persson back in the year 2010, Minecraft was developed by Mojang, which was eventually sold to Microsoft. This game grew in popularity due to the ability to form and building homes, castles and many more, igniting creativity of the players.
King – Most Popular Game: Candy Crush
Candy Crush took over the world by storm, with more than 90 million users daily actively playing the game on their mobile phones. Created by King, a start-up digital studio in Sweden which grew to become an internationally known gaming company, King has been producing various mobile and non-mobile games including Zynga.