Now that 2021 has finished it’s a great opportunity to look back at standout moments from the year, create round-up lists, and give credit to those who made an impact in the gaming industry. Online gaming has continued to be a force to reckon with, enjoying popularity never seen before. As people have continued to spend more time at home, they have increased their gaming and software developers have taken notice and made sure to deliver more of what players were demanding.
Who were the top gaming software developers of 2021? Here’s a look at the standouts.
Online casino gaming has made quite the name for itself over the past decade or so, working to grow a very loyal following. While there are always developers churning out exciting offerings, Pragmatic Play stood out in 2021. It describes itself as a “leading content provider”, and these are words that ring true. Its offerings are geared towards mobile use, which is exactly what players are looking for nowadays. Pragmatic Play has been involved in developing live casinos, slots, and bingo offerings.
Not only are Pragmatic Play’s slots popular, but many are award-winning, which is impressive when you consider how many options there are to choose from nowadays. You may be familiar with such games as The Doghouse, John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen, Wolf Gold and Sweet Bonanza. These are just some of the standout casino games from the developer.
Electronic Arts (EA) has been around since 1928 providing gamers with incredible titles that are typically filled with action. The company is quite large, employing 5000-10,000 people, and there are more than 300 million players who have registered accounts with the developer. What makes this company such a giant in the industry is that it offers content not just for game consoles but also for computers and mobile devices.
Some of the biggest games from the developer in 2021 included F1 2021, Madden NFL 22, FIFA 22, Battlefield 2042 and Mass Effect Legendary Edition. As you can see by the titles, EA is known in particular for its sports-themed games, which are always a popular genre/category.
When it comes to Epic Games, it’s not so much about what was new in 2021. Rather, it was the fact it continues to dominate thanks to the titles it features. Fortnite is one of the most popular games around the world, played across all platforms, and Epic Games is the developer. Part of what makes this such a great game is that players are treated to an entirely new season a few times a year, keeping things fresh and exciting.
Other popular titles from the developer are Rocket League and Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition.
Then we’ve got Activision Blizzard, which is a California-based developer on Fortune’s 100 best companies to work for list. It has around 500 million active users per month and is responsible for such massive titles as Call of Duty, Candy Crush Saga and Overwatch. While this one hasn’t been around as long as some of the others, as it was founded in 2008, it has made a huge name for itself in the industry.
The fact that Activision Blizzard offers products for gaming consoles, PCs, tablets, and mobile phones helped to make it a huge player in 2021, as gamers could find options on any of their devices.
No matter which of these software developers you look at, they all have one thing in common, and that is the fact they are listening to players, they are tuned into what people want to play, and they know how to churn out engaging games. The fact that so many of their games are also available cross-platform and on multiple types of devices makes them even more mainstream.
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