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The Top American Game Developers

Updated June 14, 2019 9.3k votes 1.2k voters 144.8k views

American video game developers list includes some of the top game designers in the US. These are video game developers currently headquartered in the United States. Video game development is a specialized type of software development focusing on games. These games can be for any type of computer whether it be game consoles such as Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo, mobile platforms such as the iPhone or iPad, or traditional computers such as PC and Macintosh.

Who are the top American game developers? What companies have the best game developers? Developers often further specialize into a specific type of genre, whether it be RPG's, FPS's, or RTS's. Unlike regular software development, game development can also trek into the territory of Hollywood, requiring work from writers, artists, and actors to complete their projects.
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    231
    73

    Telltale Games

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: San Rafael, California
    Founded in: 2004
  • 2
    293
    128

    Rockstar Games

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: New York City
    Founded in: 1998
  • 3
    157
    50

    Activision Blizzard

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Santa Monica, California
    Founded in: 2008
  • 4
    132
    39

    Volition, Inc.

    Located in: Champaign, Illinois
    Founded in: 1996
  • 5
    208
    103

    Naughty Dog

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Santa Monica, California
    Founded in: 1986
  • 6
    209
    105

    Valve Corporation

    Digital distribution, Software
    Located in: Bellevue, Washington
    Founded in: 1996
  • 7
    168
    78

    Sony Computer Entertainment America

    Located in: San Diego
    Founded in: 1994
  • 8
    191
    121

    Blizzard Entertainment

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: Irvine, California
    Founded in: 1991
  • 9
    99
    46

    Insomniac Games

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Burbank, California
    Founded in: 1994
  • 10
    Located in: San Francisco, California
    Founded in: 2000
  • 11
    159
    115

    WB Games

    Located in: Chicago
    Founded in: 1988
  • 12
    126
    95

    Take Two Interactive

    Located in: New York City
    Founded in: 1993
  • 13
    79
    64

    Epic Games

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Cary, North Carolina
    Founded in: 1991
  • 14
    98
    86

    Maxis Software

    Located in: Emeryville
    Founded in: 1987
  • 15
    101
    91

    Raven Software

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Middleton, Wisconsin
    Founded in: 1990
  • 16
    311
    350

    Cloud Imperium Games

    Video game industry, Video games
    Located In: Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas
  • 17
    51
    44

    Gearbox Software

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Plano, Texas
    Founded in: 1999
  • 18
    62
    60

    Neatherrealm Studios

  • 19
    58
    66

    Monolith Productions

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Kirkland
    Founded in: 1994
  • 20
    72
    87

    PopCap Games

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: Seattle, Washington
    Founded in: 2000
  • 21
    125
    165

    Treyarch

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: Santa Monica, California
    Founded in: 1996
  • 22
    54
    81

    Red Storm Entertainment

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: Morrisville, North Carolina
    Founded in: 1996
  • 23
    107
    161

    Obsidian Entertainment

    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Located in: Santa Ana, California
    Founded in: 2004
  • 24
    36
    55

    GameHouse

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: Seattle, Washington
    Founded in: 1998
  • 25
    40
    64

    NovaLogic

    Video game, Video game industry
    Located in: Agoura Hills, California
    Founded in: 1985