Top Game Development Companies

Game development companies ensure that there are no glitches during the launch of the game. To bring complex games to life, game developers utilize several development modules like 2D, 3D, across multiple platforms such as iOS, Android, etc. Out of the numerous options, it becomes challenging to select a reliable game studio. At GoodFirms, we understand the problem and hence have come up with a list of the best companies for game development available in the market.

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List of Top Game Development Companies | Best Game Developers

  • 1. Whimsy Games

    Game Development & Art Production Studio
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    Whimsy Games is a leading Game Development company treating each game genre with a unique and uncommon development approach while turning ideas into real-life experience games. Our goal is to spotlight exceptional customer service for all of the clients worldwide while being focused on the origins of transparency, trus ... learn more about Whimsy Games

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2017
    United States, United Kingdom
  • 2. Moonmana Games

    Game Development & Art Production Company
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    Moonmana is a reputable European Game Development and Art Production Studio creating top-notch games for global clients. Our mission is to help our clients grow their business by providing a best-in-class outsourcing services reinforced with skilled expertise and on-time delivery. Top facts about Moonmana: ... learn more about Moonmana Games

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    Poland, Malaysia
  • 3. Argentics

    Game Development and Art Production Outsourcing
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    We offer top-notch end-to-end Game Development and Game Art Outsourcing services. Our team of industry veterans will be glad to create your project from scratch, may you need an addictive mobile title or a AAA project for  From inception, through concepting and prototyping to release and post release support ... learn more about Argentics

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2018
    United States, United Kingdom
  • 4. Cubix

    Award Winning Software Development Company
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    Welcome to Cubix! We are excited to see you on our profile. Cubix is a leading mobile app, games and enterprise software development company! – expert in development, customization and integration of complex enterprise-level solutions, business intelligence analytics, advanced web and mobile solutions. With ... learn more about Cubix

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    United States, United Arab Emirates
  • 5. Aspired

    Elite. Remote Team. On-Demand.
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    Aspired helps its clients hire and build a remote autonomous dedicated team by carefully selecting the elite from the global pool of talent.  Our team of experts identifies new & emerging tech hubs and pair our top engineers with teams engaged in solving thought-provoking problems. We provide complete opera ... learn more about Aspired

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2020
    United States, United Arab Emirates
  • 6. Logic Simplified

    Game Development, IoT, AI and ML Applications
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    Welcome! We are a team of enthusiastic gamers and developers. In the past 11 years we have created games across genres. We have architected, designed and developed high Traffic Network based games as well as addictive single-player casual games. We build game concepts for clients on turn key model and our team also wor ... learn more about Logic Simplified

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    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    2011
    India, United States
  • 7. KEVURU GAMES

    Game Development and Art Production Studio
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    Kevuru Games is a leading European Art Production and Game Development firm creating transformational entertainment projects for global clients.Our philosophy is to go an extra mile to deliver high-quality products with WOW effects and ensure maximum satisfaction for our customers. Main corporate facts about us: ... learn more about KEVURU GAMES

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2011
    United States, Ukraine
  • 8. Stepico

    Leading Game Development & Art Production Studio
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    Stepico is a Leading Game Development Partner in US & Europe. Working with NBC Universal, Rovio, Section, and others we built a team of experts to deliver solutions at all levels of Game Development.  8 years in the interactive entertainment industry 200+ Professionals and growing 42 Titles we have w ... learn more about Stepico

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2014
    Ukraine, Cyprus
  • 9. Quytech

    Mobile App/AI/Game/Blockchain Development Company
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    Quytech is a trusted Mobile app, AI/ML, Blockchain and Game development company with over 10 years of experience that help startups to take their first step in the right direction. We leverage the latest technology to shape your mobile app idea into reality. Our developed applications are appreciated for ... learn more about Quytech

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2010
    India, United States
  • 10. Riseup Labs

    A technology solution & service provider company.
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    Riseup Labs is a leading technology solution and service provider company focusing mostly on Web, Mobile, XR and Simulator technologies. We design & develop intelligent, innovative and sustainable Web Systems, Mobile Apps, Games and Interactive entertainment experiences on multiple platforms. We’ve been in bu ... learn more about Riseup Labs

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2009
    Bangladesh
  • 11. Next Big Technology(NBT)

    Best Web & Mobile App Development Company
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    Next Big Technology (NBT) is a premium Web & App Development firm established in 2009. NBT always uses the latest technologies for Website & Mobile App development. As an applications development company, we know how to build websites and apps that utilize proper design and programming to build products that ... learn more about Next Big Technology(NBT)

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2009
    India, Australia
  • 12. Visartech Inc.

    ✔️ SaaS | ✔️ Web & Mobile | ✔️ WebGL | ✔️ Games
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    Visartech Inc. is a high tech product development agency that helps businesses transform their operations via tech consulting, cloud computing, and full-cycle software development services. From solution architecture to solid backend development and interactive frontend implementation - it all forms the core product-fo ... learn more about Visartech Inc.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2010
    United States
  • 13. Appingine

    "Road to Victory-- With our dominant developers"
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    𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞 is one of the best awards winning top mobile app development companies in the USA which guarantees your app to win a marketplace. 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞 designs impeccable web applications that help the company in branding and get featured in App stores. 𝐀𝐩 ... learn more about Appingine

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    United States
  • 14. Kmphitech

    Leading Mobile App & Game Development Company
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    Kmphitech is one of India’s fastest growing IT companies focusing on providing end to end solutions on Mobile Application Development, Game Development, Web Application Development , Software Development, Web Design and many more. At Kmphitech we believe in transforming&nbs ... learn more about Kmphitech

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2012
    India
  • 15. Nimblechapps Pvt. Ltd.

    The Coolest Mobile App & Game Development Company
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    Nimblechapps is an offspring of the collective efforts of the enthusiastic and intellectual developers of various technologies (Mobile apps + Mobile games + Web development) that can together and became the Nimbles (What we call ourselves) year ago. Each personnel having 5+ years of experience in their respective field ... learn more about Nimblechapps Pvt. Ltd.

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    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    2014
    India
  • 16. South Games Studio

    Complete gaming solutions from a single source.
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    An experienced game development studio that provides complete game development outsourcing services. Get our initial quote free with a complete design and development analysis.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    2 - 9
    2020
    Serbia
  • 17. BEETSOFT

    Faster and Better
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    BEETSOFT is an IT Consultancy, Outsourcing, Annotation and BPO company based in Vietnam and Japan. We cater to SMEs and MNC’s all around the globe by providing high-end services at a cost-competitive price. With 9 plus years of IT Consultancy and Outsourcing, BEETSOFT is play ... learn more about BEETSOFT

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    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    2014
    Vietnam, Japan
  • 18. Abhiwan Technology

    Providing Solution for Immersive Innovations
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    Abhiwan Technology is a leading provider of cutting-edge technologies and services, offering scalable solutions for businesses of all sizes. Founded in June 2018 by a group of friends who started by scribbling their ideas on a piece of paper, today we offer smart, innovative services to dozens of clients w ... learn more about Abhiwan Technology

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    < $25/hr
    2 - 9
    India
  • 19. TekRevol

    Empowering Businesses for Digital Transformation
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    A digital transformation company offering full-stack mobile app development solutions for startups and enterprise-level clients. TekRevol has been listed as one of the best mobile app development solutions providers on various industry review websites. Moreover, we are also listed in the list of 5000 fastest-growing ... learn more about TekRevol

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2018
    United States
  • 20. Brillmindz Technologies

    Ideas Sculpted to Innovation
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    BrillMindz Technologies is an expert and leading mobile app development company in India, USA, and UAE and also a top game development company that they hold efficient developers to build products and transform ideas into mobile applications in the digital space. At Brill Mindz Technologies holds 8 years of excellent ... learn more about Brillmindz Technologies

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2011
    India, United Arab Emirates
  • 21. SYNARION IT SOLUTIONS

    Inspired with your ideas
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    Synarion IT Solutions is one of the leaders in the mobile and software development industry with 5+ years of experience but has developers with an experience of 10+ years. Stand out from the ordinary with Synariont IT Solutions. It was established in AUG 2017 and since then focused on building unique products and solut ... learn more about SYNARION IT SOLUTIONS

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2017
    India
  • 22. Starloop Studios

    Gaming is in our DNA
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    Starloop Studios is a full-cycle game development studio located in Spain. Since inception in February 2011, Starloop Studios is providing premium quality game art and game development services to publishers and game developers. ​ In the year 2020, Starloop Studios made it to the list of finalists for “ ... learn more about Starloop Studios

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2011
    Spain
  • 23. Orion InfoSolutions

    Mobile & Web App Development Company
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    Orion Infosolutions is certified web & mobile applications development company, it has Work in USA, Canada, Australia and headquarter situated in India. We have a team of more than 50 highly skilled & experienced. Orion Infosolutions is an IT consulting and solution providing organization for next generation bu ... learn more about Orion InfoSolutions

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    India
  • 24. Buildbox Developers

    We expertise in developing hyper casual games
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    Happy and creative is how our work environment is often described by our team members and clients.We offer services like game development, designing, 3d animation, app store optimization, app integration And we like it just as much, so we let our guys & gals do what they enjoy the most, which is put together amazin ... learn more about Buildbox Developers

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    < $25/hr
    2 - 9
    2016
    India
  • 25. Retro Cube

    Mobile App Development Company
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    Retrocube brings a panel of exceptional app developers to you for developing the app you want. We strive hard to meet the unique needs of our valued customers and develop unique apps with best features. 

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2013
    United States
  • 26. Linea Digitech

    Automation at its Best
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    Linea Digitech is a growing App Development, Software Development and Digital Marketing Company having offices in India and Saudi Arabia. We have been continuously working to improve user experience over mobile application by using the technologies such as Big Data, Chat Bot, Artificial Intelligence etc. We also have e ... learn more about Linea Digitech

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2018
    India
  • 27. RV Technologies Softwares Pvt. Ltd.

    Top Mobile & Web Development Company
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    RV Technologies is an award-winning development partner working with a vision to build scalable web and mobile solutions for startups, scaleups, and well-established enterprises. In a time span of 12+ years, we have delivered more than 1,000 successful web and mobile app projects and helped both B2B and ... learn more about RV Technologies Softwares Pvt. Ltd.

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2007
    India
  • 28. Chaos Theory

    Where creativity meets technology
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    Chaos Theory is an award winning Sydney based game development studio dedicated to solving problems using emerging technologies. We create virtual reality, augmented reality, and mobile games and apps for marketing, entertainment, research, elearning, and training purposes. We have worked alongside some of Sydney ... learn more about Chaos Theory

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    $100 - $149/hr
    10 - 49
    2012
    Australia
  • 29. N-iX

    Software development company
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    N-iX is a European software development service company that helps businesses across the globe expand their engineering capabilities and develop successful software products. Founded in 2002, N-iX has come a long way and increased its presence in six countries spanning Europe and the US. Being in business for almo ... learn more about N-iX

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    $50 - $99/hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    2002
    Malta, Ukraine
  • 30. Juego Studio Private Limited

    Game and App Development Company
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    A leading technology venture and game development company. Juego Studios provides high-quality design and development solutions for games, apps, virtual reality, augmented reality, AI, machine learning, simulation, Big Data, IoT and more.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2011
    United States, India
  • 31. izzi.studio

    We turn customer dreams into superb IT products
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    For 3+ years, our experienced team of 30+ professionals provides cost-effective and in-time development services for EU, US, Canada, Middle East, Asia clients. Our completed projects include corporate portals, Web and Mobile Apps, CRMs, blockchain, cloud, custom solutions. For each of our projects we form a team of ... learn more about izzi.studio

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2016
    Ukraine
  • 32. Perpetio

    UI/UX design, Mobile app and Web development
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    Boost your business and grow audience with slick mobile app. Let our experts provide best value & build trust! We. The Team. A fit for your needs We are a mobile-oriented full-stack development European company with HQ in Tallinn, Estonia and R&D office in Lviv, Ukraine. Our main expertise is UI/ UX an ... learn more about Perpetio

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2014
    Ukraine, Estonia
  • 33. Capermint Technologies Pvt Ltd

    Canada's Top Award-Winning Game Development Agency
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    Capermint Technologies is #1 leading mobile game development and mobile app development company. We consider our valued clientele’s requirement as the top-most priority. Our head office is located in the rapidly expanding Canadian Quebec province's city Montreal. We have one more associate office based in Ind ... learn more about Capermint Technologies Pvt Ltd

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2014
    India, Canada
  • 34. Aalpha Information Systems India Pvt. Ltd.

    Quality Development Starting at 12USD Per Hour
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    Aalpha Information Systems is the global pioneer in providing IT consulting and bespoke software development & web development solutions. We provide custom development solutions across Software Development, Mobile Phone Application Development, Responsive Web Design, and Web App Development Services.

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    India, United States
  • BSD is an Interactive Innovation studio focused on building solutions that utilize immersive technologies to engage users. Our technology has been used for training, education, marketing, and more. We have experience working technology like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mobile games, mobile apps, a ... learn more about Bit Space Development Ltd.

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    NA
    10 - 49
    2015
    Canada
  • 36. Terasol Technologies

    We just don't build apps We build businesses!
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    Terasol technologies offers end to end IT development services to help businesses thrive in the competitive online market. We are headquartered in India and provide digital transformation services across 10+ countries with a global customer base of 200+ brands with 215+ successful and conversion-centric tech solutions. ... learn more about Terasol Technologies

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2014
    India, United States
  • 37. The NineHertz

    Mobile App and Web development company
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    The NineHertz is a mobile app and game development company established in 2008. Since its beginning, The NineHertz has been delivering the best-suited software solutions at a competitive cost across the world. We have a team of 300+ full-time professionals, including project managers, developers, designers  ... learn more about The NineHertz

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2008
    India, United States
  • 38. Cirkle Studio Pvt. Ltd.

    Transparency Collaboration Trust
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    spent significant time in business consulting and crafting custom top-notch web and mobile solutions over the globe. We have set up our benchmark in eCommerce, Web App, Mobile App, UI/UX Design, Premium Support, etc and have been positioned as one of the top web and mobile app development companies in India. Setup ... learn more about Cirkle Studio Pvt. Ltd.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2012
    India
  • 39. Algoworks

    Enterprise Mobile Apps Development Company in USA
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    Mobile: We provide end-to-end mobile design and development services globally. From award-winning B2C native applications to robust cross-platform enterprise-grade mobile solutions, Algoworks innovates applications with latest tech trends. Feel free to have a quick discussion with our architects to find ou ... learn more about Algoworks

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    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    2006
    India, United States
  • 40. INGIC

    Mobile App Strategy, Design, and Development
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    INGIC is a results-driven mobile app strategy, design, and development company, focused towards high conversion rate through custom development. The company comprises of the most talented, skilled and experienced professionals from the industry. We transform simple ideas into great products. Our aim ... learn more about INGIC

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2012
    United Arab Emirates, United States
  • 41. Technoloader Pvt Ltd

    Blockchain Development Company in India
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    Technoloader (P) LTD. is a blockchain development company that provides a wide array of services based on blockchains such as blockchain development, supply chain development, cryptocurrency exchange development, cryptocurrency MLM development, IDO Development, Smart Contract Development, Dapp development, crypto tradi ... learn more about Technoloader Pvt Ltd

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2017
    India
  • 42. App Ideas Infotech Pvt Ltd

    Website & Mobile App Development Company
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    App Ideas Infotech Pvt Ltd (www.theappideas.com) is an Award Winning Website & Mobile App Development Company committed to providing end-to-end IT services in. Our deep industry expertise and forward-looking strategy help us leverage paradigm technology shifts in enterprise solutions to reimagine the pote ... learn more about App Ideas Infotech Pvt Ltd

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    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    2015
    India, United Kingdom
  • 43. APPSTIRR

    Award Winning App Development Company
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    APPSTIRR is a leading mobile application development company with expertise in game development, software product development, enterprise-level solutions, custom web apps, artificial intelligence, blockchain, business intelligence, and big data. We also provide high-end web solutions to assist businesses in achievin ... learn more about APPSTIRR

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2010
    United States, United Arab Emirates
  • 44. Redwerk

    Software Development Agency
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    Redwerk is a software development agency recognized by Microsoft Partner Network as a tech leader showing consistent capability and commitment. Our high expertise is also acknowledged by leading tech listings like Clutch, GoodFirms, DesignRush, SoftwareWorld, and ITFirms. Since 2005, we've helped over 170 busine ... learn more about Redwerk

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    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2005
    Ukraine
  • 45. Zoptal Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

    Full Cycle Mobile and Web Development Solutions
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    Zoptal Solutions Pvt. Ltd. full-cycle mobile and web solutions the leading and emerging IT Software Development Company interested in offering design, development, branding, strategy consulting digital agency services to individual clients and small business owners. We have delivered over 100 solutions covering 4 verti ... learn more about Zoptal Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2016
    India

Buyer’s Guide

What Is Game Development?

Game Development, in simple words, is the art of developing and designing game applications. Game development is divided into different segments, where the game developers draft, design, and manufacture video games. These games can operate on various systems such as mobile devices, computers, game consoles, and on websites. Game development deals with conceiving visual content for the game and writing and compiling codes to implement specific features and functionality within the game. An efficient game development solution enables smooth interaction between the players and the content of the game, allowing them to manipulate the game’s elements flawlessly.

What Are the Stages of Game Development?

The following are the five fundamental stages of the game development cycle.

1. Developing Concept:

The idea of the game is the initiation of the game development process. The design could be entirely new or can be an inspiration from another game. Developing the layout for the game helps sketch out the essential features. It enables the decision-makers in identifying the right type of game, the target audience, critical characteristics to include in the gameplay, etc. This also helps you decide the platform for the game. At this stage, the gaming companies also estimate the budget and set the time frame to finish the project.

2. Game Design Documentation:

This is when the different departments such as developers, designers, project leads, engineers, etc. collaborate amongst each other to create the best game. While developing a game, the writers must lay out a narrative for the characters. The engineers discuss the availability and implementation of accurate technology. The game design companies work on the User Interface and User Experience, while the project managers coordinate all these aspects of the game.

3. Designing Architecture:

During this process, countless lines-of-source code to turn the concept into reality. Characters are rendered and emphasized to look precisely how they are planned for the story to work. Game design companies focus on crafting a gaming environment that is dynamic, immersive, and is playable across different devices and gadgets. Moreover, this stage plays a vital role in establishing milestones and sprint schedules, warranting each department accomplishes the assigned tasks efficiently. There are different game development software that can help build the structure of the game.

4. Testing:

Testing plays a vital role in verifying that the final product is above the expected standard. Testing services deal with bugs within the game and eliminate any glitches that could render the game useless. Playtesters spend countless hours to break the game, which will help the developers in rectifying the error. It is also imperative to identify that the game's in-built features are polished and that it is fun, interactive, and engaging for the audiences.

5. Launch and Promotion:

Once the architectural designs and the prototypes of the game are ready, the game development team proceed towards its final release. But along with concentrating on the launch, companies have to focus actively on marketing the product. This may involve scheduling gaming previews, offering exclusive trials, partnering with famous gamers for promotions, etc. After the launch, it is also imperative to provide support after the application is deployed to maintain the quality of service.

Which Are the Best Programming Languages For Game Development?

Out of the many available languages, the following are the most result-oriented programming languages for creating a game:

1. C++:

C++ is a high-level object-oriented programming language. C++ is fast, has robust compilers and optimizers, and offers extensive control over the system memory. Some of the most popular Windows games and big consoles have been coded using this language, for instance, PlayStation and Xbox. It further facilitates large libraries, allowing the conception of sophisticated graphics and designing structures. Games developed using C++ can be easily distributed across various gaming platforms.

2. C#:

C# follows the concept of C and is extremely easy to learn if you have a proper understanding of C++. It is smoothly integrated due to its XNA framework, making it the principal language for games designed for Windows or Xbox. Much its namesake, C++, C# can also develop games for different platforms such as PlayStation, iOS, Android, etc. The only restriction of this technology is that developers have to stay within the framework of C#, limiting the UX/UI of the game.

3. Java:

Java game development language is quite popular since it encourages multithreading, which limits the usage of memory and sockets that can efficiently help build multiplayer games.  The fact that Java operates on a virtual machine and the revolutionary concept of WORA, "write once run anywhere," makes the game easier to distribute. The game developers use various tools and technology presented by the Java library to build a robust, complex, and engaging game. Its popularity is also due to its open-source module and high cross-platform compatibility.

4. Web Languages:

There is a different set of languages required to get the desired result while creating games for web browsers. Some of the most common ones are:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • SQL
  • JavaScript

A web game requires SVG, WebGL, to create complex graphics and a highly functional content management system. HTML5 is a cost-effective option, whereas JavaScript is the easiest to learn.

5. Python:

It has developed as one of the most pre-eminent game development languages. It operates on OOP principles, similar to Java and C++, and is an extremely adaptable language that is used in a considerable number of applications. Python offers its separate framework, which allows game design companies to plan a layout and deliver prototypes quickly. For a large game, Python can run as an object-oriented language and a scripting language both.

What Are the Different Types of Game Development?

There are different varieties of game development services that can create the perfect gaming solution:

1. 2D Game Development:

As the name suggests, 2D game development means creating a linear (2 dimensional) game. The game does not focus on the landscape and generally moves forward from a start point to an endpoint. Games developed using 2D development services have accessible commands and controls, making them extremely developer and user-friendly. These games are hyper-casual and may or may not require a working internet connection to function. One of the most famous examples of a 2D game is Chrome's Dinosaur Game.

2. 3D Game Development:

3D gaming solutions help create a life-like gaming system that allows the players to immerse themselves in the game. 3D game development services focus on creating rich visual experiences and offer the player vast possibilities to explore within the game. These games are more challenging to develop than a 2D game as they require high-quality graphics and extensive gaming control. 3D games are more intricate and need extensive coding and designing.

3. Android Game Development:

Android game development projects create gaming solutions for Android devices. With the rising popularity and availability of Android OS, mobile game development companies can help their clients acquire more users by building Android games. Android is a developer-friendly platform and offers the freedom to curate interactive features and elements. Additionally, Android Software Development Kits provide pre-defined functions, making it easier to update and modify the characteristics as required.

4. AR Game Development:

Augmented Reality solutions create immersive experiences within the games. It allows the players to dive into the gaming world by bringing it digitally in front of themselves. It implements computer-generated objects into reality, thus delivering an engaging and thrilling experience. It requires extensive planning and programming, making it tricky to develop, however, the top AR game service providers are capable of turning the idea of an AR game into reality with their comprehensive experience and field expertise.

5. Cross Platform Game:

While planning to develop a game, the main goal of the business is to build a game with the highest engagement within the target market. To avoid choosing a less successful gaming industry, companies should create a game that can function across multiple platforms. Cross platform game development solutions are the ideal options for such scenarios. Cross platform games are developed using universal code language, enabling the game's launch across different platforms like Steam, iOS, Android, etc. Moreover, it is time-efficient, as developers do not need to spend time coding for individual platforms.

6. Facebook Game Development:

Creating a native Facebook game enables businesses to attract more people who are active on Facebook for the whole day. Facebook encourages players to invite others to play, thereby boosting the popularity of the program. Additionally, when people play the game on Facebook, the activity gets displayed in the ticker, attracting additional visitors to the game. Facebook offers multiplayer games, a single-player game, or a game against bots.

7. Unity 3D Game Development:

Unity 3D offers a comprehensive platform to develop stunning 3D games without hampering the quality of the audio and video employed in the game. It provides support for over 25 platforms, making it one of the best game development solutions to create games interoperable across different platforms. Moreover, Unity game development solutions allow easy debugging and modification of game elements as the variables are visible during the gameplay.

What Are the Different Game Development Engines?

A game engine is an architecture used by developers to operate the game. Some of the most pre-eminent game engines are:

1. Cocos 2d-x:

Cocos 2d-x, designed by Facebook, is an absolutely free and open game engine. It is a package of numerous 2D game development tools, allowing game developers to create games of size as small as 1.5 MB. It includes detailed documentation as well as a large support community to resolve any possible errors. It supports various platforms such as iOS, Android, Linux, etc.

2. CryEngine:

CryEngine is also a 'free to use' game engine that offers complete source code and engine features without paying any license charges, royalties, etc. It is most beneficial while creating a life-like environment and characters within the game. Moreover, CryEngine is also ideal for the creation of VR games. Some of the most popular platforms supported by this engine are Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Oculus Rift.

3. Unreal:

Unreal, developed by Epic Games, is widely used in creating countless games such as Gears of War series, the Batman: Arkham series Bioshock series, etc. Unreal offers the opportunity to modify the game entirely, making it uniquely different from others using the same engine. It is free to use for smaller projects, whereas, for larger projects, the developer must pay a royalty after crossing a fixed profit margin.

What Are the Factors Affecting Game Development Cost?

There are several factors that help estimate the cumulative cost of game development, such as:

1. Platform:

The game development platform significantly impacts the general game development costs. The most common gaming platforms are mobile, web application, consoles, and AR/VR gadgets. The cost of mobile game development varies depending on the platform. For instance, the framework for iOS platforms costs approximately 15 to 20% more than for Android. Games designed for web and mobile platforms require less investment than consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox, etc. However, the game's most expensive type is the one developed on VR devices such as Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, or GearVR.

2. Design Aspect:

The designing quality of the game plays a vital role in the game development cost breakdown. The complexity of the levels, gameplay, plot & characters, target users, game environment, etc. determine the estimated cost of development. To create a well-structured game, the game development service providers must know how to develop a great design, complicated control panels, and eliminate any glitches and inconsistencies that may lead to complications in the future. Designing a simple 2D game is much less expensive than creating a multi-level and multi-player 3D game.

3. Location:

The location of game development companies is another important factor in determining the final cost of the product. A company located in a developed country is bound to charge comparatively more than a game development company based in a developing country, without compromising the quality. This discrepancy is due to the difference in the salary slab between these countries.

How Much Does Game Development Cost?

The average cost of game development is as follows: 

1. Mini-Games: These are basic functionality games, including more straightforward visual experiences and interactivity. Mini-games generally do not have additional levels, characters, etc. The cost of developing such a game ranges between $3k to $25k, in accordance with the simplicity of the application.
2. Small/Medium Game: Small and medium games have more complexities within the gameplay, which can range from high-quality visuals, intricate level play, extensive designs, etc. Small and medium games can cost somewhere between $25k to $150k, based on their characteristics.
3. Large Games: Games that are life-like, extremely complicated, has multiple levels, characters, meticulous plotlines, and requires a vast amount of storage space are termed as large games. The cost of developing these games can be as minimum as $150k and can go way beyond $300k depending on the technologies employed.

How to Shortlist The Top Game Development Companies?

It is vital to thoroughly assess the top game development companies to team up with the ideal partner. To simplify the process of shortlisting game development service providers, scrutinize each participant on the following benchmarks:

1. Expertise:

Most companies have a distinct idea of what kind of game they wish to create. All they require is the best-suited game development company to guide them through the process and deliver exceptional gaming technology. However, to understand which agency is the right fit, clients must assess their previous projects. This will allow an insight into the company's abilities and expertise. Hence, hire the best game developers with specific skill sets and proficiency in using appropriate game development tools and technologies required to build your product.

2. Pricing Model:

Different game development companies offer distinct pricing models. The charges can be per working hour or based on the size and requirements of the project. Whether you opt for a floating price option or a fixed module, it is advisable to sign a Service-Level Agreement (SLA) in order to receive what you have been promised. Moreover, you may request the service provider to maintain a time/material model to analyze the number of hours allocated on specific tasks.

3. Testing:

Testing deals with system lag, coding issues, bugs, malfunctions, and other such issues. It is imperative to employ an efficient testing solution for the game to render a rich gaming experience. Some of the game development service providers include the cost of testing services within the quotation for building the game. Whereas, others may charge separately to ensure the game doesn't have any glitches. This can cause discrepancies in the overall budget. Therefore, before finalizing the deal, analyze whether the game development company offers testing services or not and if yes, then are there any surcharges.

4. Reviews:

In addition to their field expertise, clients must also examine the reviews offered to the game development company by their prior clients. This proffers an overall perception of the agency's operations and service quality. Request the game development companies for references from current and former clients. It is also advisable to explore independent third-party review and rating platforms, such as GoodFirms, to obtain unbiased and genuine customer feedback.

5. Team:

There are several divisions that demand attention from different departments, such as coding, designing, plot and environment development, etc. Ensure that appropriate specialists handle specific tasks to boost the quality of your project. When partnering up with mobile game development companies, it is also essential to judge the company's concepts, values, and other crucial aspects. Assess the LinkedIn profiles of game developers, executives, project managers, etc. to gauge their talent, expertise, and past projects. It is vital to scrutinize the vision and values of the service provider company.

GoodFirms Research Process:

GoodFirms reviewed console and mobile game development companies based on three fundamental evaluation standards, namely, Quality, Reliability, and Ability, which assists service seekers in envisioning and engaging with the right partner for their product. Our research specialists at GoodFirms have scrutinized the service partners' expertise and curated the list, as mentioned above, for the top game development companies. The list is composed only after the meticulous analysis of each participating company on their portfolio, market discernment, expertise, and experience within the field. These game developers are further assessed based on the feedback offered by their former clients.

GoodFirms encourages upcoming as well as established gaming firms to build our catalog. Game development companies can acquire a spot in our Research section by presenting credentials for their achievements.

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