I was watching IGN's Game Scoop this morning and they talked about Metacritics, 2016 end of year publisher rewards which look like this:
Major Publishers 12+ games
Number 1 Electronic Arts
2 Square Enix
3 Nintendo, The Big N released the most games with 30
5 XSEED Games (Marvelous USA)
7 Activision Blizzard, Blizzard on their own have average of 85 but would drop down into minor which they will be the highest off
8 Bandai Namco Entertainment
9 Telltale Games, I think this one is a little bit of a cheat as their best game was Batman: The Telltale Series - EP 2: Children of Arkham
Minor Publishers with less then 12 games the Top 5 look like this:
Number 1 Paradox Interactive
3. Microsoft Game Studios
4. Take-Two Interactive
5. Warner Bros. Interactive
23rd Digerati Distribution
Now I want to have a rant from what was brought up about this on IGN's Game Scoop, when they got to XSEED they had a chuckle but when the host went through the Top 5 Minor Publishers and they got to Microsoft, they sniggered at the thought of XSEED could be considered a bigger publisher then the likes of Microsoft, Warner, SEGA with them basically them saying without saying it because MS is this huge company and XSEED is this little weird publisher they should be switched.
The host did bring up they brought out more games then Microsoft and of a decent standard. Then what made me laugh more then anything and bugged me more then them applying a big publisher should be considered by their name is?! That MS published AAA games which cost more money to make then the weird games XSEED who published, which is true but cost of a game to make isn't reflected in a review score.
Should MS be the number one publisher in 2017 then, because they only have 5 games but all cost 100m+ to make but someone like XSEED has 20 games but all only cost 10m+ to make, so because those cost more their better.
I was thinking they could scrap the whole amount of games thing but then for instance Team 17 may only publish Yooka-Laylee in 2017 which lets gets 8's and EA brings out 20 games with an average of 7, I'm not sure that makes Team 17 a better publisher.