Over the past five days, we've counted down the companies we consider to be the best in the mobile gaming industry.
Of course, all such lists are - to a degree - subjective.
If we only had the information, we could generate a top 50 in terms of total downloads, daily or mobile active users, or sales and profitability. Yet the comparative ease of such information - even if it were ever available - would make such a list lifeless and generic.
The strength of PocketGamer.biz's annual top 50 is the combination of hard and soft information, albeit it from a geographically and culturally North Atlantic view point.
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In this context, the following list of 10 mobile developers to watch isn't so tightly compiled.
My thinking is that as the industry matures, the top 50 list will become less dynamic - there will be less opportunity to release a surprise hit, to come from nowhere and generate $10 million in sales, do an Angry Birds or a Tiny Wings.
And that's where our 10 To Watch list comes into play.
It's a personal view of companies I've closely followed in the mobile gaming space - ones I think have the potential to make it big this year.
It's not meant to be exhaustive and it's not a comparative rank - merely alphabetic.
Also, there are plenty more companies who could fit into this definition. To that extent, this is a subset, while the point of the top 50 is that it's the set.
Similarly, 10 To Watch is a list that's going to change year-on-year. My hope is some in this year's list will make it onto the definitive top 50 in 2013.
I guess we'll see...
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