Welcome to PocketGamer.biz Top 50 Developer list. It's the fifth year of our annual ranking and one that demonstrates the industry continues to grow quicker than anyone imagined. For example, over the past 12 months, we've seen two games - Puzzle & Dragons and Candy Crush Saga - each generate more than $1 billion in terms of mobile sales. The industry isn't just growing, however, it's also evolving; something that can be clearly seen in the significant structural changes that are happening in markets such as Korea, Japan, and China.
So, bigger, more lucrative, more global, more competitive, and more complex are the phrases that describe the current mobile gaming ecosystem. These are the reasons we welcome 13 new companies - three from Korea and Europe, two from the US, China and Japan, and one from Russia - into 2014's list.
This underlines the global nature of the industry, while the fact that three of those companies head straight into the top 10 remind us that today's newcomers can quickly become tomorrow's leaders.
Yet, let's not forget the six companies who have been sequentially listed for each of the past five years: Backflip Studios, DeNA, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Gamevil, and Glu Mobile may have had various ups and downs over the years, but they also demonstrate that while form is temporary, class remains permanent.
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