Welcome to the third year of PocketGamer.biz's 50 best developers, brought to you in association with Flurry.
Condensed down from a master list of over 250 candidates, generated from our dealings with the industry, and input from trusted contacts and the wider community, it's been an epic task to compile.
The reason is the massive success that's being experienced throughout the industry. At one end, start ups are bursting onto the scene, gaining millions of downloads with new, innovative experiences.
At the other, the big publishers are generating hundreds of millions of dollars and still seeing double digit growth, not to mention the phenomenon of games such as Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, which transcend the games sector.
Such vibrancy is reflected with 23 new entries in this year's list; an incredible number and one that includes three-man teams and some of the best known names from console development.
Yet, at the sharp end, there are only two companies in the top 10 who didn't feature in the top 10 in 2011, demonstrating the first mover advantage that's proving to be so important in terms of building a longterm business.
See 2011's PG.Biz top 50 developers list here