Welcome to the fourth annual PocketGamer.biz Top 50 Developer listing, brought to you by CocoaChina and App Annie.
If nothing else, the 2013 instalment shows that our $10 billion industry shows no signs of settling down. While the market is not for the feint of heart, the exciting thing is that the sector continues to innovate and progress. There are 19 new entries this year, compared to 23 in 2012, but four new developers have hit the top 10.
The last year has seen business models shift substantially. There's been the rise of free-to-play franchises worth $100 million or more in the shape of Supercell's Clash of Clans, and Gungho Online's Puzzle & Dragons in Japan. Other changes include the arrival of companies that previously focused on web and Facebook gaming - like Kabam, King.com and Wooga.
With app stores and service providers like GREE and DeNA getting in on the action, the industry has seen further global integration. The US is best represented with 17 entries, followed by Europe at 15 and Japan with seven. Four are UK developers, four in Korea, with three each from Russia and China.
See 2012's PG.Biz top 50 developers list here