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Microsoft And Sony Top Metacritic’s 12th Annual Game Publisher Rankings, Nintendo Places 14th

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Metacritic has released its annual publisher rankings for 2021 to find out how all the major gaming companies performed on average, based on critic reviews.

Nintendo has placed 14th on a list of 43 publishers. Its average review score was 76.0. At the top was Microsoft with an average score of 87.4, followed by Sony in second place with an average score of 81.3. Some other companies to make the top 10 included Activision Blizzard in 4th, Bethesda in 5th, Sega in 8th place and Electronic Arts in 9th place.

Here’s how it all works, according to Metacritic. A breakdown of how the scoring and points system works can be found on its website.

“Which game publishers released the best games in 2021? For the 12th straight year, we sifted through 12 months of data to determine the best and worst game publishers of the year, based solely on the quality of their 2021 releases. Sales and user reviews do not factor into these rankings; only critic reviews (as captured by each game’s Metascore) are used to evaluate performance.”

And here’s the full list of rankings, you can see a more detailed version of this over on Metacritic.

Ranking Publisher
1 Microsoft
2 Sony
3 Humble Games
4 Activision Blizzard
5 Bethesda Softworks
6 Capcom
7 Bandai Namco
8 Sega
9 Electronic Arts
10 505 Games
11 Devolver Digital
12 Square Enix
13 DANGEN Entertainment
14 Nintendo
15 Koei Tecmo Games
16 Plug In Digital
17 Focus Entertainment
18 Annapurna Interactive
19 Ubisoft
20 Raw Fury
21 Saber Interactive
22 Maximum Games
23 NIS America
24 Ratalaika Games
25 Xseed/Marvelous
26 Team17
27 Take-Two Interactive
28 Koch Media
29 Sold Out
31 Microids
32 PQube
33 EastAsiaSoft
34 Idea Factory
35 Playism
36 All in! Games
37 Thunderful
38 ININ Games
39 Nacon
40 THQ Nordic
41 PM Studios
42 Curve Games
43 Merge Games

What do you think of last year’s publisher rankings according to Metacritic? Leave a comment down below.

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