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UKIE and GfK, whom you know from their reports on UK's boxed video game sales, have shared a list of 40 most successful UK game developers according to their records, which date back to 1995. It's a nice peek into the past as well.

Of course, we live in the age of digital, and many developers have gone exclusively so in the past years, whether it's by choice or by the nature of a game.

So, developers like Jagex, for instance, are not featured, despite RuneScape being quite successful.

Much like their weekly charts though, the list is not a definitive ranking of UK developers, but more like a snapshot at one point in time, which also happens to indicate that the golden age of physical sales is long gone.

Yes, if you look closely at the studios' top ranking results, you'll notice that not many have managed to top their old records, except for Rockstar North, whose GTA V has been defying the odds for a while now.

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The list of best selling UK developers has the name of the studio, followed by their most successful game, and don't be alarmed if you find some that aren't around anymore - such is the nature of the business, it seems.

1. Rockstar North GTA V (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One)
2. Traveller's Tales LEGO Batman (PS2, PS3, 360, Wii, DS, PSP, PC)
3. Codemasters, Colin McRae Rally (PS1, PC)
4. Sony Studios (PlayStation London), The Getaway (PS2)
5. Sports Interactive, Football Manager 2007 (PC, 360, PSP)
6. Core Design, Tomb Raider 2 (PS1, PC)
7. Eurocom Entertainment, James Bond 007: Nightfire (PS2, Xbox,
8. Criterion Games, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PS2, Xbox, GameCube)
9. Rare, GoldenEye (N64) and Kinect Sports (360)
10. Team17, Worms
11. Ubisoft, Reflections Driver (PS1, PC)
12. 4J Studios, Minecraft (Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox versions)
13. Creative Assembly, Total War (PC)
14. Sumo Digital, Sega Superstars Tennis (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS)
15. EA Bright Light, Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire (PS2, Xbox, GameCube)
16. Rebellion, The Simpsons Game (PS2, Wii, PSP)
17. Bullfrog, Theme Hospital (PS1, PC)
18. Bizarre, Creations Project Gotham Racing 4 (360)
19. Climax, Theme Park World (PS1)
20. Rocksteady, Batman Arkham City (PS3, 360, PC)
21: Hothouse Creations, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire (PS1, PC, Dreamcast, GBA)
22: Lionhead, Studios Fable II (360)
23: Argonaut, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stones (PS1)
24. Evolution, Studios DriveClub (PS4)
25. Blitz Games, Bad Boys II
26. Playground Games, Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)
27. Frontier Developments, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (PC)
28. Exient, Need for Speed: Undercover (PS2, Wii)
29. Pivotal Games, Conflict: Desert Storm (PS2, Xbox, GameCube)
30. Relentless Software, Buzz! The Music Quiz (PS2)
31. Gremlin Interactive, Premier Manager 98 (PS1, PC)
32. Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
33. Kuju Entertainment, Microsoft Train Simulator (PC)
34. Asylum Entertainment, Peppa Pig: The Game (DS, Wii)
35. Dark Energy Digital, World Championship Snooker (PS1)
36. Slightly Mad Studios, Need for Speed: Shift (PS3, 360, PC)
37. Free Radical Design, TimeSplitters 2 (PS2, Xbox, GameCube)
38. Probe, Die Hard Trilogy
39. Rage Software, David Beckham Soccer (PS1, PS2, Xbox, GBA)
40. Psygnosis, Lemmings

You can find the complete list, along with honourable mentions at GamesIndustry.biz.