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2010 Awards: Favorite MMO Company

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The month of December has come and gone, taking 2010 with it. Some say good riddance, some look back fondly, but no matter how you slice it, that puppy’s behind us and we’re all moving forward to 2011. For the team here at MMORPG.com, we’ve just got one tiny loose thread to tie up before we officially start the new year: We have to announce the winners of the 2010 MMORPG.com Reader’s Choice Awards!

This year, our categories were: Game of the Year, New Game of the Year, Most Innovative, Most Improved, Best F2P, Favorite Company, Biggest News Story, Most Anticipated, and the newest, and most dubious, addition to our prizes, Biggest Disappointment.

The rules were simple: For readers, look at the nominees and vote. One vote per person. We frown on cheating.

Favorite MMO Company

Ask any MMO gamer, and they’re probably going to go on at length about his or her favorite game. That’s a no-brainer, but I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that most of ‘em will also be able to tell you about their favorite MMo company. Whether it’s great games or great customer service, the name behind the game can be just as important as its features for MMO gamers.

This year, we nominated 11 different companies and the voting turned out like this:

Perfect World Entertainment   0.7%
Nexon International   0.7%
Funcom   2.6%
En Masse Entertainment   4.5%
KingsIsle   5.6%
Activision/Blizzard   9.0%
Bioware  11.5%
CCP 12.0%
Trion Worlds 13.7%
Turbine 15.3%
ArenaNet 24.4%

The award for this year’s favorite MMO company goes to the folks at ArenaNet. It would be easy to shrug this victory off and claim that it’s because they have the most anticipated title under their belts as well, but that would be too simplistic.

Let’s not forget that ArenaNet also developed the original Guild Wars, a feat that has earned them the love of many MMO gamers. Then there’s the fact that many MMO players have responded well to the way that the team has rolled out its information as it moves closer and closer to Beta and eventual launch, pushing large amounts of information out the door in short bursts seems to have worked well in propelling the company above its peers in this category. Congratulations to ArenaNet!


Jon Wood