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Best Game Engines 2017

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AMD RADEON R9 FURY X

The R9 Fury X uses a brand-new GPU dubbed Fiji, but it’s based on the Graphics Core Next architecture that’s been inside AMD chips since 2011. The numbers have grown in virtually every department, but the structure remains the same: a single Graphics Command Processor delegates tasks to four shader engines, each of which is crammed with 16 compute units.

Every one of those compute units has 64 stream processors, which means each shader engine has 1,024 stream processors; the entire GPU boasts 4,096 of these crucial components.

That’s a big difference from AMD’s previous flagship – and the Fury’s current competition. The R9 290X and Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti both make do with 2,816 stream processors, and the AMD card used only 11 compute units in each Shader Engine, rather than 16.

NCsoft

NCsoft, stylized as NCSOFT, is a South Korea-based online, video and mobile game development company that has produced Lineage, City of Heroes, WildStar, Guild Wars, Aion, Blade & Soul, and Master X Master.

NCsoft was founded in March 1997 by T.J. Kim. In September 1998, NCsoft launched its first game Lineage. In April 2001 the company created a US subsidiary under the name NC Interactive (based in Austin, Texas, and would later become NCsoft West) after acquiring Destination Games, headed by Richard Garriott and Robert Garriott. In 2004, NCsoft launched two MMORPGs, Lineage II and City of Heroes.

The company formed NCsoft Europe in July 2004 as a wholly owned subsidiary with its main office in Brighton, England. They brought City of Heroes to several European countries on February 4, 2005, and established Lineage II service for Europe as well.

On April 26, 2005, the company launched Guild Wars, a MMORPG with no subscription model. Expansions followed: Guild Wars Factions, Guild Wars Nightfall and Guild Wars Eye of the North. On April 24, 2009, NCsoft announced that Guild Wars had sold more than six million units. On August 28, 2012, NCSOFT launched Guild Wars 2.

On September 10, 2008, NCsoft announced the formation of NCsoft West, a subsidiary which manages NCsoft’s other western organizations, and established its headquarters for that subsidiary in Seattle, Washington.

On July 8, 2011, NCsoft started talks with SK Telecom to acquire Ntreev Soft Co., LtdThe talks were expected to last less than a month, but it took seven for NCsoft to complete the acquisition; purchasing 76% of Ntreev’s stock for ₩108 billion (US$96.7 million) on February 15, 2012.

In 2011, NCsoft purchased Hotdog Studio, a mobile game studio based in Seoul that produces phone and smartphone titles such as Dark Shrine

Riot Games

Riot Games is an American video game developer, publisher, and eSports tournament organizer established in 2006. Their main office is based in West Los Angeles, California. They currently have additional offices located in Berlin, Brighton, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, St. Louis, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo.

Riot Games was founded as an indie game developer in 2006 by Brandon “Ryze” Beck and Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill in Los Angeles.The company announced its only game, League of Legends: Clash of Fates, in October 2008, and released the game in October 2009 as simply League of Legends. Their game uses a free-to-play model, supported by microtransactions rather than ads or boxed copy sales.

In 2008, Riot Games obtained initial funding of US$7 million provided by venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and FirstMark Capital. In a second round of funding in 2009, the company raised $8 million from Benchmark, FirstMark, and Chinese technology company Tencent Holdings. In early 2011, Tencent Holdings bought out a majority stake in Riot Games.[11][12] Tencent later reported the deal was for $231,465,000 in an interim report.[13]

Employees at the company include veterans of Defense of the Ancients, such as the former lead developer Steve “Guinsoo” Feak, and the former official DotA-Allstars.com website founder Steve “Pendragon” Mescon. Riot Games also employs some former Blizzard Entertainment employees. On July 12, 2013, Business Insider named Riot Games #4 on its list of the top 25 technology companies to work for in 2013

Valve Corporation

Valve Corporation (commonly referred to as Valve) is an American video game developer and digital distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. The company is known for the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, and Left 4 Dead series, Dota 2, and its software distribution platform Steam.

After the success of Half-Life, the team worked on mods, spin-offs, and sequels, including Half-Life 2. All current Valve games are built on its Source engine. The company has developed six game series: Half-Life, Team Fortress, Portal, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead and Day of Defeat. Valve is noted for its support of its games’ modding community, most prominently, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and Day of Defeat. Valve has branched out with this tradition to continue developing Dota 2 as the standalone sequel to the Warcraft III mod.Each of these games began as a third-party mod that Valve purchased and developed into a full game. They also distribute community mods on Steam.Valve announced the Source 2 engine in March 2015, later porting the entirety of Dota 2 to the engine in September of that year

Cancelled games

Incomplete games include a fairy-themed role-playing gameProspero and Stars of Blood.

Valve worked with Arkane Studios on The Crossing, which was canceled in May 2009. Arkane later tried to produce Return to Ravenholm (a.k.a. Half-Life 2: Episode Four) without consensus by Valve, which was then also canceled

EA Sports

EA Sports (stylized as EA SPORTS) is a brand of Electronic Arts that creates and develops sports video games. Formerly a marketing gimmick of Electronic Arts, in which they tried to imitate real-life sports networks by calling themselves the “EA Sports Network” (EASN) with pictures or endorsements with real commentators such as John Madden, it soon grew up to become a sub-label on its own, releasing game series such as NBA Live, FIFA, NHL, Madden NFL, and NASCAR. The best selling EA Sports series is the FIFA series with over 100 million units sold

Most EA Sports games are distinguished by year, as most games are released on a yearly basis. Nevertheless, as EA Sports is the leading purchaser of official licenses, it is not uncommon that in a short span several games of the same sport but with different licenses are released: FIFA 98 was shortly followed by World Cup 98 (as EA has the license for the FIFA World Cup and the European Football Championship, each happening regularly in four-year intervals), and college football and basketball games are released that are based on Madden NFL and NBA Live, respectively.

2K Games

2K Games, Inc. (shortened as 2K) is an American video game publisher. Notable titles include Borderlands, Civilization, The Darkness, BioShock, NBA 2K and WWE 2K.[1] 2K Games is a publishing subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. It was created on January 25, 2005 after Take-Two acquired developer Visual Concepts and its wholly owned subsidiary Kush Games from Sega for US$24 million.[2] The name “2K Games” comes from Visual Concepts’ sports game lineup, typically referred to as the 2K series.

2K Games is a publishing division of Take-Two Interactive. It was created on January 25, 2005 after Take-Two acquired developerVisual Concepts and its wholly owned subsidiary Kush Games from Sega for US$24 million.[2] The name “2K Games” comes from Visual Concepts’ sports game lineup—typically referred to as the 2K series—which were originally published exclusively for the Dreamcast console. 2K Games was founded in Novato, California. The label publishes a wide variety of console and PC titles developed both internally and externally.