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Klout names the top 10 most influential games companies at GDC 2012

Klout, a company that measures influence online, has revealed the top ten most influential games companies present at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC).

PlayStation dominates the list, beating Electronic Arts by two points, with Xbox tagging close behind. In fourth place is the social network game development company, Zynga, which has brought some of the most widely used applications to Facebook, including FarmVille.

Rockstar Games—the developer/publisher responsible for blockbuster titles like Grand Theft Auto, L.A. Noire, and Red Dead Redemption—places fifth with Capcom USA ranked only one point below it. Capcom is the colossal company behind Resident Evil and Street Fighter, among other games. SEGA (Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star) is tied with Capcom in points but sits at seventh on the list.

Nintendo of America and Ubisoft both scored 64 points and maintain the eighth and ninth positions, respectively. Finally, Epic Games, known for their Unreal Engine technology and successful Gears of Wars series, bottoms out the list at tenth.

Klout measures influence based on a company's "ability to drive action in social networks." Their website describes the Klout Score as something that constantly evolves as companies build their influence over time. As the scores becomes higher, it becomes exponentially more difficult to increase it further. The average Klout Score is 20.

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Stephanie Carmichael Twitter: @wita
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