Top 10 Game Publishers of All Time - #9 Virgin Interactive

Coming in at #9 for top publisher is Virgin Interactive.

Unlike 2K Games in the #10 spot, Virgin Interactive is a fairly old publisher, forming as early as 1981. It wasn’t until 1992 that I bought my first Virgin Interactive game, which was a classic of the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genre, Dune II by Westwood Studios.

The biggest franchises published by Virgin Interactive would have to be the Command & Conquer (C&C) series and the Broken Sword adventure game series. While Virgin Interactive was publisher for the C&C series, I bought the original C&C (1995), Red Alert (1996) and Tiberian Sun (1999). I also bought another Westwood Studios game which was basically an updated Dune II, known as Dune 2000 (1998). That’s a lot of classic RTSs right there! From the Broken Sword series, I’ve only really played the second game, Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror (1997) although I am playing through the first one at the moment! Another legendary Revolution Software game, one that is set in a cyberpunk Australia, is Beneath a Steel Sky (1994), which incidentally is now freeware.

Other games that I’ve bought from Virgin Interactive include KGB (1992), a cold war spy adventure game; IndyCar Racing (1993), a racing simulator and The 7th Guest (1993), a classic puzzle game which was one of the first games to be released on CD-ROM.

While Virgin Interactive did publish some very popular games they are sadly now defunct.