12. Acclaim Entertainment (1987-2004)
Notable Games: Turok, Buronout, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX
Much like Midway, Acclaim was once one of the biggest publishers in the business. Sure, it released a lot of crap over the years, but Acclaim was arguably one of the most important mid-tier publishers in the business during the 1990s and early 2000s, putting out such classic franchises as Turok, Burnout, and a variety of sports titles. However, things began to quickly unravel in the 2000s, with poor sales leading Acclaim to file for bankruptcy in 2004.
https://www.videogamer.com/news/turok-1-and-2-are-coming-to-the-xbox-one-next-month Source: VideoGamer.com
11. Zipper Interactive (1995-2012)
Notable Games: SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs, Crimsons Skies, MAG
The Redmond, Washington-based studio Zipper Interactive was founded in 1995 and started out developing games for Microsoft Games Studios, including the original Crimsons Skies in 2000. However, it would be with Sony that Zipper hit serious pay dirt, as they were the team behind the massively successful SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs franchise. The SOCOM games almost single-handedly sold the PlayStation 2 network adapter and were an important component of Sony’s online gaming initiative for the console.
Unfortunately, the studio failed to regain its footing once development moved to the PlayStation 3, as Zipper’s hugely ambitious game MAG — which featured a record-setting 256 player online matches — failed to have staying power. Zipper’s follow-up, SOCOM 4, had the misfortune of being released around the same time as the infamous PlayStation Network outage in 2011, which severely limited the game’s impact. Zipper’s last game was the disappointing third-person shooter Unit 13 for the PlayStation Vita, as Sony shut the studio down just a few weeks after the game’s North American release in 2012.