There is an old saying, “Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don’t”. Many people will complain about EA and their yearly Madden installments, or about Ubisoft and their imagine gamez, or about Activision’s Bobby Kotick being, well, himself. Although we do have our beef(s) with all the big name publishers out there, they’re our big name publishers, and they’re better than what might be coming.

According to a report by Screen Digest, the big name players in the games industry are set to change in the next few years. GamesIndustry.biz has summed up the article, noting that Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, News Corp and NBC Universal are moving in on the games industry. They’ve spent over $3 billion in gaming over the past 5 years, and by 2013 they will have a significant portion of the market in their control.

Here’s a list of what each of these companies own right now:

  • Viacom
    • MTV New Media (Rock Band, Harmonix)
    • GameTrailers
    • Neopets
    • Any licensed game to come from: Comedy Central, any Nickelodeon Network or any Paramount Pictures film
  • Disney
    • Marvel
    • Pixar
    • ESPN
    • Studios: Avalanche Software, Black Rock Studios (PURE, Split/Second), Fall Line Studios, Junction Point Studios (Epic Mickey), Propaganda Games
  • Time Warner
    • GameTap
    • Studios: Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R., F.E.A.R. 2), Snowblind studios, Surreal Software, TT Games (Lego Rock Band, Lego Indiana Jones 2), WB Games, WB Games Chicago (Formerly known as Midway)
    • Any licensed game to come from: Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Adult Swim, or Cartoon Network
  • News Corp
    • IGN
    • GameSpy