Research agency Millward Brown has released its annual list of the Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands (PDF).
The top five overall in the BrandZ Top 100 are probably not too surprising; Google tops the list, followed by IBM, Apple, Microsoft and Coca-Cola. Nintendo checks in at number 32 and Intel is at number 48, while Sony is number 94.
The report also broke out a section specifically for videogames. It was noted that the category was down 3.0 percent in year-over-year results, a shift blamed on the economic downturn. In a bid to spur fan-boy debates perhaps, specific game machines were also ranked by brand value, with the Wii taking the top spot, followed by the Nintendo DS, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2.
Over the next 12-18 months Millward Brown sees an increasing shift in the game industry to online distribution and cloud technology enabling “highly complex” games. Additionally, “The growing popularity of micro-transactional social games will draw major game makers into a segment mostly occupied by independents.”