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10 Richest Video Game Developing Companies

Game Developing Companies

By MA KhalidPublished about a year ago 4 min read
10 Richest Video Game Developing Companies

The evolution of video games has been extraordinary, progressing from the simplistic 2D and text adventure games of yesteryear to the highly advanced and immersive games of today. With the advent of color and the expansion of game mechanics, modern games utilize graphics and sound technologies that enable gamers to experience simulated reality, leading to complete engagement. Gaming has emerged as a lucrative industry, encompassing both players and developers, with game development companies comprising teams of creative and astute individuals. In this regard, it is worth examining the world's ten wealthiest video game development companies.

10 Richest Video Game Developing Companies

10. Square Enix

Square Enix is best known for game franchises such as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Dragon Quest. As of June 2014, the Final Fantasy series had sold over 110 million copies, making it their best seller. Kingdom Heart, a role-playing game created in collaboration with Disney, sold 20 million copies as of March 2014. After purchasing Eidos in 2009, it now owns the massively popular Tomb Raider franchise and is valued at $1.26 billion.

9. Ubisoft

Ubisoft is the third largest independent game company, behind Activision and EA. This French company, founded by the Guillemot brothers in 1986, started out as a game distributor for EA, Micropose and Sierra On-Line, and started developing games by 1990s, beginning with Everquest, and now has titles like Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Prince of Persia under its belt. It has some of the best first person shooters, and has reached a value of $1.84 billion.

8. Konami

Conglomerate of many products and services, such as arcade games, slot machines, trading cards and even health club management, Konami is also a developer of video games, and it is what the company excels in. It is the force behind the horror brands of Silent Hill and Castlevania, and is the creator of the action series Metal Gear and the music arcade series Dance Dance Revolution. Silent Hill was adapted to the silver screen in 2005, starring Naomi Watts. Konami is valued at $3.24 billion.

7. Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts, or EA, is a well-known brand among gamers who enjoy sports-themed video games such as Madden NFL and other franchises. Other popular games created by Tt include Need for Speed, Medal of Honor, The Sims, and Command and Conquer. It transitioned from a PC game developer to a console brand, producing hits such as Mass Effect for Xbox and Playstation. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is being developed by LucasArts and EA. It is worth $4.14 billion.

6. Namco Bandai

Namco was a Japanese corporation whose primary business was amusement parks with large-scale arcade games. Pac-Man was created by Namco and munched its way through favorite arcade game characters. In the 1980s, it acquired Atari and partnered with Nintendo, propelling it to the forefront of the video game industry. After a hiatus from development, its 2005 merger with Bandai and the creation of popular series such as Tekken and Naruto brought it fame and a $4.74 billion valuation.

5. Activision Blizzard

Activision merged with Vivendi Games back in 2008, and became Activision Blizzard, armed with combined powers leading to a number of franchises that made the conglomerate one of the major players in the industry. Their most famous franchise, the Call of Duty series, is perhaps the most popular, second only to Halo. The other big name by Activision Blizzard is World of Warcraft, the most famous role-playing game. No wonder it has a value of a whopping $4.85 billion.

4. Sega

Sega distinguished itself from the industry's other console behemoths by housing Sonic the Hedgehog, the blue rodent. In terms of game development, Sega is now concentrating on collaborating with other companies. It has now partnered with its former competitor Nintendo to launch an entirely new trend of crossover titles, such as the Mario and Sonic franchise at the Olympic Games. Sonic the Hedgehog installments mark the return of the blue rodent. Sega is valued at $4.9 billion.

3. Nintendo

Nintendo has a history of 125 years, and has delved in all kinds of games, from playing cards to video games. But, it was the plumber named Mario on his quest to save his beloved Princess Peach from Bowser, the King of the Koopa, in their hit game Super Mario Bros. Nintendo has shown a marked revolution from Nintendo Entertainment System, though Super Nintendo and Gameboy, to Wii and Wii U, with frienchises like Mario, Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, etc. leading to its $6.28 billion.

2. Microsoft Studios

Microsoft Studios was formed in 2002 in conjugation with Xbox, and added another feather to the cap of the technology giant, Microsoft. It has a huge popularity because a gaming console is not necessary for their games. They are available for Windows PCs and phone. Its most famous franchise is Halo, a first person shooter game, which has been a staple of the Xbox since 2001. With 60 million units sold, Halo has contributed about $3.4 billion out of Microsoft Studio’s value of $12.82 billion.

1. Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony Computer Entertainment is the innovative powerhouse behind Sony's Playstation line of consoles, and it holds the distinction of being the premier video game developer within the industry. The company's creative portfolio encompasses several top-grossing franchises, such as God of War, an adventure epic inspired by Greek mythology that has spawned six sequels, and Gran Turismo, a grand touring style racing game and the company's highest-grossing franchise since its launch in 1997. These are just two of the names among many more that have made Sony Computer Entertainment worth $13.4 billion.

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