Today’s online gaming world has greatly involved from the days of Atari, brick games, and the original Pacman. From simplistic 2D adventures that were good enough to while your time away in years past, today’s gaming world is truly an array of colors, creativity, excellent computer graphics and much more – allowing gamers to have a full experience of simulated reality where games can either be played solo, with a duo, or with an entire team.
All these happened because of the hard work and sheer creativity of various game developing companies. This list dishes out to you the 10 richest game developing companies in the world today as they lead in revolutionizing the gaming world and for that matter, virtual reality.
10. Square Enix
This Japanese company gained prominence through games like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Dragon Quest. With Final Fantasy alone, over 100 million copies of the game had been sold. The company has also recently partnered with Disney to launch Kingdom Heart, a role-playing and revolutionary online game which has topped the best-seller list when it came out in 2014.
This French company was founded by the Guillemot brothers during the 80’s. It developed the games Everquest, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Prince of Persia. It popularized the first person shooter in online gaming and has since accumulated the company over $1 billion in revenue.
Before it became a game developer, Konami was known as a conglomerate of arcade games, slot machines, trading cards, and many more. It then went into game development and pioneered games like Castlevania, Silent Hill, Metal Gear, and the now ubiquitous Dance Dance Revolution. Konami is currently worth more than $3 billion.
7. Electronic Arts
Known more prominently in the gaming circle as EA, this popular gaming company pioneered enjoyable games like Need for Speed, Medal of Honor, The Sims, and Command and Conquer. It also evolved into a console brand as it launched Mass Effect for Playstation and XBox. Its current net value is over $4 billion.
6. Namco Bandai
This Japanese company has the clear monopoly in the amusement park arena and in large scale arcade games. It was the company responsible for the birth of Pacman and Atari, with the latter partnering with Nintendo to launch Tekken and Naruto. Currently, the company is worth close to $5 billion and is still growing despite stiff competition.
5. Activision Blizzard
Activision’s rise to success in game development happened when it merged with Vivendi Games – a French conglomerate that also carries the Universal global brand. Its most popular games are Call of Duty and recently, Halo. It also launched the game World of Warcraft. It is currently valued at $5 billion and growing.
The brand’s success in gaming development lies in its successful partnerships with its former competitors like Nintendo. It owns the franchise of the once-ubiquitous Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog games. It is currently worth $5 billion and is cooking up something big for the coming 2018 Rio Olympics.
Nintendo is one of the pioneers in the gaming development arena – having been in the scene for 125 years. The roster of games that it had pioneered continue to be familiar to everyone even up to this day as these games have been immortalized by their longevity. Examples of these include Super Mario, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, and many more. It is worth over $6 billion today.
2. Microsoft Studios
The company that birthed XBox is currently worth $13 billion. The games that it launched have become extremely popular even for non-hardcore gamers because you can easily play these games using your Microsoft computer.
1. Sony Computer Entertainment
The world’s largest gaming developer also invented the Playstation. With a net worth of $14 billion, it boasts of hit games such as God of War and Gran Turismo. The secret of the company’s supremacy is its hardworking creative force.