Video games can change an individual’s mind, claim researchers, but the adaptations are on the positive end. Really! Yes, it’s true.
Being a gamer, I understand the passion and craziness for games; playing them is similar to having a good time with your beloved. Do you know what studies have found in the same regard? That playing action video games trains people to make the right decision without loss of accuracy. Games are not just a source of entertainment, but also a whole world in their own right.
It’s not only the gamers among us who have a sheer liking for games, even a number of celebrities love them too. Well, you will be supersized to know that Robin Williams named his kids Zelda and Cody after game characters. And, things don’t end here; Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple submitted so many high scores to Nintendo until they stopped printing them. Let’s not talk about the celebrities and gamers addiction for Candy Crush, I might spend an entire day or more to list the names.
Maybe, this enormous popularity of games enables various gaming companies to earn jaw-dropping revenue each year. Let’s have a look at the top 5 most colossal companies ruling the gaming world.
5. Electronic Arts (EA)
- Headquarters: Redwood City, California, United States
- Revenue: 515 billion USD (2015)
- Stock Price: EA (NASADAQ) US $85.40
Founded by Trip Hawkins, this firm has become one of the major players and one of the giant names in the gaming industry. When someone suggested them to make soccer games, initially they treated it as a joke. Ironically, FIFA is their biggest and most successful game.. From titles like Madden Football, Road Rash, and NHL 95, and many more, EA became has turned out to be one the leading video game producers in the world.
Since the very beginning, EA has been the king of sports games and a major player in the “war” with Nintendo and Sega consoles. By 2011, FIFA was available in 51 countries, and has been translated into 18 distinct languages. It has sold over 100 million copies all over the globe, and FIFA becomes the “fastest selling sports game ever” with over 3.3 million games sold. Wow! So, stating that, it seems like they came here to stay and are not planning on leaving anytime soon.
- Headquarters: Kyoto, Japan, Kyoto Prefecture
- Revenue: 5 billion JPY (2016)
- Stock Price: 7974 (TYO) JPY 26, 445
One of the oldest, but best gaming companies in the world, known for creating adventurous and thrilling games that are a dream of every gamer to play. Even, I am so fond of their games for they are simply incredible. It was founded in the 19th century and today, it has developed into an empire through its simple agenda of being in the minds of the gamers with the help of their games. One of their famous creations – Mario and Donkey Kong are still a big hit among every generation. Mario is counted as top popular video game characters ever created in the history, and even its theme song is recognized worldwide.
Out of all this, they earned out $5.5 billion U.S. as their annual revenue in 2014, and their present net worth is $18.4 billion. All thanks to their high-definition games and other cutting-edge products.
3. ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
- Headquarters: Santa Monica, California, United States
- Revenue: 664 billion USD (2015)
- Stock Price: ATVI (NASDAQ) US$ 44.30
When in 2008, the merger of two powerful gaming ventures Activision and Blizzard Entertainment happened, one of the massive gaming companies was born. They started with a simple idea of making out-of-the-box strategy games modeled after role-playing games, becoming the paramount performing gaming company out there.
It became the first company to introduce LAN gaming, the characteristic that permits you to connect computers together with your friends to create a huge battle without the need to be online. Activision Blizzard’s games were a great success, especially World of Warcraft which charges a monthly fee for online game play, helped them reach where they are today – a gigantic gaming hub.
In 2015, they grabbed a lot of media attention, when they brought King, the company behind “Candy Crush” for $5.9 billion. The company is estimated to be worth US$18.9 billion, getting ahead of various other gaming companies. And, this is the reason that it bagged the 3rd spot on the richest gaming companies in the world.
2. SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT
- Headquarters: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
- Revenue: 100 billion Japanese Yen billion U.S. dollar
- Stock Price: 6758 (TYO) JPY 3,335
Have you ever though that Play Station is produced by this firm – a big name in the electronic as well as video games. Moreover, one of the largest producers of video games consoles in the world with highest selling games products. The PS2 was one of the hottest and longest selling games used by gamers everywhere. Initially, their online services were free, but they recently started charging for the privilege of playing online. One of the largest producers of video game consoles in the world, their PlayStation is one of the most famous among their kind out there. Sony is the chief competitor of Microsoft in the video games market. Sony‘s current revenue is approximate $17.49 billion, which is more than the GDP of a number of countries. And, till 2000 they had a market capitalization of $100 billion. Quite impressive figures that make one easily conclude their success rate.
1. MICROSOFT STUDIOS
- Headquarters: Redmond, United States, Washington
- Revenue: $93,580 (2015)
Originally, Microsoft Game Studio was re-branded as Microsoft Studio in 2011. It is one the best performing gaming company in the world, despite the fact that they were new players to enter into the console world. But, nothing could stop them from emerging as the master of this industry. Moreover, it offers an online system that made it a default destination for multi-platform games like Call of Duty. In 2015, it earned $93.6 billion as revenue, $18.2 billion in operating income, $60.5 billion of gross margin, and $12.2 billion in net income. Hence, it bagged the 1st spot on the list of richest gaming companies in the world.
No doubt, the gaming world has changed with the passing decades, but surely on the positive side. And, the credit goes to these 5 leading companies that never give up and continue experimenting. This is exactly what has fetched them outstanding results. I, being a gamer, can feel the very video game addiction, more strongly, with such an assortment of games in the market. These companies have turned out to be a revolution in the digital gaming world, and they are here to stay for aeons.