The gaming industry is becoming more and more powerful with each passing day, having a total revenue of $99.6 billion registered in 2016 with a total of 2.1 billion active players. As this entertainment sector grows, the companies that produce the games cash in considerable incomes too so we thought it would be a good idea to see which ones are considered the richest. The financial information was retrieved from official statements that were made public and refers to a yearlong time period. Some of the companies didn’t declare their gaming exclusive income, so we made a yearly approximation.
8. Square Enix – $1.87 billion
In the Financial highlights released at the end of the fiscal year, on 31st of March 2016, Square Enix had a total revenue of 214 billion yen, what would amount to about $1.87 billion. During this past year they managed to double their income and with Final Fantasy XV just released the 2017 result will probably look even better. Besides the Final Fantasy franchise, Square Enix is also known for developing and publishing other successful titles, such as Kingdom Hearts and Dragon Quest.
7. Konami – $2.18 billion
The latest financial report presented by Konami on their official site shows an evolution compared to the net revenues recorded in 2014 and 2015. This year brought them a total of 250 billion yen, a sum that would translate into $2.18 billion. The latest Metal Gear Solid title: The Phantom Pain and the mobile games released during this year helped them boost their profits. Besides the title aforementioned, Konami is also well known for Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution and Silent Hill.
6. Bandai Namco Entertainment – $2.81 billion
The 2016 report shows that the entire Bandai Namco Company had an income of ¥575.5 billion, meaning about $5.04 billion, but as for the gaming subsidiary the sum that they conveyed in this sector is $2.81 billion. Some of the most popular gaming titles linked to Bandai Namco’s name are the Naruto series, as well as Tekken and Soulcalibur. They are also known for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the Dark Souls series that brought them lots of financial benefits.
5. Ubisoft – $3.1 billion
Compared to the previous year, Ubisoft managed to increase its total revenue, amounting to about $3.1 billion as reported by their latest financial files. This gaming company has some really powerful titles under its belt and it’s no wonder it also has financial success. To name just a few of the bestselling titles they developed during the years we’d have to mention: Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Rainbow Six, Prince of Persia and Watch Dogs.
4. Sega – $3.2 billion
The closing of the financial year brought Sega a profit of $3.2 billion but this didn’t happen entirely due to their direct sales but rather to cost-cutting measures and restructuring. The key release was Football Manager 2016, even though the packaged games units sold decreased by 24%. Even though nowadays it doesn’t do very well financially speaking, Sega gave life to quite a number of beloved gaming titles. Some of the most popular ones are Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War and the classic Daytona USA.
3. Electronic Arts – $4.39 billion
Although there was a slight decline in profit, Electronic Arts still managed to score a revenue of $4.39 billion during the 2016 fiscal year, this sum placing them on the 3rd spot in our Top 8 Richest Gaming Companies. Anyway, with Battlefield 1 just hitting the market hard, they managed to score high and continue their legacy. Some other titles worth mentioning released by EA would be the FIFA series, the Burnout titles and the Command & Conquer franchise.
2. Nintendo – $4.4 billion
Nintendo’s 2016 income decreased compared to 2015’s financial year, grossing just 504 billion yen instead of 549 billion and in conclusion the final income would amount to about $4.4 billion. This decline is due mainly to the Wii U’s game sales that crumbled and made them lose about $49 million. Besides all these financial misfortunes, Nintendo still stands tall in the gaming market and occupies the 2nd place on our list. To end on a high note let us remember some of the best known franchises they fathered: Pokémon, Mario, and of course, Zelda.
1. Activision Blizzard –$4.6 billion
The financial data available for Activision Blizzard dates from 2015 since we couldn’t find the 2016 yearly report on their official site. During this fiscal year they registered an income of $4.6 billion, placing them on the first place on our list. With very popular games such as Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Diablo, StarCraft, Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, Quake II, and many many more, this joint company really tops them all.