Ever wonder what companies gain the most revenue from games? Don’t worry, here is the list of the top 25 public game companies by revenue in 2017.
Newzoo has generously compiled a list of public game companies that are performing well from gaming in terms of revenue. The data gives a total estimation from analysis of annual and quarterly financial reports published by a number of relevant publicly listed game companies.
Last years the companies gathered a total revenue of US$94.1 billion in 2017, 29% more than 2016. The total revenue of gaming industry itself was US$121.7 billion. This means that the top 25 companies provided a total of 77% revenue.
*=Based on estimates
Chinese giants, Tencent leads the way with total revenue of US@18.1 billion, 15% of the total market. This also means that they have secured their number 1 spot for five consecutive years.
One of the reasons why Tencent is still dominant is that they were able to control multiple parts of the value chain, both on PC and mobile. Additionally, they were also great in their investment strategies for the past 5 years (including the PUBG Mobile acquisition).
Interesting fact also shows that the top 5 earners were unchanged from 2016. These companies include Tencent, Sony, Apple, Microsoft, and Activision Blizzard.
Now, let’s get to where the money comes in. Yes, the mobile platform is continuously growing and growing.
13 of the top 25 companies earned the majority of their revenue in 2017 through mobile gaming. Both Apple and Google had a record-breaking 2017 in terms of game revenues, earning U$8.0 billion and US$5.3 billion, respectively.
According to Sensor Tower, Fortnite Mobile's revenue reaches USD$15 million in just under a month. The game itself was launched on the App Store in mid-March. Why did it become so popular in just a short notice? Find the answer in the article below.
Another successful company from mobile gaming last year was Netmarble with their newest mobile hit: Lineage 2: Revolution. This also shows that Netmarble’s success can come from their main region, with a total of 54% revenue is from outside of South Korea.
Edited by Devi