The 12 largest video game companies by revenue in 2017 all pulled in over $1 billion in revenue during the first-half of 2017. The biggest video game companies of 2016 have seen continued success in 2017, as only one of the top 20 gaming companies by revenue in 2017 has seen its revenue decline year-over-year, that being Warner Bros.
Needless to say, 2017 has been a strong one for the gaming industry. Hardware sales have registered their best monthly totals in each of the last five months when compared to the same month during the previous three years, bouyed by the release of the Nintendo Switch, and software sales have been strong, with over 110 million games being sold thus far according to VGChartz.
Nintendo’s Switch has had a solid debut, with 5.5 million systems being sold despite rampant shortages, more than double the sales of the Xbox One in 2017, though it trails the PlayStation 4’s continued success. Top mobile gaming companies have also had particularly strong years, namely mobile and PC game developers in China like Tencent, NetEase, and Netmarble, all of which have seen their revenue soar by over 50% year-over-year.
Many of the biggest video game publishers have also enjoyed tremendous success in 2017, with Activision, EA, and Bandai Namco all enjoying surging revenue. Ubisoft, one of the biggest game publishers by revenue, also got off to a great start to 2017, though sales slumped heavily in the second-quarter, being less than 1/3 of what they were in the first-quarter.
To compile this list of the 12 largest video game companies by revenue in 2017, we turned to data compiled by Newzoo, which calculated the gaming revenue that every public company pulled in during the first-half of 2017. When the company did not report its gaming-specific revenue, Newzoo estimated the figure.
It should be noted that hardware sales are not included in the figures; they solely represent revenue from software sales. Thus, hardware makers Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTCMKTS:NTDOY), Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) don’t have an unfair advantage over the companies that solely develop and/or publish games, though they do get credit for whatever of the sales they get on their platforms.
Some of the gaming companies that just missed the top 12 included Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), Ubisoft, Square-Enix, and Konami. Head to the next page to begin the countdown of the top-performing gaming companies in the world during the first-half of 2017.
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