Wed. Aug 12th, 2020

15 Top Video Game Design Companies Worldwide

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Who does not love a quality video game experience? Our tastes may differ — some would rather go for a PayPal casino, while others are looking for a complex strategy play mode. The essence is still the same, though — we do need something to relax now and then. And these industry giants make it possible. 

 

#1 Nintendo

Nintendo has over 120 years of experience. This Japanese industry giant got into video game development in 1979, and since then, gained quite a lot of fans. Mario is probably one of those Nintendo products everyone has heard of. 

 

Services provided: Video Games, Consumer Electronics 

Founded in: 1889

Company size: 6000+ employees

Offices: Kyoto, Japan

Net Worth: $85 billion

Major Products: Mario, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda

 

#2 Valve Corporation

Another example of an industry influencer that got immediate success with its debut project Half-Life. One more commercial success happened in 2003, with the release of Steam that accounted for half of all PC games sales by 2011. Since 2010, the company started producing hardware. 

 

Services provided: Video Games; Digital Distribution

Founded in: 1996

Company size: 360 employees

Offices: Bellevue, WA; Luxembourg

Net Worth: $2.5 billion

Major products: Counter-Strike, Dota-2, Half-Life

 

#3 Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games specializes in action and racing play modes, even though the first type seems to be more popular with the audience. Grand Theft Auto shipped over 100 million copies worldwide, even though other notable products by Rockstar Games are rocking it as well. 

 

Services provided: Video games

Founded in: 1998

Company size: over 2000 employees  

Offices: New York City, NY

Net Worth: $3.5 billion

Major Products: Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Bully, Red dead

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#4 Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts is the second-largest company in the US, and their series has gained millions of fans worldwide. With almost 40 years of development experience, Electronic Arts know what it takes to please their audience. Electronic Arts Simpsons series is just one of the examples that prove this point. 

 

Services provided: Video Games

Founded in: 1982

Company size: 9000+ employees 

Offices: Redwood City

Net Worth: $4.5 billion

Major Products: Star Wars, the Simpsons, Army of Two, Battlefield 

 

#5 Activision Blizzard

While not the oldest player in the market, Activision Blizzard has already won gamers’ hearts with such amazing products as Warcraft, Diablo, and Call of Duty. Hopefully, more amazing games are yet to come. 

 

Services provided: Video Games

Founded in: 2008

Company size: 9000+ employees 

Offices: Santa Monica, California

Net Worth: $4.6 billion

Major Products: Call of Duty, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Warcraft

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#4 Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts is the second-largest company in the US, and their series has gained millions of fans worldwide. With almost 40 years of development experience, Electronic Arts know what it takes to please their audience. Electronic Arts Simpsons series is just one of the examples that prove this point. 

 

Services provided: Video Games

Founded in: 1982

Company size: 9000+ employees 

Offices: Redwood City

Net Worth: $4.5 billion

Major Products: Star Wars, the Simpsons, Army of Two, Battlefield 

 

#5 Activision Blizzard

While not the oldest player in the market, Activision Blizzard has already won gamers’ hearts with such amazing products as Warcraft, Diablo, and Call of Duty. Hopefully, more amazing games are yet to come. 

 

Services provided: Video Games

Founded in: 2008

Company size: 9000+ employees 

Offices: Santa Monica, California

Net Worth: $4.6 billion

Major Products: Call of Duty, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Warcraft

#6 Sony Computer Entertainment

No one can forget about Playstation — the product Sony Computer Entertainment is most famous for. Dealing with consoles, accessories, and controllers, Sony accounts for a high share of the video gaming market. 

 

Services provided: Video Games

Founded in: 1993

Company size: 2000+ employees

Offices: Tokyo, Japan

Net Worth: $35 billion

Major Products: PlayStation

#7 Ubisoft

This French industry giant is famous for many products, and its years of experience in the industry makes all of them worthwhile. Even though France does not boast a lot of video game design companies and developers, Ubisoft alone is enough to represent this European country.

 

Services provided: Video games

Founded in: 1986

Company size: 16000 employees

Offices: Montreuil, France

Net Worth: $3.7 billion

Major Products: Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, Just Dance

#8 Sega Games Co. Ltd

Sega Games Co. Ltd is famous for its creativity and innovations when it comes to video game design and play modes. Apart from video games and consoles, their development products include a series of toys, quite popular around the globe. 

 

Services provided: Video games

Founded in: 1940

Company size: 5000+ employees 

Offices: Tokyo, Japan 

Net Worth: 438 million

Major Products: Yakuza, Sonic the hedgehog, Phantasy Star, Total War

 

#9 BioWare

Technically, BioWare is a subsidiary of Electronics Arts. Yet, when it comes to developing role-play games, this Canadian enterprise stands on its own. 

 

Services provided: Video games

Founded in: 1995

Company size: 800 employees 

Offices: Edmonton, Canada

Net Worth: $860 million

Major Products: Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Baldur’s gate, Republic

 

#10 Naughty Dog Inc

Currently owned by Sony Entertainment, Naughty Dog started all on its own back in the 1980s. The quality of their products, even though developed one at a time, made Naughty Dog expansion simply inevitable. 

 

Services provided: Video games 

Founded in: 1984

Company size: 316 employees 

Offices: Santa Monica, California

Net Worth: $40 million

Major Products: The Last of Us, Jak and Daxter, Crash Bandicoot

 

#11 Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd

Annually, Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd sells millions of product copies, but video game development is not their only specialty. This industry giant produces magazines, anime, and even motion pictures, capturing fan’s hearts worldwide. 

 

Services provided: Video games, anime, books, magazines, motion pictures 

Founded in: 1975

Company size: 4600 employees 

Offices: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Net Worth: $1.36 billion

Major Products: Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble

 

#12 Capcom Company Ltd

Capcom’s first video game was an arcade called Little League. Ever since its launch in 1983, the company has created many other amazing products with plenty of fans worldwide. 

 

Services provided: Video games 

Founded in: 1979

Company size: 2800 employees  

Offices: Chuo-Ku Osaka Japan

Net Worth: $11 billion

Major Products: Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Street Fighter

 

#13 Bungie Inc

Minotaur: The Labyrinths of Crete was the first and is still the most notable product by Bungie Inc. Surely, no one can underestimate the subsequent launches from this developer — after all, Microsoft does not acquire companies without reason. Since the acquisition by Microsoft, Bungie Inc has produced many Xbox-killer app. 

 

Services provided: Video games, software development  

Founded in: 1991

Company size: 2600 employees  

Offices: Bellevue, USA

Net Worth: $78 million

Major Products: Pathways into Darkness, Halo: Combat evolved, Marathon

#14 Microsoft Corporation

Speaking of Microsoft, we must include them to our list — even though games are not their only specialty. No doubt, everyone knows this giant of the Silicon Valley. When it comes to video game development, Microsoft is mostly famous for its Xbox products. And we are grateful for every new update! 

 

Services provided: Video games, software development, hardware, electronics, cloud computing

Founded in: 1975

Company size: 148+ thousand employees  

Offices: Redmond Washington, USA

Net Worth: over $1 trillion

Major Products: Xbox series, Windows, Office, Skype, Servers, Mobile 

#15 Bandai Namco Entertainment

One more Japanese company that does not limit itself to the video game industry. No wonder, as this entertainer was founded in the middle of the twentieth century, releasing its first video game in the 1980s. Pac Man was (and probably is) an absolute success everyone has heard of. Truly, you do not need to be a console fan to know what a Pac Man is. 

 

Services provided: Video games, Anime, Motion pictures 

Founded in: 1955

Company size: 1000 employees 

Offices: Tokyo, Japan

Net Worth: $553 thousand 

Major Products: Dragon Ball series, Ace Combat Series, Pac Man

 

Found anything new on this list? Or, perhaps, you’ve tried most of these products and can now share your feedback on graphics and gameplay? Don’t be shy — after all, tastes differ, and your feedback can help another gamer pick a quality game to spend the night. 

 

Author’s bio:

Thomas is a dedicated video gamer, reviewer, and content writer, always willing to analyze and provide feedback on new games in the industry. His passion is not limited to a specific genre, but he definitely appreciated a thought-through product, regardless of its main idea. 

 

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