The video game industry is booming in 2018, as eSports are at the forefront of technology. Streaming services like Twitch have taken off and grown to astronomical heights. In fact, major sports organizations like the NFL and NBA have taken notice and started to put their stamp on the video game industry by purchasing and sponsoring eSports teams across the world. Overall, the video game realm is continuing to increase in popularity worldwide. More unique games are being conceptualized and developed every day, so let’s take a look at some of the popular games that paved the way. Here are the top 5 video game companies of all-time.
Founded in 1991, Blizzard Entertainment used to develop console games but has since pivoted into exclusively focusing on online games. You may have heard of them, as they are the developers of the world-renowned game, World of Warcraft. Piggybacking off the success of WoW and StarCraft, Blizzard’s fantasy MMO popularity grew to an astounding 12 million subscribers in the mid-2000s. It is rare for a company to have such a profound effect on the industry for so long, but it appears that Blizzard will continue to leave its mark on the eSports realm for years to come.
Valve was founded in 1996 and almost immediately made an impact on the gaming industry with its 1998 release of Half-Life. Since then, they have revolutionized the idea of bringing in world-famous creators to transform their ideas into widely-successful franchises. Now, Valve’s Counter-Strike and Dota 2 titles are among the most played eSports games in the world.
3. Rockstar North
Rockstar is a massive video game development company, but one of its subsidiaries has produced some of the most popular games ever. Have you ever heard of Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption? Yes, Rockstar North, based out of Scotland, is the company responsible for the creation of those smash-hit franchises. GTA alone would be enough to solidify their spot in the top 5. Everything else is just a bonus.
Considered one of the forefathers of the gaming industry, Capcom has been developing and published games since 1983. Once the NES was released, Capcom didn’t waste any time before making its mark with its Mega Man franchise, considered to be one of the top old school titles ever. Once the 1990s rolled around, the company exploded with its widely-popular Street Fighter franchise, and just a few years later, it released Resident Evil, arguably the most popular franchise of all-time.
The number one slot wasn’t much of a competition, as Nintendo remains the most legendary gaming company in the world. Its iconic Mario character could rival any company mascot there is… including Mickey Mouse. In addition to its Super Mario Bros. franchise, Nintendo has been responsible for hits like The Legend of Zelda and Metroid.