The controversy around Electronic Arts and their stubborn commitment to microtransactions seems never-ending and it seems that the game publisher is now focused on getting all the money they can from their customers. Of course, gamers were not happy about the methods that EA decided to adopt for their future products and the company became quite infamous. EA stated that the method they selected encourages digital monetization, which is the next step in the gaming industry. The company called these live services but the people who previously preferred EA games in the detriment of other game developers were not happy with the situation. The CEO of the company, Andrew Wilson, remains open to new changes in the future regarding the way EA handles microtransactions and considers the whole situation an opportunity for learning.
Taking a look at the financial reports of Electronic Arts during the past year, the revenue rises up to almost $1.3 billion for the last quarter only. What doesn’t surprise anyone is that most part of this revenue comes from the so-called live services that gamers are so unpleased of at the moment. Full-game sales only offered the company a small part of its revenue, of around $250 million. Even though they are not happy with the situation, heavy players still invested in the games that EA launched, but they are now directing their attention to other game developers. In this sense, this is a list of the game developers that are rapidly gaining ground.
Nintendo Entertainment and Analysis Division
Most gaming lovers out there played The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario Bros at least once in their lifetime. There is no wonder why Nintendo is in the center of attention when it comes to game development. Nintendo is based in Japan and redefined gaming with their masterpieces. The first quarter of 2018 was a productive one for the company, as they sold 18 million games, twice as much compared to the previous year.
Bethesda Game Studios
Christopher Weaver, the founder of Bethesda, ensured the success of this video game company. Considering the latest strategic partnership between the company and AMD, the legendary The Elder Scrolls series, along with Fallout and DOOM which are all produced by Bethesda, gamers couldn’t be more excited about the company’s future. The Skyrim franchise has over 11 million players, as stated by Bethesda during the E3 presentation.
After analyzing the first quarter of this financial year, the Mega Man creator announces that things are becoming better and better. The cumulative sales of this game add up to almost 35 million units sold worldwide. People started to acknowledge the power of the Capcom colossus, especially since 20th Century Fox decided to make a live-action film based on Mega Man.
Blizzard is famous for World of Warcraft, which helped the company reach its peak popularity. From the second quarter of 2010 until now, Blizzard met only success with the WoW franchise. They continue releasing expansions for it and the annual revenue keeps going up. Since the glorious launch of Overwatch, Blizzard finds itself in the center of attention once again.
Ubisoft is pretty well-known for the many games it launched in the past few years. 2018 is all about the Assassin’s Creed franchise that continues with Odyssey, the long-awaited continuation for the series. Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Siege are just a few of the gamers’ favorites. No wonder why Ubisoft is a top choice among players, not to mention the deals on video games from this publisher.
Konami had a rough past and they made some bad decisions regarding their games. That’s why people don’t trust them at the moment. Yet tables have turned. Konami got a chance to gain back the trust of players by launching a new production division. Metal Gear Solid V is very promising, and since the rumors about the division, a new Castlevania game is expected.
The Grand Theft Auto series has a long history that most gamers know about, and it’s not all about it. Rockstar North launched tremendous games since Take-Two Interactive was in charge. The rumors about the new GTA game keeps Rockstar fans posted, as the company mentioned that their hotly-anticipated game will be out in a couple of years from now on. Red Dead Redemption 2 is about to launch, so the final verdict can wait.
Since Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched Breakout in 1976, people started to focus on the potential of Atari. The console they launched a year later, Atari 2600 was the first one of its kind and impressed the entire world at the time. Pac-Man anyone? The team at Atari released their own version of Namco’s game for their Atari 2600 console. People appreciate this company today as well. Their latest edit on RollerCoaster Tycoon designed for Nintendo Switch was a blast this year.
Square Enix, previously known as Squaresoft, has a great reputation among game developers. The Square Enix company was created by the fusion between Square and Enix, two separate companies with the same goals. Square Enix became famous because of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, but their new releases impressed the whole gaming world. The success of Life is Strange Episode I and II was unexpected and the deluxe edition of the last Tomb Raider game made numerous people launch a preorder as fast as they got a chance.
Id Software made everyone crazy about the newest DOOM game. The franchise started in 1993, and it can be considered one of the most relevant titles in the video games history, which makes the company worthy of this top. DOOM has millions of fans all over the world and it launched a gaming subculture among people. Id Software improved the game visibly with the passage of time and it was published with the help of the aforementioned Bethesda. The collaboration reboot propelled the franchise to the top. Other iconic video game names by id Software include Quake, launched in 1996 and Wolfenstein, launched in 1992.