Top Game Publishers 2017

The mobile gaming space changes quite rapidly and this post is to look at how the top publishers have done from this 2017 compared to 2016

Game Revenue (2017 Q3)

Newzoo reported the top Game publishers based on revenue as of September of 2017 (Q3)

Key Takeaways.

  • China sits a top of the gaming food chain as they reported experiencing over $12 Billion in annual revenue.  
  • Outside of the usual suspects, Bandai Namco has had a very successful year in their Guerilla Branding technique and flooding the mobile space with all their illustrious IP as Dragonball Dokkan leading the way with over 200 Million downloads and hitting the top grossing game in both Japan and USA a couple of times.
  • Perfect World jumps into the 21st spot possibly with their new titles PCI
  • Zynga still relevant as a top 25 revenue generating company

(Numbers are in the Millions)

RANK COMPANY Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOTAL CHANGE
1 Tencent 3888 4090 4723 0 12701 44 %
2 Sony* 2358 1920 2365 0 6642 30 %
3 Activision Blizzard 1726 1631 1618 0 4975 8 %
4 Microsoft 1704 1531 1619 0 4854 11 %
5 Apple* 1429 1574 1762 0 4764 13 %
6 NetEase 1546 1358 1168 0 4072 41 %
7 EA 1527 1449 959 0 3935 13 %
8 Google* 1001 1058 1034 0 3093 12 %
9 Nintendo* 498 527 855 0 1879 93 %
10 Bandai Namco 568 573 596 0 1737 17 %
11 Nexon 639 402 516 0 1557 30 %
12 Netmarble 571 449 484 0 1503 74 %
13 TakeTwo Interactive 572 418 444 0 1433 29 %
14 Square Enix 451 377 495 0 1323 22 %
15 Ubisoft 724 226 295 0 1245 23 %
16 Warner Bros 313 486 424 0 1223 3 %
17 Mixi 468 345 318 0 1131 9 %
18 NCSoft 199 215 604 0 1018 75 %
19 Cyber Agent 306 285 309 0 900 14 %
20 Konami 273 247 246 0 766 35 %
21 Perfect World 210 232 239 0 681 75 %
22 DeNA 235 208 209 0 651 1 %
23 Disney* 205 207 212 0 624 7 %
24 GungHo Entertainment 220 200 178 0 598 20 %
25 Zynga 153 209 225 0 587 17 %

 

Compared to December 2016 Game Revenue Chart

Key Takeaways

  • Gungho slips from 19 – 24th spot as their only hit title Puzzle & Dragons loses traction year after year
  • Facebook slips out of the top 25 but may find a lot of traction with their instant games going out platform later this year.
  • Japanese Publishers as a whole continue to fall
  • Cyber Agent disappears from the top earners as they haven’t done anything relevant globally in years.

(Numbers are in the Millions)

RANK COMPANY Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOTAL CHANGE
1 Tencent 2822 2894 3096 3197 12009 17 %
2 Sony* 1796 1637 1695 2709 7837 33 %
3 Activision Blizzard 1455 1570 1568 2014 6607 42 %
4 Microsoft* 1593 1427 1363 2094 6477 9 %
5 Apple* 1316 1402 1494 1652 5864 32 %
6 EA 1308 1271 898 1149 4626 8 %
7 NetEase 933 969 985 1290 4177 50 %
8 Google* 837 930 985 1313 4065 37 %
9 Bandai Namco 465 552 469 506 1991 19 %
10 Nintendo 377 312 287 856 1831 6 %
11 Square Enix 417 321 348 580 1666 37 %
12 Warner Bros 450 368 367 421 1606 27 %
13 Ubisoft 697 155 158 591 1602 57 %
14 TakeTwo Interactive 377 312 420 476 1585 19 %
15 Nexon 491 326 378 369 1564 1 %
16 Mixi* 423 338 272 402 1437 5 %
17 Netmarble 271 293 298 385 1247 37 %
18 Cyber Agent 234 260 294 294 1082 36 %
19 GungHo Entertainment 271 254 222 214 961 25 %
20 Disney* 230 218 226 234 908 23 %
21 DeNA 227 223 207 202 859 8 %
22 NCSoft 200 200 181 237 817 15 %
23 Konami 185 215 169 246 814 20 %
24 Sega 168 194 199 225 786
25 Facebook 181 197 195 180 753 11 %

 

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