Video games studios generate billions of dollars every year, not only by creating and releasing new titles but also by releasing expansions, cosmetic features, and seasonal events. This is an approach that is followed by many studios in the digital age of gaming, but just like it happens in every other industry, there are some that do it better. Some of them specialize in role-playing games, some in casino games, some in adventures, and some in multi-player online games.
Mojang and Epic Games
These two studios have released games that are actively being played by millions of players on a daily basis. Two very simple games, like Minecraft and Fortnite, manage to generate more gaming traffic than many other online computer and console games. The two titles are not known for their high-end graphics or for their animations but for their simplicity and user-friendliness. People of all ages start Minecraft and Fortnite in order to explore new gaming worlds and in order to update their avatar. Some of these players have also turned their hobby into an income-generating activity, as playing their favorite game and streaming their gameplay occasionally leads to a primary or secondary income.
The Online Casino Software Experts
Gaming is not just about computer and console games. Many players prefer playing games of chance, such as the ones one can find in the gaming libraries of online casinos. Many of these games have been released by Microgaming. Online casino games can be played on computers, tablets, and mobile phones via Internet browsers and mobile applications. One can play them from the comfort of their living room, while another can do it on the go during a train journey. Many of these games come with demo versions that can be played for free, and this is something that can help players familiarise themselves with the software before they start playing real money.
Ubisoft – An Adventurer’s Favourite
The French studio has released dozens of best-sellers, but its most important contribution to gaming is the Assassin’s Creed series. Ubisoft has found ways to keep AC relevant for over fifteen years, turning the original basic game into an open-world RPG, where players can buy expansions, cosmetic items and episodes. Some of these features can also be obtained by simply playing the game and by reaching certain milestones. The development budget for Assassin’s Creed is normally pretty big, but at the end of the day, the return on investment is both high as well as guaranteed.
Bungie – Synonymous to First Person Shooters
There are dozens of FPS games, but only a few can compare to Halo and to Destiny. The studio responsible for these two games is Bungie. The Bellevue-based studio knows how to create best-sellers and how to make money through gaming. For over thirty years, Bungie has released games that sold countless copies, but their current project is the one that has managed to generate profit on an hourly basis. Destiny 2 is one of the most addictive online first-person shooters and its players spend money in order to buy expansions, in order to participate in seasonal events and in order to make their guardian’s look unique.
Square Enix – The King of RPGs
Square is the studio that introduced Final Fantasy to the world of gaming. This ever-expanding role-playing game series has a loyal audience that keeps coming back for more. Every Final Fantasy game earns a platinum status in no time and this gives Square the funding it needs in order to continue developing newer and better RPGs. Together with Dragon Quest, Star Ocean and with other RPG series, Final Fantasy has managed to generate billions for its studio.