If you love to play video games, there is no doubt that you are a fan of Activision Blizzard games. Even if you only play occasionally, you probably play games made by this company more than anything else. Somehow, the company managed to tap into exactly what the public wanted and then they delivered, time and time again. Over the years, they have created and marketed many of the most popular games that have ever been made. Of course, they have made a great deal of profit in doing so. If you’re wondering what the five most profitable games ever made by them are, you can find out by reading the information listed below.
5. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Over $1 billion
This game was first produced in 2011 and since then, you wouldn’t believe how much money the company has made. There’s no doubt that they’ve made enough from the video game itself. With that being said, the place where they really started raking in the dough involves all the miniature action figures they sold in conjunction with it. In order to get the most out of the video game, you had to buy the action figures because they were integrated into the game. The whole idea was pure genius and they basically cornered the market on it all.
4. Overwatch- $1.4 billion
The game tapped into a fairly new, but immensely popular, trend among the general public. It’s called esports, and it refers to not only playing sports online but also watching others play. It’s basically like being a fan of college or professional sports, only instead of watching actual people play, you’re watching people play digital characters online. If you think that this sounds a little strange, there are plenty of people who would disagree. Currently, there are more than 300 million people who are registered users of this game. Furthermore, the market for this particular type of entertainment is valued somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.4 billion.
3. World of Warcraft- Over $1 billion
This is a game that has been around for quite awhile, but it’s still one of the company’s most popular versions. Even though it’s been out there for more than 10 years, the company is nothing short of brilliant when it comes to the way the handle the release of this game. Every two or three years, they send out updates to the existing game. The thing is, those updates usually cost almost as much as you would expect to pay for a brand new game. Furthermore, everyone who plays the game has to pay a subscription service on a monthly basis in order to maintain access to the online gaming, which is an essential part of the game itself. That means you’re paying for the initial game, the monthly subscription, and you’re paying for each update that’s released. It’s also worth noting that every time an update comes out, the number of people who subscribe to this game increases by more than 25 percent. That brings in more than $1 billion.
2. Candy Crush – Over $1 billion
This is a game that is designed for smartphones. It seems like almost everyone plays it. The game itself is free to download, but the money is made two different ways. The first is through in-game purchases, and the second and most profitable method involves advertising that is embedded into the game. You might think that most people don’t really pay attention to the ads, but the company made about $1 billion in a single year, thanks to the ads alone.
1. Call of Duty – $4 billion +
This is an immensely popular game that almost everyone who has ever touched a gaming system is familiar with. In order to keep things fresh, the company sends out a new game based on the Call of Duty universe every year. In fact, their releases are practically like clockwork. They also routinely release updates that can be added onto existing games. Last year alone, the updates provided the company with an additional $4 billion. That doesn’t even count the revenue from the initial purchases of the games themselves. In the last three years, the company has quadrupled their profits on this game. That’s precisely why it has essentially become the foundation on which the company has been built, as it is a staple for gamers all over the globe.