Sony beats Microsoft in revenue, Tencent dominates the market

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Newzoo has a new comparison out for the year. Based on the financial years of 2013 and 2014, we can get a sense of which companies are leading the industry. While we talk about Sony, Microsoft, EA and everyone else who has big stands at E3 all the time, there are other players in this game who are raking in billions.

Here is the pretty comparison:

Top companies 2015

Once we get over the shocker of just how massive Tencent is and just how much it’s growing, we can check out the other companies. Sony had a fantastic year, blowing Microsoft out of the water with revenue. EA is growing nicely thanks to titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Sims 4. Meanwhile Activision Blizzard took a slight knock, but not enough to bring them down significantly.

I’m sort of blown away by the growth Apple and Google have had. They already featured on this listing last year, but they are now bigger than King, Nintendo and Ubisoft. I suppose we need to feature more about iOS and Android games seeing as that’s what people care about as shown by their spending. Nintendo fell slightly while Ubisoft had a slight uptick in revenue. Still, just remember that these numbers are in billions of dollars – even that small entry on the graph is a ridiculous amount of money.

I’m not surprised by the Sony vs Microsoft part, but that Tencent, Apple and Google… What is this topsy-turvy world of gaming revenue? I wonder how things will shift over time as more people adopt the PS4 and/or Xbox One and that revenue needs to come from software rather than hardware.

Last Updated: April 21, 2015

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