The Top 50 Highest-Grossing Video Game Franchises

Written by Carly Hallman

What are the best-selling video game franchises of all time? From Minecraft to The Legend of Zelda to Mario, we’ve taken a closer look at the most popular video game franchises to figure out which have raked in the most cash over the years. Compare newcomers like Clash of Clans to old classics like Space Invaders and see which of the best-selling game franchises you’ve bought games from over the years!

50 Top Grossing Video Game Franchises

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The Top 50 Highest-Grossing Video Game Franchises Transcript

Rank Franchise Revenue Creator Year of Origin
1 Pokemon $90,000,000,000 Nintendo 1996
2 Mario $30,250,000,000 Nintendo 1981
3 Call of Duty $17,000,000,000 Activision 2003
4 Wii $14,808,000,000 Nintendo 2006
5 Pac-Man $14,107,000,000 Bandai Namco Entertainment 1980
6 Space Invaders $13,930,000,000 Taito Square Enix 1978
7 Dungeon Fighter Online $11,800,000,000 Neople Nexon 2005
8 Street Fighter $11,279,000,000 Capcom 1987
9 Final Fantasy $10,656,000,000 Square Enix 1987
10 Warcraft $10,627,000,000 Blizzard Entertainment 1994
11 CrossFire $10,600,000,000 Smilegate Tencent 2007
12 FIFA $10,189,000,000 Electronic Arts 1993
13 Grand Theft Auto $9,391,000,000 Rockstar Games 1997
14 Lineage $9,319,000,000 NCsoft 1998
15 League of Legends $8,398,000,000 Riot Games Tencent 2009
16 Monster Strike $7,236,000,000 Mixi 2013
17 Puzzle & Dragons $7,083,000,000 GungHo Online Entertainment 2012
18 Fantasy Westward Journey $6,524,000,000 NetEase 2001
19 Digimon $6,358,000,000 Bandai Namco Entertainment 1997
20 Honor of Kings/Arena of Valor $6,388,000,000 Tencent Games 2015
21 Sonic the Hedgehog $6,228,000,000 Sega 1991
22 Dragon Quest $6,015,000,000 Square Enix 1986
23 Clash of Clans $6,000,000,000 Supercell 2012
24 Pro Evolution Soccer/Winning Eleven $5,648,000,000 Konami 1995
25 Dragon Ball $5,585,000,000 Bandai Namco Entertainment 1986
26 Halo $5,000,000,000 Microsoft 2001
27 Candy Crush Saga $4,964,000,000 King 2012
28 Star Wars $4,944,000,000 The Walt Disney Company 1982
29 Assassin’s Creed $4,091,000,000 Ubisoft 2007
30 Madden NFL $4,000,000,000 Electronic Arts 1988
31 Need for Speed $4,000,000,000 Electronic Arts 1994
32 Gran Turismo $4,000,000,000 Sony Interactive Entertainment 1997
33 Monster Hunter $3,704,000,000 Capcom 2004
34 Resident Evil $3,614,000,000 Capcom 1996
35 Skylanders $3,500,000,000 Activision 2011
36 Fate $3,486,000,000 Type-Moon Sony Music Entertainment Japan 2004
37 The Legend of Zelda $3,436,000,000 Nintendo 1986
38 Tomb Raider $3,122,000,000 Square Enix 1996
39 Super Smash Bros. $3,054,000,000 Nintendo 1999
40 MapleStory $3,004,000,000 Wizet Nexon 2003
41 Battlefield $2,740,000,000 Electronic Arts 2002
42 Minecraft $2,735,000,000 Mojang 2011
43 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds $2,558,000,000 Bluehole Tencent 2017
44 Metal Gear $2,513,000,000 Konami 1987
45 The Sims $2,500,000,000 Electronic Arts 2000
46 Fortnite $2,489,000,000 Epic Games Tencent 2017
47 Clash Royale $2,000,000,000 Supercell 2016
48 Guitar Hero $2,000,000,000 Activision 2005
49 Lego $2,000,000,000 The Lego Group 1995
50 Mortal Kombat $1,878,000,000 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 1992

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_video_game_franchises

What Is the Biggest Gaming Franchise of All Time?

By a long shot, the best-selling video game franchise is Pokémon, with revenue of about $90 billion. Not only is it the biggest video game franchise, but it’s also the highest-grossing media franchise in general. It should be pointed out, however, that only a small portion of their revenue has been from video games; the franchise makes far more from merchandising. It’s made $3.36 billion on mobile game sales and $13.78 billion from console and hand-held game sales.

The Top 10 Best-Selling Video Game Franchises of All Time

  1. Pokémon — $90 billion
    The highest-grossing video game franchise may have earned most of its money from merchandising, but Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow still ranks seventh among the top-selling video games of all time, topping out at 47,520,000 copies.
  2. Mario — $30.25 billion
    Arguably the most recognizable video game character in the world, Mario has made Nintendo a lot of money over the years, with the Super Mario series alone bringing in nearly $15.9 billion. Since his inception in 1981, this character has hopped all over the world in many formats.
  3. Call of Duty — $17 billion
    This franchise’s Black Ops 4 title alone brought in $1 billion in sales, with its WWII title doing the same in 2017. It’s widely considered in the industry to be a blockbuster, and it only seems to gain more traction over time.
  4. Wii — $14.808 billion
    Yes, it’s true that the Wii is a console, but it’s also its own branch of video games, with series like Wii Sports, Wii Play, and Wii Fit grabbing a novice gamer audience in a family-focused environment.
  5. Pac-Man — $14.107 billion
    The arcade game that was an absolute blast in the 1980s is still kicking, with many throwback titles and new puzzle games still promoting the world’s favorite pellet-muncher.
  6. Space Invaders — $13.93 billion
    This is the oldest game on our top ten list. Originating in 1978, Space Invaders is a classic game that’s still popular every time it’s re-released. Gamers, it seems, are almost always on call to stop a new invasion, but some invaders have managed to infiltrate the real world!
  7. Dungeon Fighter Online — $11.8 billion
    The next on our list of top video game franchises may be one most non-gamer Americans have not heard of, since “DFO” is a hugely popular South Korean multi-player “beat-’em-up” game. Nevertheless, it has about 600 million players worldwide.
  8. Street Fighter — $11.279 billion
    One of the biggest game franchises that’s famous for its movies, games, and crossovers, Street Fighter is arguably the most popular fighting-style video game of all time, beating out its popular competitor Mortal Kombat by nearly $10 billion.
  9. Final Fantasy — $10.656 billion
    An absolute titan of the gaming world, this is arguably the top role-playing game among the best-selling franchises. This critically acclaimed series has created a legacy and set a standard that all other RPGs strive for.
  10. Warcraft — $10.627 billion
    For Americans, this is the big name in MMORPGs among the biggest video game franchises, with famous titles like Hearthstone, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and, of course, the famous World of Warcraft (aka WoW). Gamers have been adventuring in Azeroth since 2004.

Check out some of the other most profitable video game franchises in history, too: How many of your favorites made the top 50?


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