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List of highest-grossing video game franchises

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This is a list of the highest-grossing video game franchises that have grossed at least $1 billion in revenue.

List[edit]

At least $10 billion[edit]

Franchise Year of inception Lifetime revenue Revenue breakdown (est.) Franchise owner(s) Original platform(s) Original genre(s)
Call of Duty 2003 est. $18.132 billion (as of 2019) Activision PC Shooter
(FPS)
Dungeon Fighter Online
(DFO)
2005 $15 billion (as of 2020)[5] Neople (Nexon)
Tencent
PC Beat 'em up
Action RPG
MMORPG
Mario 1981 est. $14.349 billion (as of 2019) Nintendo Arcade Platformer
(2D platformer)
Pac-Man 1980 est. $14.107 billion (as of 2016) Bandai Namco Entertainment Arcade Action
(Maze)
Space Invaders 1978 est. $13.93 billion (as of 2016)
  • Space Invaders$13.93 billion[19]
Taito
(Square Enix)
Arcade Shooter
(Shoot 'em up)
Wii series 2006 est. $12.33 billion (as of 2017)
  • Wii Sports$6.08 billion[19]
  • Wii Fit$5 billion[16]
  • Wii Play$1.25 billion[23]
Nintendo Wii Simulation
(Sports)
Exergaming
CrossFire 2007 est. $12 billion (as of 2019) Smilegate
Tencent
PC Shooter
(FPS)
Tactical shooter
FIFA 1993 est. $11.479 billion (as of 2019) Electronic Arts Sega Mega Drive Sports
(Association football)
Warcraft 1994 est. $11.026 billion (as of 2018) Blizzard Entertainment PC Strategy
(RTS)

MMORPG

Street Fighter II 1991 est. $10.61 billion (as of 2017)
  • Street Fighter II$10.61 billion[19]
Capcom Arcade Fighting
(2D fighting)
Lineage 1998 est. $10.339 billion (as of 2020) NCSoft PC
Mac
RPG
(MMORPG)
League of Legends
(LoL)
2009 est. $10.098 billion (as of 2019) Riot Games (Tencent) PC
Mac
Strategy
(MOBA)

At least $5 billion[edit]

Franchise Year of inception Lifetime revenue Revenue breakdown (est.) Franchise owner(s) Original platform(s) Original genre(s)
Grand Theft Auto
(GTA)
1997 est. $9.986 billion (as of 2019) Rockstar Games PC Action-adventure
Monster Strike 2013 est. $7.2 billion (as of 2019) Mixi Mobile Puzzle
(Physics)
JRPG
Puzzle & Dragons 2012 est. $7 billion (as of 2019) GungHo Online Entertainment Mobile Puzzle
(Tile-matching)
JRPG
Candy Crush 2012 est. $7.768 billion (as of 2020) King Browser Puzzle
(Tile-matching)
Honor of Kings
(Arena of Valor)
2015 est. $7.594 billion (as of 2020) Tencent Games Mobile Strategy
(MOBA)
Clash of Clans 2012 est. $7 billion (as of 2020)[45] Supercell (Tencent) Mobile Strategy
Westward Journey 2001 est. $6.524 billion (as of 2018) NetEase PC RPG
(MMORPG)
Dragon Quest
(mobile/arcade games)
2007 est. $1.051 billion (as of 2019) Square Enix Arcade RPG
(JRPG)
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 est. $5 billion (as of 2019)
  • Up until 2014 – $5 billion[52]
Sega Sega Mega Drive Platformer
(2D platformer)
Star Wars 1982 est. $5 billion (as of 2020) Lucasfilm
LucasArts
Atari 2600 Shooter
(Shoot 'em up)
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
(PUBG)
2017 est. $5.914 billion (as of 2020) Bluehole
Tencent
PC Battle royale
Donkey Kong 1981 est. $4.445 billion (as of 2019)
  • Donkey Kong (1981) – $4.4 billion[16]
  • Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2 (GBA) – $45 million[18]
Nintendo Arcade Platformer
(2D platformer)
Madden NFL 1988 $4 billion (as of 2013)[57] Electronic Arts Apple II Sports
(American football)
The Sims 2000 $4 billion (as of 2019)[58]
  • The Sims 4$1 billion[59]
Electronic Arts PC Simulation
(Life simulation)
Halo 2001 est. $5 billion (as of 2015)
(including console bundles)[60]
Microsoft Xbox Shooter
(FPS)

At least $2 billion[edit]

Franchise Year of inception Lifetime revenue Revenue breakdown (est.) Franchise owner(s) Original platform(s) Original genre(s)
Fortnite 2017 est. $4.582 billion (as of 2020)
  • 2017–2018 – $2.489 billion[lower-alpha 27]
  • 2019 – $1.8 billion[9]
  • 2020 (January–August) – $293 million (mobile)[62]
Epic Games PS4
Xbox One
PC
Battle royale
Need for Speed (NFS) 1994 $4 billion (as of 2014)[63] Electronic Arts 3DO Racing
(Arcade)
Gran Turismo 1997 $4 billion (as of 2017)[64] Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation Racing
(Simulation)
Assassin's Creed 2007 $4 billion (as of 2016)[65] Ubisoft PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Action-adventure
(Stealth)
Skylanders 2011 est. $3.5 billion (as of 2017)[66]
(including all media)
Activision Wii Platformer
(3D platformer)
Clash Royale 2016 est. $3 billion (as of 2020)[45] Supercell (Tencent) Mobile Strategy
(RTS)
MapleStory 2003 est. $2.981 billion (as of 2018) Wizet
Nexon
PC RPG
(MMORPG)
Overwatch 2016 est. $2.557 billion (as of 2020) Blizzard Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PC Shooter (FPS)
Fate 2004 est. $2.031 billion (as of 2020) Type-Moon
Aniplex
(Sony Music Entertainment Japan)
PC Adventure
(Visual novel)
Tom Clancy's 1987 est. $2.029 billion (as of 2019)
  • 2002–2006 – $101 million[17]
  • The Division (2016–2018) – $1.2 billion[74]
  • 2019 – $728 million[9]
Ubisoft Wii Action
NBA Jam 1993 $2 billion (as of 2010)[75] Midway Games Arcade Sports
(Basketball)
Lego 1995 $2 billion (as of 2014)[76] The Lego Group Sega Pico Educational
Guitar Hero 2005 $2 billion (as of 2010)[77] Activision PlayStation 2 Music
(Rhythm)
Watch Dogs 2014 $2 billion (as of 2020)[78] Ubisoft Multi-platform Action-adventure

At least $1 billion[edit]

Franchise Year of inception Lifetime revenue Revenue breakdown (est.) Franchise owner(s) Original platform(s) Original genre(s)
One Piece 2000 est. $1.707 billion (as of 2019) Bandai Namco Entertainment WonderSwan Strategy RPG
(Turn-based)
Black Desert Online 2015 $1.7 billion (as of 2020)[86] Kakao Games PC RPG
(MMORPG)
Final Fantasy
(online games)
2002 est. $1.655 billion (as of 2019)
  • Final Fantasy XI$501 million (profit)[87]
  • Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire$518.4 million[88]
  • Other mobile spin-offs – $636 million[lower-alpha 33]
Square Enix NES RPG
(JRPG)
Spider-Man 1982 est. $1.65 billion (as of 2018)
  • 1982–2003 – $1 billion[91]
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004) – $110 million[92]
  • Spider-Man (2018) – $540 million[93][94]
Marvel Entertainment
Sony
Atari 2600 Action
Mortal Kombat 1992 est. $1.624 billion (as of 2006)
  • Arcade (1992–2000) – $1.17 billion[95]
  • Mortal Kombat II (console) – $400 million[96]
  • Deadly Alliance (2002) – $54 million[17]
Warner Bros. Interactive Arcade Fighting
(2D fighting)
Harry Potter 2001 est. $1.555 billion (as of 2018)
  • 2001–2014 – $1.5 billion[97]
  • Hogwarts Mystery (2018) – $55 million[98]
Electronic Arts
Warner Bros. Interactive
Game Boy
PlayStation
PC
Action-adventure
Disney Tsum Tsum 2014 $1.5 billion (as of 2019)[99] Line Corporation
The Walt Disney Company
Mobile Puzzle
Fallout 1997 est. $1.45 billion (as of 2019) ZeniMax Media PC RPG
(Turn-based)
The Legend of Zelda
(Zelda no Densetsu)
1986 est. $1.407 billion (as of 2019)
  • United States retail sales (1995–2017) – $1.4 billion[104]
  • Virtual Console digital sales (2009 & 2011) – $6.7 million[lower-alpha 35]
Nintendo Famicom Disk System Action-adventure
Resident Evil
(Biohazard)
1996 est. $1.4 billion (as of 2011)[105] Capcom PlayStation Action-adventure
(Survival horror)
Red Dead 2004 est. $1.4 billion (as of 2020)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2$1.4 billion[106]
Rockstar Games PlayStation 2 / Xbox Action-adventure
The Elder Scrolls 1994 est. $1.391 billion (as of 2020)
  • Skyrim$1.39 billion[107]
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades$1.5 million[108]
ZeniMax Media PC RPG
(Action RPG)
Counter-Strike 2000 est. $1.233 billion (as of 2018)
  • CS GO (2015–2018) – $1.233 billion[109]
Valve PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC Shooter
(FPS)
Power Pros (Pro Yakyū) 1994 est. $1.159 billion (as of 2019) Konami Super Famicom Sports
(Baseball)
Dota 2003 est. $1.035 billion (as of 2019)
  • Dota 2 (2015–2017) – $904 million[110]
  • eSports (2013–2019) – $131 million[111]
Valve PC Strategy
(MOBA)
Angry Birds 2009 est. $1.001 billion (as of 2019)
(including films)
Rovio Entertainment Mobile Puzzle
(Physics)
Defender 1981 $1 billion (as of 2001)[116] Williams Electronics Arcade Shooter
(Shoot 'em up)
Tomb Raider 1996 $1 billion (as of 2012)[117] Square Enix Sega Saturn Platformer
(Puzzle-platform)
Action-adventure
Diablo 1996 $1 billion (as of 2017)[29] Blizzard Entertainment PC RPG
(Action RPG)
StarCraft 1998 $1 billion (as of 2017)[29] Blizzard Entertainment PC Strategy (RTS)
RuneScape 2001 $1 billion (as of 2018)[118] Jagex PC Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
Forza 2005 $1 billion (as of 2017)[119] Microsoft Studios Xbox Racing
(Simulation)
Gears of War 2006 $1 billion (as of 2011)[120] Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 Shooter (TPS)
Uncharted 2007 $1 billion (as of 2016)[121] Sony PlayStation 3 Action-adventure
Shooter (TPS)
Borderlands 2009 $1 billion (as of 2019)[122] 2K Games PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
RPG (Action RPG)
Shooter (FPS)
Bubble Witch 2011 $1 billion (as of 2017)[29] King Browser / Facebook Puzzle
Pet Rescue 2012 $1 billion (as of 2017)[29] King Facebook Puzzle
Farm Heroes 2013 $1 billion (as of 2017)[29] King Mobile Puzzle
Destiny 2014 $1 billion (as of 2017)[29] Bungie PlayStation / Xbox Shooter (FPS)
Heroes of the Storm 2015 $1 billion (as of 2017)[29] Blizzard Entertainment PC / Mac Strategy (MOBA)
Garena Free Fire 2017 $1 billion (as of 2019)[123] Garena Mobile Battle royale
Duke Nukem 1991 $1 billion (as of 2001)[124] 3D Realms MS-DOS Platformer

See also[edit]

  • List of best-selling video game franchises
  • List of highest-grossing media franchises
  • List of highest-grossing mobile games
  • List of most-played video games by player count

Notes[edit]

  1. Call of Duty (2017–2018)
    • Call of Duty: WWII (2017) – $1 billion[2]
    • Black Ops 4 (2018) – $1 billion[3]
  2. $8.7 billion up until 2016.[6] $1.6 billion in 2017.[7]
  3. Super Mario series:
    • As of 2002$7 billion[10]
    • Virtual Console digital sales – $15 million ($13.9 million in 2009,[11] $1.1 million in 2011)[12]
    • Super Mario Run$94 million[13]
  4. Mario Kart series:
    • Mario Kart Wii (Wii) – $1.4 billion (up until October 2013)[14]
    • Mario Kart Tour (2019) – $86 million[15]
  5. Other Mario games:
    • Donkey Kong (1981) – $4.4 billion[16]
    • United States retail sales between 2003 and 2006 – $99 million
      • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour$26 million[17]
      • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga$30 million[18]
      • Mario Party 4$43 million[17]
    • Dr. Mario World (2019) – $4.8 million[15]
  6. Other Pac-Man game sales in the United States:
    • Pac-Mania (Arcade) – $2.82 million[21]
    • Microsoft Return of Arcade (PC) – $9.5 million[22]
    • Pac-Man Collection and Namco Museum (GBA) – $62 million[18]
    • Pac-Man World 2 (PS2) – $23 million[17]
  7. $1.1 billion in 2016.[24] $1.4 billion in 2017.[7]
  8. $1.3 billion in 2018.[4] $1.4 billion in 2019.[9]
  9. $145 million digital revenue in 2014.[26] $1.876 billion revenue in 2016.[27] $896 million in 2017.[7]
  10. $1.272 billion in 2018.[4] $1.29 billion in 2019.[9]
  11. $9.23 billion up until 2017.[19] $161 million in August 2018.[28]
  12. Hearthstone:
    • 2014–2017 – $1 billion[29]
    • 2018 – $600 million[30]
  13. See Lineage (series) § Revenue
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 See List of highest-grossing mobile games § List
  15. $200 million as of 2012.[32] $624 million in 2013.[33] $946 million in 2014.[34] $1.628 billion in 2015.[35] $1.7 billion in 2016.[36]
  16. $2.1 billion in 2017.[7] $1.4 billion in 2018.[4]
  17. Grand Theft Auto franchise revenue up until 2009:
    • Up until March 2005 – $2 billion[37]
    • November 2005 to October 2008 – $1,071,429,641[38]
    • November 2008 to October 2009 – $296,357,328[39]
  18. Grand Theft Auto franchise revenue between 2012 and 2018:
    • April 2012 to March 2013 – $23.4 million[40]
    • September 2013 to April 2018 – $6 billion[41]
  19. Other Candy Crush games:
    • Candy Crush Friends Saga$200 million[43]
    • Candy Crush Jelly Saga$158 million
      • 2018 – $90 million[44]
      • 2020 (January–September) – $68 million[43]
  20. $3.9 billion up until 2015.[16] Westward Journey Online II grossed $95 million during January–April 2016.[46]
  21. Fantasy Westward Journey mobile game grossed over $800 million in China by 2016,[47] $1.5 billion worldwide in 2017,[7] and $229 million during June–October 2018.[48]
  22. Dragon Quest mobile game revenue in Japan during 2017–2019 – ¥107.45 billion ($967.15 million)
    • 2017 – ¥29.6 billion[49]
    • 2018 – ¥25.06 billion[50]
    • 2019 – ¥52.79 billion[51]
  23. See Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road § Reception.
  24. Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road revenue:
  25. $3 billion up until July 2015.[53] $1 billion during August–December 2015.[54]
  26. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds premium digital sales on PC and consoles during 2018–2019:
    • 2018 – $1.028 billion[4]
    • 2019 – $288 million[9]
  27. Fortnite (2017–2018)
    • 2017 – $89 million[61]
    • 2018 – $2.4 billion[4]
  28. $326 million in 2013.[68] $240 million in 2014.[34] $253 million in 2015.[35] $83 million in 2016.[46] $279 million in 2017.[7]
  29. MapleStory PC revenue:
  30. Overwatch reached 30 million players as of the first quarter of 2017,[70] and gained 20 million players from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019.[71] Overwatch costs about $40 per copy.
  31. Overwatch League sold 12 teams for $20m each, 8 teams for $50m each, a $90 million, two-year Twitch deal, and its two-year deals with HP Omen and Intel are worth $17 million and $10 million. Sponsorship deals are incomplete.
  32. One Piece video game revenue:
    • Between 2008 and March 2012 – ¥31,500,000,000 ($394,786,314)
      • Bandai Namco's One Piece video game revenue from April 2008 to March 2012 – ¥31.5 billion[79][80]
    • Bandai Namco's One Piece video game revenue between April 2012 and December 2018 – $1.312 billion
      • April 2012 to March 2014 – ¥47.7 billion ($471 million)[81]
      • April 2016 to March 2018 – ¥49.5 billion ($446 million)[82][83]
      • April 2018 to December 2019 – ¥43.4 billion ($391 million)[84][85]
  33. Final Fantasy spin-off sales:
    • Final Fantasy mobile game revenue in Japan during 2017 – ¥28.8 billion[49] ($259 million)
    • Final Fantasy mobile game revenue in Japan (excluding A New Empire) during 2018 – ¥21.93 billion ($197 million)[50]
    • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius English revenue during April 2018 and June–October 2018 – $31 million (including $9 million on the App Store,[89] and $22 million on Google Play)[90]
    • Final Fantasy mobile game revenue in Japan (excluding A New Empire) during 2019 – ¥10.6 billion ($95 million)[51]
  34. Fallout spin-offs:
    • New Vegas$300 million[102]
    • Fallout Shelter$100 million[103]
  35. The Legend of Zelda Virtual Console digital sales:
    • Wii Virtual Console (2009) – $4.4 million[11]
    • Link's Awakening (3DS) – $2.3 million (2011)[12]
  36. Angry Birds 2 grossed $332.5 million.[113] Angry Birds Evolution grossed over $30 million.[114]

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