Computer games are a major part of the entertainment industry. Millions of players around the world have grown up playing video games, and most gamers will continue to play them for years to come. The following is a list of some famous computer game companies that have contributed greatly to this field.
1. Atari Incorporated:
One of the first and most famous computer game companies personal computer manufacturers, Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in 1972 with help from Al Alcorn. They are best known for creating Pong, one of the earliest arcade video games, but also created many other popular titles including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and Tempest among others which combined arcade-style gameplay with home gaming consoles like the Atari 2600 or Intellivision. They also popularized and dominated the early 80’s home video game market with games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600.
2. Blizzard Entertainment:
Blizzard is an American video game developer known for its real-time strategy, role-playing, and multiplayer online game titles. Popular series by the company include Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo as well as their most recent title World of Warcraft. Blizzard was founded in 1991 by Allen Adham and Michael Morhaime as Silicon & Synapse but changed their name to blizzard a year later after releasing their first product – a turn-based PC RPG called The Lost Vikings. Blizzard went public on 23 Oct 1997 during a period of great prosperity in the PC gaming industry which saw many other companies including 3D Realms and id Software becoming publicly traded.
A Japanese video game developer and one of the best computer game companies that began in 1979 as a jukebox rental and repair service called Japan Capsule Computers, later they became known for their arcade games including Mega Man, Street Fighter, Resident Evil among others before moving onto Sony Playstation consoles with titles like Resident Evil 4. Capcom also produced the hit Wii title Monster Hunter 3 which proved to be unstoppable at retail with over 8 million copies shipped since January 2010. The company was listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on May 8th, 2003 under code 7697.
4. Electronic Arts:
One of the world’s largest computer software companies that have created many popular titles for home PCs and consoles, EA was founded in May 1982 by Trip Hawkins as ‘Amazin’ Software but changed the name to Electronic Arts a year later. They are best known for producing The Sims, Mass Effect, Battlefield, and their latest game Medal of Honor which has had mixed reception with gamers. Electronic Arts are also one of the few companies that have consistently produced sports games over the decades beginning with titles like Wayne Gretzky Hockey and FIFA International Soccer.
5. Epic Games:
One of the leading developers for home computers including Apple Macs and PCs as well as video game consoles like Sony Playstation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii U. Their most popular franchise is Gears of War which was highly successful on both Xbox 360 and PC platforms though it was on the Playstation 3 that they reached their full potential with over 4 million Gears of War titles sold since 2008. Epic Games was first established as Potomac Computer Systems in 1991 by Tim Sweeney but changed their name two years later due to a naming conflict with another company before going public on 22 Jun 1998 under the symbol of EPIC.
Computer game companies are a multi-billion dollar industry, and it’s only going to grow as technology advances. If you have the skills or know someone that does, this may be an excellent opportunity for you to get into a lucrative field with lots of potential for growth and advancement.