BIG FISH GAMES
ABOUT Country: United States www.bigfishgames.com
With a wide portfolio of games – encompassing everything from hidden object to match-three titles – there’s no single standout product that accounts for what must be around $300m in revenues a year generated by Big Fish Games. Now, while we’ve ignored a lot of pure gambling or gambling-like apps that clog up the various app stores out there when compiling this list, it’s worth noting that Big Fish Games is heading deeper into this territory. The company was acquired at a valuation of $885m a year ago by casino and racetrack firm Churchill Downs.
TOYS FOR BOB / VICARIOUS VISIONS / BEENOX
ABOUT Country: United States (Toys For Bob, Vicarious Visions) / Canada (Beenox) www.toysforbob.com www.vvisions.com www.beenox.com
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This is a three-pronged entry for the cluster of studios that between them are in charge of another billion-dollar Activision franchise: Skylanders. However, it must be noted, we’ve only gone for software revenue, not the money made from sales of the toys required to play the game. This would no doubt propel them much further up the list. Even without the combined figure of games and toys, $275m from just the software is not to be rubbished, even if the Skylanders franchise has faced both decreasing consumer interest and stiff competition from Disney Infinity and now Lego Dimensions, too. STUDIO HOTLIST