CD PROJEKT RED
ABOUT Country: Poland www.cdprojektred.com
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt has been a big business driver for CD Projekt – which, don’t forget, also owns digital distribution platform GoG.com. The acclaimed RPG has made around $200m after just four months on the market. Around a quarter of its sales and users are on Steam, with the rest of the revenue split between console sales in Europe and the rest of the world. The game was also a critical hit as well, with an average of 92 on Metacritic, proving CD Projekt’s decision to delay the long-in-development title was worth it. Attention now turns to the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077.
ABOUT Country: Sweden (Mojang) / Scotland (4J Studios) www.mojang.com www.4jstudios.com
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Perhaps a surprisingly low position for the domineering kids game, but we’re only taking software revenues into account. Our estimate pegs sales at something nearing $200m. A good chunk of the credit goes to Scottish outfit 4J for creating the console ports, hence the shared entry. If you’re looking for the wider value of Minecraft in general, to both new owner Microsoft and its partners, it’s likely at least five times the software revenue once you take merchandising, events, other licensing plus incremental revenue – such as advertising cash the series has made for YouTubers – into account. STUDIO HOTLIST