Saturday, March 24, 2018

Who owns Who? PC Gaming Companies

The purpose of these info-graphics are to simplify the answer to that question for PC gamers - Who owns what?  For people that say they are going to boycott all EA games, that's going to include Pop Cap's Bejeweled, and Maxis The Sims games.  If you are boycotting Call of Duty, maybe you should lay off on the Starcraft and World or Warcraft.  Know where your money goes.

Here's an update to the 2013 infographic.  With the American economy bouncing back, as US companies reclaim some of its brand, though many scars were left behind.  Consolidation and belt tightning was a key part of the recovery.  China publisher Tencent puts their prints on many brand as a distributor.  French company Vivendi looses their grip on much of the industry.


  • PC developers only listed, so many developers will be missing (such as Sony devs).
  • Must have developed a PC game in the last 5 years, some developers that made PC games, have converted to console/mobile market only.
  • Graphic based on ownership only, not publishing deals.
  • If parent company is in the name, it is not displayed, such as EA Sports, EA Canada, etc.
  • Services are selective, such as Pogo.
  • Display the current ownership between developers and their parent companies.  This does not cover the history, past buyouts, mergers, or closures.
  • Individual companies are not listed.
  • Flag represents the parent companies country.
infographic of major video game holders.  page 1 of 2

infographic of major video game holders.  page 2 of 2

  • Valve buys out Campo Santo - 2018
  • Bigben Interactive buys Cyanide Studio
  • Gas Powered Games will shutdown
  • Nordisk Film buys Avalanche
  • Microsoft buys Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, and opens The Initiative. Also buys Obsidian, inXile, Double Fine
  • Paradox acquires Harebrained Schemes
  • Sumo Digital buys The Chinese Room & CCP Newcastle
  • THQ Nordic buys Bugbear, Warhorse, and Coffee Stain Studios.
  • Starbreeze (sweden) owns  Overkill and 90% Dhruva
  • Vivendi no longer has shares in Ubisoft 
  • Supernova Capital bought Flying Wild Hog
  • Leyou buy Splash Damage 
  • Psyonix bought by Epic 
  • Sega buys Two Point Studio 
  • THQ Nordic buys Piranha Bytes  
  • T2 starts up Private Division 
  •  Human Head shutdown, reforms as Roundhouse Studios under
  • 2K spins up Cloud Chamber 
  • Paradox acquires Triumph Studios
  • Sony buys 1.4% of Epic 
  • Microsoft buys ZeniMax 
  • Perfect World owns Echtra Games
  • Devolver Digital buys Croteam
  • Take-2 buys Slightly Mad
  • EA buys CodeMasters
  • Tencent buys Leyeu

No comments: