The video gaming industry is one that has really exploded in the past decade or so. Technology has been a huge part of what has pushed the industry to its massive share today, but it’s also been about creative and talented developers who have come up with a vision and really seen it through.
With so much mass market appeal for video games around the world, there are a massive number that have managed to make more than $1 million. All you have to do is take a look at the numbers, which show that in 2017 the industry brought in more than $109 billion, and it's clear why so many of these games are managing to hit the $1 million mark.
It’s also become extremely easy for players to access these high-grossing games, and our site has a big collection. It’s a one-stop shop for all the most buzz-worthy games out there.
So which games are the pathway to success? Come join us here and let’s take a closer look at the highest grossing video games in history that have made millions, and the developers a millionaire.
Donkey Kong: The stubborn ape that brought in the bucks
We can't make a list of video games that broke the mold and made a whole lot of money without going back to some of the originals. Donkey Kong was an arcade/NES/Coleco offering that was introduced in 1981. Since then it has gone on to make a mind-blowing $4.4 billion. This game remains a classic today and is still a crowd-pleaser.
Grand Theft Auto V: The real star of Rockstar Games
Now here's a game that made a massive impact not just on the industry, but for the developers, Rockstar Games. This game made its developer very rich and very happy millionaires overnight! This game was released back in 2013 and made $1 billion in its first three days of sale. It sold 80 million copies. It also set a record for the second-most expensive game of all time to develop, coming in at $272 million. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the only game that has cost more to develop, coming in at $279 million.
Minecraft: The sandbox empire built in 6 days
For those with kids of the pre-teen or teenage age group, then there's a good chance you're well aware of the allure that Minecraft offers. Developed by Mojang, this game has sold an unbelievable 122 million copies since its release in 2011. It's a sandbox game and is played all around the world. Now here's the really shocking part, this massive hit was developed in just six days, which is shocking when you look at its success.
Tetris: From puzzle to cult classic
No classic games list is complete without this cult favorite. While people are quick to think about all the big hits of today, you may be surprised to learn just how well the classics continue to do. Released in 1984 and developed by Elektronorgtechnica/Spectrum Holobyte, Tetris is a game that has gone on to sell 170 million copies around the world. It was created by a man named Alexey Pajitnov during his time spent working at the Academy of Science of the Soviet Union. Tetris became the very first game to come out of the USSR to be released in the United States, and went on to become the cult classic that it is.
A Taste of the Best in the Gaming Industry
This is just a small glimpse of the many games that have gone on to make more than $1 million, and as technology continues to evolve, you can expect that list to keep on growing.