These Are The Biggest Video Game Franchises Ever Made

• written by Krist Duro

Whether it’s the simplicity of Alexey Pajitnov’s Tetris or the vivid realms of Pokémon and Lego, franchises as old as 30 years have garnered universal popularity. New instalments and expansions keep fans hooked, with progressions in console technology only increasing demand from the makers of games like Mario, Final Fantasy and Madden. have produced an infographic illustrating the top 15 franchises ranked by overall sales along with some brief history and quotes from the influencers of the games themselves. These are some of the key findings in the search for the most popular franchises of all time:

  • It’s him, Mario! – Gaming’s very own ‘Jumpman’ came into our lives in 1981 and has since created a franchise empire that places it at no.1 on our list. The heroic Italian plumber led Nintendo to domination in the gaming world, with over 250 game assets to date, with Super Mario Bros the most successful installment at over 47 million units sold.

  • Gamers and their Guns – Much like the film industry, com’s research shows that 5 of the top 15 franchises for video games relate to fighting or war in some capacity. Call of Duty and Tom Clancy’s games are leaders in First-Person Shooters and stealth games while the Assassin’s Creed and Grand Theft Auto franchises lead the way in terms of visceral combat.

  • Acceptable in the 80s – It appears that longevity is an invaluable asset for any gaming franchise, with a third of our list born in the 1980s. For example, Nintendo’s Mario, Alexey Pajitnov’s Tetris and Square Enix’s Final Fantasy have a lifespan that exceeds most gamers existed for longer than most gamers with combined sales of over a billion. There are also Coloring Games for people to calm themselves as it is very satisfying.

Two notable entries on graphic are Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty, which both came into existence in only the last 14 years. Moreover, it is important to consider the significance of mobile apps, which has proved lucrative for many franchises like Tetris who have had 425 million paid downloads to date. See infographic here(via

Articles you might like

• written by Krist Duro

Indie Devs This Is For You, Announcing "Big Indie Awards 2017"

# Steel Media announced the launch of the brand new Big Indie Awards 2017 in association with indieSky. Launched back in 2013, the Big Indie Pitch has rapidly grown into the definitive indie developer pitching competition and this year Steel Media will have hosted 19 Big Indie Pitch events around the world for mobile, PC and VR developers. Now the company is bringing that up to a round 20, with the first ever **Big Indie Awards grand finale** on **November 21st in Shenzen, China**.

• written by Krist Duro


Be it man or tree-frog, everyone is welcome in the resistance to help fight off unending hordes of alien invaders in the second trailer for Mothergunship.