My family has helped with the total of EVERY franchise on this list. We’re definitely gamers, but for these numbers, it’s not just about the game… it’s about the MERCH. These are six video game franchises that made over $10 billion and some of them haven’t been around that long. (spoiler alert: Fortnite is NOT on the list) According to Titlemax.com, there are 12 franchises that are over the 10 billion mark (Grand Theft Auto will join them shortly, I’m sure). A more recent list of top video game franchises was released, but I don’t think their figures include merch, movies, etc. You can check out the 2023 list on apptrigger.com
Video games and rock albums aren’t that different with respect to the potential to re-buy your favorites. How many times have you bought a favorite album on vinyl, cassette, CD, and mp3? (Thank God radio is free) We’ve bought Mario party a good three times. Wii, Switch, PS2, PS3, etc. I’m pretty sure I could have already retired on my own private island if we hadn’t spent so much money on video games through the years. #hindsight
While I recognize the cash out the door for video games, I also have to say that we really enjoyed them. My kids aren’t so into board games, but we’ve played video games together for most of their lives. I recently asked our listeners who their favorite video game characters are. HERE are the results, if you would like to check them out.