To start the year 2022 moving the market, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard in a US$ 70 billion deal (about R$ 389 billion at the current price). Thus, the company responsible for Xbox will become one of the biggest when it comes to games for PC, console and mobile devices. Fortunately, there are other giants that continue to fight for their place in the market, including big names like Sony, the owner of the PlayStation brand, and Nintendo.
With the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the market value of the company led by Satya Nadella is expected to increase considerably. However, Sony and Nintendo still account for a large portion of the gaming industry.
Microsoft is the creator of the most used operating system around the worldSource: Unsplash
Therefore, the TecMundo gathered some important details related to the companies’ market values. The three still have a lot of strength in their respective niches, like Nintendo with its games aimed at children and longtime fans.
Valuation figures are retained from CompaniesMarketCap’s database as of January 2020 and may vary. After all, the financial market is constantly moving: the purchase of Activision Blizzard, for example, reduced Sony’s market value by US$ 20 billion, for example.
Microsoft – Market Cap: $2.272 Trillion
If the agreement with Activision Blizzard is concluded, Microsoft will be responsible for classic franchises such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, among others. However, the billion-dollar deal should only be finalized in June 2023, and the sale will only take place after the US government approves the deal.
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The last year can be considered one of the best for the company’s games division, as overall revenue increased by 32.8% between July 2020 and June 2021, reaching US$ 15.37 billion in the year. At the same time, sales of Xbox Series X e Series S increased hardware revenue by 92% and the company had the best period for the services and digital games division — currently, Xbox Game Pass already has 25 million subscribers.
According to data from the portal CompaniesMarketCap, Microsoft is currently valued at US$ 2.272 trillion (about R$ 12.1 trillion) and it is even bigger than Brazil’s GDP, valued at US$ 1.445 trillion (about R$ 7.7 trillion) — in comparison, until 2010, the company’s market value was US$ 250 billion.
The number is huge and is second only to Apple, considered the most valuable company in the world. It is important to note, however, that much of this number is not directly linked to the games division, which makes the company lag behind competitors in the sector, even with its colossal size.
Sony – market cap: $143.58 billion
Sony is also one of the world’s leading technology companies and offers solutions in several areas, such as its professional cameras and TVs sector, among others. Regarding the games division, until October 2021, the PlayStation 5 had already sold more than 13.4 million units around the world since the console’s launch in November 2020.
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Between July and September 2021 alone, more than 3.3 million PS5 units were sold and thus the company raised a total of $5.86 billion during the period. According to data from the last fiscal year, PlayStation accounts for 27% of Sony’s total revenue, moving revenue of approximately US$ 25.03 billion.
Until then, the Japanese company has a market value of US$ 143.58 billion (about R$ 794.2 billion) and is ranked 94th on the list of the most valuable companies in the world. In 2010, Sony was valued at $33 billion.
Nintendo – market cap: $54.77 billion
In the last year, Nintendo had already sold more than 89 million units of the Switch and, possibly, has already reached the 100 million mark in 2022. Even so, it was not a good year for the gaming giant, as the market was affected by the lack of components and the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus — unfortunately, the covid-19 has affected the entire electronics market around the world.
Nintendo SwitchSource: Unsplash
Nintendo closed its last fiscal year in March 2021 with revenue of around $16 billion, guaranteeing a 34% growth over the previous year, in addition to a record profit of US$ 6 billion. The company has as a big bet the investments in consolidated franchises and the Switch console, but it expects drops in its numbers because of the pandemic.
Currently, Nintendo’s market value is around US$ 54.77 billion (about R$ 302.3 billion). Until 2010, the company was valued at US$ 35 billion and, in February 2021, the value reached a high of US$ 77 billion.