Most successful video games of all time

Most successful video games of all time
Most successful video games of all time

The computer and video game industry, also referred to as the interactive entertainment industry, is the economic sector involved in the development, marketing and monetization of video games.

The thriving industry, which accounts for the third-largest segment of entertainment behind broadcast and cable TV, encompasses several job disciplines and employs thousands of people worldwide.

Since the release of the first commercially successful video game Pong in 1972 on the Atari platform, video games have been a common staple in many homes as a source of entertainment.

With the advent of the mobile phone, video games have continued to bring a source of entertainment to the worldwide masses.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, the U.S. video game industry directly and indirectly employs more than 220,000 people. Employment in the video game industry grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent, more than double the rate of the U.S. job market.

The video game industry added $11.7 billion to U.S. GDP in 2015. Americans spent $30.4 billion on video games, hardware, and accessories in 2016.

According to the latest Internet Trends report by venture capitalist Mary Meeker, there are 2.6 billion gamers in the world today. The best-selling video games in the world of all time are a mix of classics and current-generation staples. Seven of the top ten successful video games of all time were developed or published by Nintendo.

Here is a list of the ten most successful video games.