The Video gaming industry is a multi billion-dollar business, that spans decades. In 2020 alone, the revenue from the global PC gaming market was estimated to be $37 billion, while the mobile gaming market generated an estimated income of over $77 billion.
Some of the major players in the video gaming industry are Tencent, Sony and Apple, each generating billions of dollars in revenue every year.
This article looks at some of the top Entrepreneurs making a difference in the Video Gaming industry.
Mark Jonathan Pincus is an American Internet Entrepreneur and the founder of Zynga, a mobile social gaming company. Within four years of launching Zynga, Mark took the organization public and got an initial offering of $1 billion. In addition to Zynga, Mark is also the founder of Freeloader Inc., Support.com and Tribe.net.
Palmer Luckey is an American Entrepreneur who developed the first prototype of a virtual reality device at 18. He founded Oculus VR and raised $2 million on Kickstarter, then Palmer sold the company to Facebook for $2 billion in 2015. He also designed the Oculus Rift In 2017, and founded a defense contractor company called Anduril Industries, which is focused on autonomous drones and sensors for military applications.
Tim Sweeney is an American video game programmer and businessman, who founded Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite. He also developed Unreal Engine, a game engine that allows game developers to work in 3D virtual worlds, taking advantage of advanced tools for free.
Ping Wang and Vickie Yanjuan Chen
Ping Wang and Vickie Yanjuan Chen are two entrepreneurs to watch out for in the gaming space. They are the co-founders of the gaming startup AviaGames, and have successfully raised $40 million for their upcoming mission. Their goal is to create an all-inclusive platform for global game competitions. Their startup was founded in the year 2017, and in 2019 they launched a successful gaming platform known as Pocket7Games.
Rina Onur Sirinoglu
Rina Onur Sirinoglu is the CEO and co-founder of a mobile gaming startup called Spyke Games. She is also the co-founder of Peak Games, an Istanbul-based mobile gaming company, that she successfully helped grow. Peak Games was finally sold to Zynga for $2 billion. Rina's goal is to create one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, and she wants to include women in the process of developing games.
Amber Dalton is a hardcore gamer and senior director of sales at Twitch. She is ranked in some of the top games like Halo 2 and Gears of War. Amber coordinates and brings together influencers and gamers for events all around the world. She is also the co-founder of PMS Clan, a community made up of competitive females in the gaming industry. PMS Clan was founded by Amber and her twin sister Amy Brady in 2002.
Nicole Lazzaro is the founder of XEOPlay, a company she created to make social games that help improve the quality of life. Nicole spent most of her time exploring the design of player experience, which led her to form the 4 Keys 2 Fun. This includes hard fun, easy fun, serious fun, and people fun, which describe challenge, curiosity, excitement, and amusement, respectively. Her in-depth understanding of player gaming experience has helped her create some of the best games ever.
Noor Al-khadra is an entrepreneur and founder of Robonetica, a platform that helps kids learn how to code robots through video games. She is also the founder of WeGeek Ltd, a company that creates social gaming events.
Noor entered the world of game creation in 2018, but she has been influenced by games from the early age of six. In her career she has broken multiple stereotypes surrounding the gender of a gamer. In 2019, she launched a YouTube channel where she reviews multiple games and tech-based devices.
Stephanie Ijoma is a Games consultant and the founder of NNESAGA, an inclusive gaming and entertainment group. NNESAGA works behind the scenes to ensure that equal opportunities for the minority within the games industry are met.
She is also the CEO of ION, the UK’s first Black-owned gamer marketing agency.