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The goal of this thread is to have a leaderboard of annual operating incomes across the board to show who has had some of the best and worst years, financially, in the history of gaming. I will include operating income data from every year obtainable for any gaming company. My goal is to include all independent gaming companies, as time permits me. It is difficult, so hopefully, you are patient (if you desire this sort of data at all, like I do).

Why is it difficult? The data is scattered all over the place, some data may not be locatable anymore for some companies (especially if the company went out of business a long time ago). Some of the data is in Yen, so I have to convert it to dollars, then adjust it for inflation. The operating income of games for some companies is merged with other divisions, making it even harder to get precise information.

I will be updating as time permits, especially if enough are interrested in this sort of data. I prefer to look at actual dollars to see which gaming companies are dominating, rather than software/hardware sales figures, because those figures aren't all sold at the same level of profit as other companies.Anyway, here is data I've gathered so far:

*All Numbers adjusted to 2000 inflation levels for future proofing.

*Massive thanks to @liquidninja for getting this going back in 2009 and the data collected https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread/57802/profit-numbers-nintendo-sony-game-segment-and-microsoft-edd-segment/1/

Operating Incomes
Playstation Nintendo SEGA Microsoft
Year
1981 $37,884,758.00
1982 $170,954,878.00
1983 $145,611,490.00
1984 $117,767,348.00
1985 $133,179,768.00
1986 $354,123,078.00
1987 $457,889,501.00
1988 $704,221,784.00
1989 $622,636,094.00
1990 $590,718,252.00
1991 $1,241,493,322.00
1992 $1,361,786,370.00
1993 $1,524,353,583.00 $69,275,000.00
1994 $1,118,298,498.00 $104,377,368.00
1995 $1,081,500,066.00 $139,735,102.00
1996 -$102,608,240.00 $825,859,720.00 $321,879,006.00
1997 $545,322,477.00 $622,209,648.00 $538,804,895.00
1998 $1,008,054,321.00 $1,101,302,966.00 $456,807,089.00
1999 $1,109,697,380.00 $1,270,305,694.00 $325,150,645.00
2000 $693,184,350.00 $1,306,720,300.00 $309,992,560.00
2001 -$450,569,647.00 $746,545,198.00 $270,704,617.00 -$1,060,440,678.00
2002 $635,722,532.68 $913,549,726.00 $109,092,596.00 -$1,594,692,607.00
2003 $865,568,101.00 $769,270,932.00 $15,378,733.00 -$810,463,043.00
2004 $546,424,566.00 $870,706,838.00 -$331,445,838.00 -$855,074,643.00
2005 $354,755,277.00 $916,447,025.00 -$415,539,920.00 -$891,419,355.00
2006 $66,129,413.00 $682,981,972.00 $14,784,730.00 -$396,333,333.00
2007 -$1,651,640,692.00 $1,606,845,737.00 $12,717,443.00 -$1,103,750,326.00
2008 -$874,167,398.00 $3,421,390,847.00 -$41,937,401.00 -$1,612,402,986.00
2009 -$469,362,730.00 $4,456,867,049.00 -$6,324,666.00 $214,309,886.00
2010 -$568,000,000.00 $1,986,000,000.00 $53,741,821.00
2011 $236,000,000.00 $713,000,000.00 $18,128,008.00
2012 -$1,491,000,000.00 -$412,000,000.00 -$137,894,751.00
2013 $11,000,000.00 $64,000,000.00 -$5,504,037.00
2014 -$119,000,000.00 -$169,000,000.00 $14,140,601.00
2015 $302,000,000.00 $277,000,000.00 $24,239,892.00
2016 $550,000,000.00 $98,000,000.00 $23,359,784.00
2017 $827,000,000.00 $634,000,000.00 $98,777,781.00
2018 $1,050,000,000.00 $861,000,000.00 $128,828,040.00
2019 $1,813,000,000.00 $1,176,000,000.00 $83,555,384.00
2020 $1,376,000,000.00 $1,583,000,000.00 $138,965,587.00
2021 $2,798,000,000.00 $156,656,630.00
Playstation Nintendo SEGA Microsoft
All Time $6,263,509,710.68 $38,782,422,442.00 $2,490,446,699.00 -$8,110,267,085.00

All Time Ranking
Year Operting Income
NIN 2009 $4,456,867,049.00
NIN 2008 $3,421,390,847.00
NIN 2021 $2,798,000,000.00
NIN 2010 $1,986,000,000.00
PS 2019 $1,813,000,000.00
NIN 2007 $1,606,845,737.00
NIN 2020 $1,583,000,000.00
NIN 1993 $1,524,353,583.00
PS 2020 $1,376,000,000.00
NIN 1992 $1,361,786,370.00
NIN 2000 $1,306,720,300.00
NIN 1999 $1,270,305,694.00
NIN 1991 $1,241,493,322.00
NIN 2019 $1,176,000,000.00
NIN 1994 $1,118,298,498.00
PS 1999 $1,109,697,380.00
NIN 1998 $1,101,302,966.00
NIN 1995 $1,081,500,066.00
PS 2018 $1,050,000,000.00
PS 1998 $1,008,054,321.00
NIN 2005 $916,447,025.00
NIN 2002 $913,549,726.00
NIN 2004 $870,706,838.00
PS 2003 $865,568,101.00
NIN 2018 $861,000,000.00
PS 2017 $827,000,000.00
NIN 1996 $825,859,720.00
NIN 2003 $769,270,932.00
NIN 2001 $746,545,198.00
NIN 2011 $713,000,000.00
NIN 1988 $704,221,784.00
PS 2000 $693,184,350.00
NIN 2006 $682,981,972.00
PS 2002 $635,722,532.68
NIN 2017 $634,000,000.00
NIN 1989 $622,636,094.00
NIN 1997 $622,209,648.00
NIN 1990 $590,718,252.00
PS 2016 $550,000,000.00
PS 2004 $546,424,566.00
PS 1997 $545,322,477.00
SEGA 1997 $538,804,895.00
NIN 1987 $457,889,501.00
SEGA 1998 $456,807,089.00
PS 2005 $354,755,277.00
NIN 1986 $354,123,078.00
SEGA 1999 $325,150,645.00
SEGA 1996 $321,879,006.00
SEGA 2000 $309,992,560.00
PS 2015 $302,000,000.00
NIN 2015 $277,000,000.00
SEGA 2001 $270,704,617.00
PS 2011 $236,000,000.00
MS 2009 $214,309,886.00
NIN 1982 $170,954,878.00
SEGA 2021 $156,656,630.00
NIN 1983 $145,611,490.00
SEGA 1995 $139,735,102.00
SEGA 2020 $138,965,587.00
NIN 1985 $133,179,768.00
SEGA 2018 $128,828,040.00
NIN 1984 $117,767,348.00
SEGA 2002 $109,092,596.00
SEGA 1994 $104,377,368.00
SEGA 2017 $98,777,781.00
NIN 2016 $98,000,000.00
SEGA 2019 $83,555,384.00
SEGA 1993 $69,275,000.00
PS 2006 $66,129,413.00
NIN 2013 $64,000,000.00
SEGA 2010 $53,741,821.00
NIN 1981 $37,884,758.00
SEGA 2015 $24,239,892.00
SEGA 2016 $23,359,784.00
SEGA 2011 $18,128,008.00
SEGA 2003 $15,378,733.00
SEGA 2006 $14,784,730.00
SEGA 2014 $14,140,601.00
SEGA 2007 $12,717,443.00
PS 2013 $11,000,000.00
SEGA 2009 -$6,324,666.00
SEGA 2013 -$5,504,037.00
SEGA 2008 -$41,937,401.00
SEGA 2012 -$137,894,751.00
PS 1996 -$102,608,240.00
PS 2014 -$119,000,000.00
NIN 2014 -$169,000,000.00
SEGA 2004 -$331,445,838.00
MS 2006 -$396,333,333.00
NIN 2012 -$412,000,000.00
SEGA 2005 -$415,539,920.00
PS 2001 -$450,569,647.00
PS 2009 -$469,362,730.00
PS 2010 -$568,000,000.00
MS 2003 -$810,463,043.00
MS 2004 -$855,074,643.00
PS 2008 -$874,167,398.00
MS 2005 -$891,419,355.00
MS 2001 -$1,060,440,678.00
MS 2007 -$1,103,750,326.00
PS 2012 -$1,491,000,000.00
MS 2002 -$1,594,692,607.00
MS 2008 -$1,612,402,986.00
PS 2007 -$1,651,640,692.00

Top to Bottom: Most Operating Income to Least Operating Income

Left to Right: Operating Incomes 1981 - Present

Collective Operating Income Per Company

*SEGA = Operating Income of Consumer Business SEGMENT until 2016. In 2016 it is now under the Entertainment Content Segment.
*Figures for SEGA/Nintendo/Playstation/Microsoft up to 2009 also accounted for currency exchange. The rest will only be if they include $$ amounts in addition to home currency.
*All figures adjusted for 2000 inflation levels
*In 2010 Sony started merging Game and PC and Other Networked Businesses together under "Networked Products & Services" category. In 2013 they seperated Game into its own division again.

Last edited by Dulfite - on 15 January 2022