3 answers

What are some companies that manufacture video games?

Asked Winterset, Iowa

My friend and I are working on a project for entrepreneurship class. #games #video-game-production

3 answers

Wes’s Answer

Updated Haslet, Texas

The companies that mass produce the discs are "first-party" companies: Sony (for PlayStation consoles or handhelds), Microsoft (Xbox), and Nintendo (Wii). For PC titles, it's usually the publisher's responsibility for mass-producing the actual discs. Example publishers are listed in Geoff's answer above.

Whether or not these companies outsource the actual manufacturing or whether they have an in-house division, I'm not sure. When I worked at EA making console games, we would finish the game on our side and then submit it to the first-party (Sony, Microsoft, and/or Nintendo) for verification. Once it passes first-party certification, it goes on to manufacturing. We would usually receive a sample disc, usually called a "silver", to play through and test to make sure it works okay. Once we verify it works, we let the first-party know and they go make all the discs.

Geoffrey’s Answer

Updated Boston, Massachusetts

Hi Luke,

Thanks for clarifying...I know even less about the actual disc manufacturing...but you piqued my interest and was able to come across the following links that I thought you might find useful.

http://kotaku.com/5669236/the-making-of-a-video-game-disc

http://www.1up.com/features/how-retail-games-are-made

In terms of actual companies that produce the discs, I learned about the two below:

Avarto (http://www.arvato.com/en.html)

and

Duplium (http://www.duplium.com/)

Hope that helps!

Geoff

Geoffrey’s Answer

Updated Boston, Massachusetts

Hi Luke,

I'm by no means an expert on the subject, but I've played quite a few video games in my day and know about the following video game developers...

Activision Blizzard Bungie Studios Electronic Arts Epic Games n-Space Rockstar Games Take-Two Interactive Ubisoft

Hope this helps...good luck with your project!

Thanks,

Geoff

Updated
That was a good answer, however I was looking more for which companies actually make the disk and mass produce it. I see where you might have gotten confused in the question.
Updated
Hi Luke, Thanks for clarifying...I know even less about the actual disc manufacturing...but you piqued my interest and was able to come across the following links that I thought you might find useful. http://kotaku.com/5669236/the-making-of-a-video-game-disc http://www.1up.com/features/how-retail-games-are-made In terms of actual companies that produce the discs, I learned about the two below: Avarto (http://www.arvato.com/en.html) and Duplium (http://www.duplium.com/) Hope that helps! Geoff