Up For Debate - Which Gaming or Hardware Company Will Survive the Longest?

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 3:47 PM

A few weeks ago, Nintendo celebrated its 129th birthday. The grandaddy of gaming hasn't just been around a heck of a long time in the world of videogames, Nintendo has been around a heck of a long time full stop. It's always enough to cause a giggle when yet another brave soul suggests Nintendo is doomed. By hook or by crook, Nintendo is a business that survives, adapting, pioneering, and, like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, just finding a way.

But no company is immortal, not even Nintendo. If history has taught us anything, it's that each and every company we know, gaming, games hardware, or otherwise, will one day fail. But which will survive the longest, and which will topple first?

Naturally, this thinking led me down an absolute rabbit hole of information, but more on that later. First of all, I wanted to find out how old the biggest companies in games and tech are, as presented in the chart below. It's particularly interesting to see just how fleeting the existence of giants like Valve and Google has actually been compared to some other behemoths.

It tends to be that the older these companies are, the more fascinating their histories become. Nintendo has been around since 1889, more than 50 years before the first computer was even built, let alone games consoles. While Nintendo’s current Mario & Peach image is squeaky clean (put those Bowsette images away), a company doesn’t get that old without having a few skeletons in the closet. Or, should I say, Love Hotels. Back in the 1960’s, among its many enterprises, Nintendo ran a chain of Love Hotels. These were short-stay hotels built specifically to enable privacy for more, er, amorous moments.

Nintendo’s quirky history didn’t begin there though. Way back in 1889, Nintendo began life as a playing card company, literally called The Nintendo Playing Card Co. Its original products were hanafuda playing cards, typically used for gambling activities, and the popularity of these cards spread like wildfire among gambling syndicates. In a quirky twist of fate, the worst possible hand of cards in hanafuda was an 8, a 9, and a 3. In Japanese, this is pronounced yattsu-ku-zan, or Yakuza for short. Nintendo wasn't a gang of organised criminals itself, but there’s no doubt the company’s early years were inextricably linked with that of the Yakuza.

The second-oldest company on this list is IBM, and I think many will find it surprising to discover the American multinational tech company is over a century old. IBM significantly pre-dates computers, forming when four companies merged to create tabulating machinery and industrial scales. IBM’s big thing at the time was punch cards, that iconic method of workers clocking in and clocking out. 46 years later, IBM built the world’s first example of artificial intelligence, showing an IBM 704 in 1956 that could play checkers and learn from its mistakes.

All of these companies fall well short of the oldest active companies in the world though, with the current champion being Genda Shigyō Paper Industries at the ripe old age of 1,247 years. It was founded in Japan around 200 years after the fall of the Roman Empire and it’s still going today. The actual oldest is Kongō Gumi, another Japanese firm that sadly closed its doors in 2006. If history tells us anything, it's that Japanese companies have longevity like few others.

So put on your monocles and gaze into your crystal balls for a moment, which of gaming and gaming hardware giants listed above do you think will be around for the longest? And which will be the next to snuff to it? Get voting and let us know why below!

Which company do you think will die first?

Which company will survive the longest?

Which is your favourite company?

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09:16 Oct-16-2018

"Which Company do you think would die first?" - heh, just wishful thinking

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07:34 Oct-16-2018

You can always tell when you land on a pc gaming enthusiast site. Our love for AMD is more than for an actual game developing studio.

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22:29 Oct-15-2018

I love CDPR the most. Oh, and the company I hate the most.... DRUM ROLL.... Apple. You want to know why I hate Apple more than I hate EA or any of those others, go to YouTube and watch some Louis Rossmann videos and learn about the "Right to Repair" movement. Yeah, f*ck Apple. It's just sad that Apple hates it's customers more than I hate Apple.

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00:07 Oct-16-2018

I couldn't agree more. I really hate Apple.

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00:36 Oct-16-2018

Your last sentence is brilliant, I'll might have to take it and use it personally.
But yeah, fu*k Apple. I really don't understand how a company can constantly take a piss on their consumers and yet still be so successful.
I despise Apple so much that if someone were to give me their products for free I'd have to force myself to take them, after which I'd promptly sell it and buy something bette

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00:45 Oct-16-2018

Thanks, mate. Use it in good health.

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21:34 Oct-15-2018

Remember every company has good and bad products don´t be idiots and by products by brand. if the product is good buy it if not don´t .

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21:46 Oct-15-2018

Agreed, by the product not the marketing and brand, sadly 95%+ of people buy the brand and marketing...

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20:57 Oct-15-2018

Why no Digital Extremes?

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20:05 Oct-15-2018

Shouldn’t CDPR have been added to this poll? Too small? I would have voted for it as favourite company. They also have GOG.

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22:26 Oct-15-2018

Same here mate. Right now, at least, they're pretty much the media darling of the gaming world.

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19:47 Oct-15-2018

Nintendo will survive the longest =D

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19:37 Oct-15-2018

This is hilarious xD

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19:30 Oct-15-2018

1) IDK, market changes so can't say which will die first.
2) Again, IDK. But there is one thing, survival of the fittest. The company which adapts itself with changes in market will survive, like Nintendo.
3) None of the above. But maybe I like Asus.

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18:53 Oct-15-2018

I don't want some company to die, I want the greed to die, it's what is killing the gaming industry lately. I miss the old days (PS2-era and before) that games had no DLCs, micro-transations and you had a "ready to play" game. Don't get me wrong, DLC can be a good stuff, once it has not an abusive price and it's actually opitional (not just to fix leaks in the game).

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07:38 Oct-16-2018

To be honest with you if a game like crysis gets a dlc of more missions more modes coop Ill buy it but not when NFS sells me 20 cars after only shipping with 50

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13:32 Oct-17-2018

Well, DLCs with extra missions (spin-off missions) worth if the game already have a great campaign (and if the price is good). But I don't think right to they sell DLCs of things that should be in the game by default.

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18:37 Oct-15-2018

Something catastrophic would have to happen for any of those companies to collapse and I don't see any going down soon.
Also what's the third question?
I do have preferences towards certain companies but certainly no favorites in whatever sense.
Simple notion of having a favourite company is far from reality. I guess if I had a favourite company it'd have to be run by me, but I don't run any.

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18:31 Oct-15-2018

Die EA!

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18:52 Oct-15-2018

EA: No

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19:33 Oct-15-2018

EA are slippery lizards, they will even sacrifice the tails for survival. So I don't think they will die soon.

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18:28 Oct-15-2018

I wonder what so many people seem to love amd for, not hating, I'm genuinely curious. If anything I'm frustrated by the fact that they always seem to miss opportunities and always seem to be a couple of months late on everything.

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18:42 Oct-15-2018

I guess it's mostly because they're an underdog sandwiched in between two giants. They seem the most ethical company of the group but also the most naive one in my opinion.
That'd be my take on it.

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17:16 Oct-15-2018

#1: Konami


#2: (A tie between) Nintendo, Google & Microsoft


#3: Nintendo

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17:11 Oct-15-2018

These polls are good representation of which company got more fanboys.

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11:05 Oct-16-2018

And haters lol. More people think EA will die before Konami

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17:01 Oct-15-2018

The first two charts are basically which company do you hate, which do you like, I don't see Nvidia dying at all XD


Also a favourite company? Ehhhh... no... all companies are sh!t... But I guess IBM is the least sh!t so I vote for that.

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17:50 Oct-15-2018

Yeah, 98% of these votes clearly came from emotions, not from actual critical thinking.

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07:03 Oct-16-2018

Or personal preference.

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10:37 Oct-16-2018

Basically what I said

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08:25 Oct-17-2018

Pretty much. I?m the guy that likes to double down.
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16:24 Oct-15-2018

Accidentally voted for nvidia as the company that will die out first out of hurry. Meant to choose Atari or TakeTwo.

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17:02 Oct-15-2018

TakeTwo and Nvidia will not die first... maybe even be one of the last.

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16:04 Oct-15-2018

For who might die first, I choose Konami. Not because the hate (which they deserved) but they seem so disinterested in videogames industry. For the longest, Honestly I don't know. They seem to do stupid sh*t that backfired from time to time

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00:47 Oct-16-2018

Sadly, Konami will probably make a living off it's pachinko machines even if they completely pull out from the video game market.

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15:49 Oct-15-2018

Favourite company? Nice joke, Jon.

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16:33 Oct-15-2018

Each one has something bad, and I couldn't pick the lesser evil between them :P

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17:09 Oct-15-2018

If you want a saint and a fairy-tale read a book.

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00:48 Oct-16-2018

I've ya give that.

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00:49 Oct-16-2018

That was supposed to be "I'll" and not "I've", but my fingers getting to moving and do thing my brains isn't telling them to do, and I couldn't edit it for some reason.

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07:03 Oct-16-2018

Np mate.

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