Faculty Sponsor

Sara Gundersen


Arts and Sciences


Economics, Finance

ORCID Identifier(s)


Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


Ever since the beginning of the video game industry, consoles have come and gone such as the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Gameboy. However, there are two main series of consoles that have continued to modern day: the Xbox’s and the PlayStation’s. These two series of consoles have been rivals for more than a decade, consistently releasing systems to compete with each other. Furthermore, similar to consoles coming and going, many companies have gone bankrupt due to significant gaming failures and losses. Because of this, there are only few major companies still producing games, along with some independent game developers struggling to succeed. However, more successful, independent companies and developers means a greater variety of games for consumers to play. Therefore, I determined which series of consoles appears to be the more profitable series for small companies and individual developers. Along with these series of consoles, the gaming industry for the PC has recently expanded rapidly and appears to be more friendly to low-budget games. Therefore, I analyzed PC game sales and concluded where should new video-game developers invest their time and money for producing games: for Xbox’s, PlayStation’s, or the PC.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Thomas Shomer is a Senior Mathematics and Statistics double major at Valparaiso University. He has minors in Computer Science and Actuarial Science, and will be a Christ College Scholar. He plans to be an actuary or data scientist in Chicago after graduation. Furthermore, he is a member of Quizbowl and a brother of the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.