This article will explain who we think are the top five most influential people in the gaming industry as of 2017. If your favourite gaming personality has not been included, ask yourself, what notable thing has he or she done in the last year worth talking about?
4) Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg isn’t exactly a gaming personality, and that’s why he is last place on this list, but his company Facebook owns one of the most innovative gaming companies out there, Oculus, the developers of the first mainstream VR headset, the Oculus Rift. Zuckerberg’s company Facebook has also recently launched their own gaming service called Gameroom which although small now could soon be a major player.
Estimated net worth: $55,000,000,000 US dollars (as of February 2017)
Notable affiliations: Gameroom, Oculus
3) Jonathan Blow
Jonathan Blow, the game developer behind Braid and The Witness is possibly one of the most well known and respected game developers alive due to his participation in the the documentary Indie Game The Movie and the plethora of interviews and conference talks he has held in the last ten years. When Jonathan Blow talks, everyone stops and listens as his advice comes from decades of experience creating flawless video games.
Estimated net worth: $5,000,000 US dollars (as of February 2017)
Notable affiliations: Braid, The Witness
2) Mark Edward Fischbach
Two years ago, PewDiePie would have held this spot, but as he rarely plays video games nowadays, Mark Edward Fischbach of the Markiplier channel has taken his place as one of the most influential gaming personalities on YouTube. When he plays a game, good or bad it goes viral and generates thousands of sales. He is notable for being the first big YouTuber to play a lot of smaller indie games, such as Gravity Cat, a relatively unheard of game until the 27 year old played the title on his channel with over 16 million subscribers.
Estimated net worth: $9,000,000 US dollars (as of February 2017)
Notable affiliations: Markiplier
1) Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell is not only the most influential man in gaming, but he is also the richest with a net worth of over 4 billion dollars thanks to his company Valve, the creators of Steam. Newell is the president of Valve, and is therefore also calls the shots with the Steam gaming platform which has over 125 million active users today. Gabe Newell has the ability to change the course of gaming history with the click of his fingers, making him the the most powerful and influential person in the gaming industry alive today, and possibly alive ever.
Estimated net worth: $4,000,000,000 US dollars (as of February 2017)
Notable affiliations: Valve, Steam