8 Game Store Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
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Here are some real life success stories of starting a game store:

1. Speedcube New Zealand ($50.4K/year)

Oliver Jenks came up with the idea for his ecommerce store, speedcube.co.nz, after realizing there was no dedicated online store for speedcubing puzzles in New Zealand. With his knowledge as a speedcuber and experience working in a furniture distribution warehouse, Oliver saw an opportunity to fill a gap in the market and create a profitable side hustle.

How much they make: $50.4K/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Started A $4,200/Month Competitive Puzzle Store Working 1 Hour A Day

A 21-year-old student started an e-commerce store that sells "speedcube" puzzles and has grown it into an annual 5-figure profit side hustle that requires only an hour a day, with over 3,000 loyal customers and successful pop-up stores at speedcubing competitions and weekend markets.

Revenue
OLIVER grew the business to $4.2K/month
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2. Barry & Jason Games and Entertainment ($300K/year)

Barry McLaughlin, along with his friend Jason, came up with the idea for their business, Barry and Jason Games & Entertainment, after hosting live game nights that offered a unique and creative experience. Inspired by their love of games and comedy, they created Game Night in a Can and successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign, raising over $20,000 to bring their idea to life. They have since expanded their product line and partnered with other companies, and their games are now sold in Barnes & Noble and other stores across the country.

How much they make: $300K/year
Current team size: 1

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How Two Best Friends Are Making A Killing With Party Game Products

Barry and Jason Games & Entertainment created Game Night in a Can, a party game made up of 30 different creative challenges and games of skill, which raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter, and is now sold in Barnes & Noble and independent stores across the US.

About
Barry started Barry & Jason Games and Entertainment almost 9 years ago
Revenue
Barry grew the business to $25K/month
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4. Welcome to Steam

Where they're located: La Cautiva, Córdoba, Argentina
Website traffic: 157M/month

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5. Blizzard Entertainment

Creators of the Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch series, Blizzard Entertainment is an industry-leading developer responsible for the most epic entertainment experiences, ever.

Where they're located: Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China
Website traffic: 18.5M/month

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So... can you actually make money with a game store?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

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7. Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle sells games, books, software, and more. Our mission is to support charity while providing awesome content to customers at great prices. Since 2010, Humble Bundle customers have given over $186,000,000 to charity.

Where they're located: La Cautiva, Córdoba, Argentina
Website traffic: 12.9M/month

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