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Top Scores: Video Games' Biggest IPOs

By Bloomberg Rankings, Marcus Chan and Amelia Hennighausen - 2014-03-05T20:03:43Z

Courtesy Maxis

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6. Maxis (Tied)

Value of IPO: $48 million

First day of trading: May 24, 1995

Market status: Acquired

Long before the addictive building game "Minecraft," there was "SimCity," which allowed players to create their own cities. Maxis published a series of "Sim" titles, including "SimCopter," which generated controversy after it was discovered that one of the game's engineers hid bikini-clad, kissing men in the simulation game. That didn't faze Electronic Arts, which acquired Maxis for $125 million in stock two years after the company went public.