The WWE Video Game Series (known as WWF/E SmackDown! (1999-04), WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (2004-10), and WWE 2K (2011-Present)) is a series of professional wrestling video games developed by Yuke's and published by THQ (2000-12) and 2K Games (2013-Present). The latest game released is WWE '13 and the next game to be released is WWE 2K14.
The games in the series are based on the professional wrestling promotion WWE and feature professional wrestling match types, storylines and playable characters based on WWE programming. Originally named after WWE’s SmackDown television program, the series was eventually renamed to add WWE’s other major television show Raw to the title. In 2011, THQ announced that the series would now be known as simply WWE starting with the release of WWE '12.
The series began with the release of WWF SmackDown! in 2000 and originally remained exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation consoles. After the release of 2004’s WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, the series expanded with yearly releases for various other consoles including the PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as mobile devices. Yuke’s had also released the games in Japan under the name ‘’Exciting Pro Wrestling’’. However, after SmackDown vs. Raw 2006, THQ took over as the Japanese publisher and the Japanese releases adopted the western name. In December 2012, THQ filied for bankruptcy, and 2K Games took over in February 2013.
Reception of the series has been positive overall, and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 was rated 31st and 28th (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, respectively) in IGN's "Top 100 Games" list. It is among the best-selling video game franchises, with 47 million copies shipped as of 2009.