Digital sales through the roof, traditional packaged goods way down.
By Tim Colwill on October 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm
EA has overnight posted their financial figures for Q2 of the 2012-13 financial year, and although results were above general Wall Street expectations, they’re lower than the same time last year by the order of $4 million.
The publisher made special mention that revenue splits heavily favoured digital distribution: digital net revenue was up by $100 million on the same quarter last year, while packaged retail goods were down by the same amount. Mobile gaming net revenue and registered users are also both significantly up.
While EA highlighted positive sales of its sports titles including 7.3 million sales of FIFA 13, poor sales of Medal of Honor: Warfighter were blamed for the company failing to beat its previous years’ total. CEO John Riccitiello soothed angry investors by noting that slow AAA-sales are “typical for console games this late in the cycle” and that EA has “more big franchises than any other publisher, and most of these are doing very well”.
Our own review of the Warfighter single-player campaign went up on Friday, where we described it as “the year’s least ambitious shooter“.