The latest financials are in from gaming’s two biggest names, with results generally positive for both Activision and EA. Digital revenue grew strongly for both companies, showing an increasing trend towards digital sales over brick-and-mortar releases.
Activision reported that World of Warcraft subscriptions were down to 8.3 million, having lost 1.3 million across the Asian market. However, even at 8.3 million World of Warcraft is still the strongest subscription MMO on the market. Heart of the Swarm was the number one PC gaming for Q4 with 1.1 million copies sold in just two days, and Skylanders Giants and Black Ops 2 were the number one and two games in North America and Europe combined.
Meanwhile over at EA, SimCity has shifted over 1.6 million units with “nearly 50% of those sales were high-margin digital downloads”. Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3 sales came in “below expectations”, but FIFA 13 sold 14.5 million units this financial year and produced digital revenue up 94% over its last installment.
Battlefield Premium subscriptions are now at 3.5 million, and have generated over $120 million in revenue for the company.