FIFA sells 12 million as EA posts robust financials



Electronic Arts has performed well, considering the current climate, in its financial results for the three months ended December 31st 2012.

The publisher reported revenues of $1.18 billion, a little short of the $1.294 billion the city expected. Net revenue was down from $1.06 billion a year ago to $922 million.

EA took the opportunity to reveal a flurry of sales facts and figures. The publisher stated that in the three months up to December 31st 2012:

FIFA 13 sold over 12 million units, up 23% on FIFA 12
– Battlefield 3 Premium generated over $108 million, and has 2.9 million subscribers
– The Simpsons: Tapped Out on iOS generated over $23 million in digital net revenue
– EA Mobile’s games and services (including handhelds) generated approximately $100 million
– EA’s Origin platform has 39 million registered users, including 17 million mobile users
– Dead Space 3 pre-orders are outpacing those of Dead Space 2
– Crysis 3 pre-orders are tracking 40% ahead of Crysis 2

EA CFO Blake Jorgensen attributed the strong results to “high-margin digital revenue”, in reference to FIFA’s lucrative Ultimate Team mode, and also “disciplined expense management.”

EA COO Peter Moore added: “EA had six of the top twenty titles in Western markets in 2012, compared to four in 2011. EA was also the number one publisher on iOS worldwide for the year.”

The publisher later confirmed that Medal Of Honor has been ‘taken out of rotation’ after it had underperformed, and that it is working on next-gen versions of FIFA and Battlefield.