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Ubisoft Financials

Ubisoft announces the release of financial results (Adobe Acrobat format) for their fiscal year 2013, saying their numbers for the year are "at the upper end of the recently-raised target ranges." They report annual sales are up 18% to €1,256 million and non-IFRS operating income is up 79% to €100 million. The results include perspective from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot:

"In 2012-13 our financial performance outstripped the targets that we had announced a year ago, notably with non-IFRS operating income up 79% and higher-than-expected cash generation. The expertise and talent of our teams enabled Ubisoft to manage the year’s difficult market conditions and the drop in the casual segment remarkably well. In addition, the success of Far Cry 3 confirmed our strong comeback in the major segment of shooter games.” Guillemot continued "We began fiscal 2012-13 with two major franchises: Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance. Twelve months later, we have substantially extended our reach by establishing Far Cry as another major franchise, building upon the great potential for our newest brand, Watch Dogs, and making our online/digital segment an increasingly significant part of our business. The steady rise in our operating and financial performance during the last three years is the direct result of the longterm investments we have made, with the continued development of our creative capacity and the bolstering of our expertise in online activities.”

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35. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2013, 10:54 Verno
 
Platform unification was bound to happen, the PC was too fragmented to support going forward and we were seeing the slow death of the PC gaming industry before digital platforms. Besides there is plenty of Steam competition from other platforms now, what people are really upset about is the death of the traditional ownership model which has changed permanently (Steam or not).  
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34. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2013, 10:31 netnerd85
 
Verno wrote on May 17, 2013, 08:45:
Ok, have fun going backward in time but I'll keep most of my modern conveniences thanks and who are we kidding, you won't give them up either I have zero desire to track down manual patches from mirror servers and keep track of people through 10 different messaging programs. The DRM portion of Steam is quite benign and the convenience the service affords combined with the product prices make it irrelevant.
I already buy games outside of Steam, lots and lots and lots.

It doesn't take long to go to the official site or gamershell or filefront etc. for patches.

And did you really ever have 10 different messaging programs, no... there was what 4? at most that were popular back in mid/early 2000. Skype is the best thing out there at the moment.

Plenty of good sales, actually all the good sales are now outside of Steam. Amazon and GMG have them beat and have done for at least 18 months.

By all means, use Steam but why should games be tied to it?
 
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33. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2013, 08:45 Verno
 
netnerd85 wrote on May 17, 2013, 03:29:
Jerykk wrote on May 16, 2013, 23:25:
Remember kiddies, DRM is only good if it's Valve's. At least that seems to be the message around here.

Not sure if you've ever bothered reading any threads about this topic but I'll summarize:

1) DRM is bad.
2) Steam's non-DRM features are good.
3) Steam's good features outweigh the downsides of its DRM.

That's why people like Steam. It's not really rocket science. Standalone DRM is completely worthless, as it offers no benefits to the consumer. Steam offers plenty of benefits to the consumer so the consumer is far more tolerant of the DRM.
People who trade freedom for security and convenience are fools. Why forcefully put shackles on someone when you can get the fools to willing do it themselves.

"I like all my games in one spot", like the games folder under D drive or H drive or whatever you want to call it?

"But I can chat to my friends", like on Skype or the telephone?

DRM is always bad, you have to believe that

Ok, have fun going backward in time but I'll keep most of my modern conveniences thanks and who are we kidding, you won't give them up either I have zero desire to track down manual patches from mirror servers and keep track of people through 10 different messaging programs. The DRM portion of Steam is quite benign and the convenience the service affords combined with the product prices make it irrelevant.
 
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32. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2013, 08:22 Beamer
 
netnerd85 wrote on May 17, 2013, 03:29:
Jerykk wrote on May 16, 2013, 23:25:
Remember kiddies, DRM is only good if it's Valve's. At least that seems to be the message around here.

Not sure if you've ever bothered reading any threads about this topic but I'll summarize:

1) DRM is bad.
2) Steam's non-DRM features are good.
3) Steam's good features outweigh the downsides of its DRM.

That's why people like Steam. It's not really rocket science. Standalone DRM is completely worthless, as it offers no benefits to the consumer. Steam offers plenty of benefits to the consumer so the consumer is far more tolerant of the DRM.
People who trade freedom for security and convenience are fools. Why forcefully put shackles on someone when you can get the fools to willing do it themselves.

"I like all my games in one spot", like the games folder under D drive or H drive or whatever you want to call it?

"But I can chat to my friends", like on Skype or the telephone?

DRM is always bad, you have to believe that

Doesn't living in society trade freedom for security and convenience?
If I move to Antarctica I can be free. I can kill who or what I want, eat who or what I want, bang who or what I want... pure freedom! No one can stop me from doing anything!

But, honestly, here in the states I can kill who or what I want, because I don't want to kill anything, I can eat who or what I want, because it isn't as if I'm eating endangered animals or the most dangerous animal, and I can bang who or what I want, because I'm not into rape.
So I cheerfully give up those freedoms for convenience of living in a place that is secure.

People that say things like "people who trade freedom for security and convenience are fools" tend to be fools.
 
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31. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2013, 07:09 Redmask
 
Spektr wrote on May 16, 2013, 12:07:
I don't like Steam. In fact I hate it. I dont wanna install all my games on the same partition because I have several partitions. I can patch my games myself all it takes is a download and a click. Very technical huh. And all the bells and whistles like the achievements and such that are supposed to be the latest craze (Oh What a turn on) whereas the software itself belongs to the Prehistory of interface coding. I hate it and I don't care that you like it. I hate it because I am forced to use it. I dont want it on my hard disk thank you. I only want the games.

You should run Linux too because damn the man, Windows is DRM duuuuuude!
 
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30. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2013, 03:29 netnerd85
 
Jerykk wrote on May 16, 2013, 23:25:
Remember kiddies, DRM is only good if it's Valve's. At least that seems to be the message around here.

Not sure if you've ever bothered reading any threads about this topic but I'll summarize:

1) DRM is bad.
2) Steam's non-DRM features are good.
3) Steam's good features outweigh the downsides of its DRM.

That's why people like Steam. It's not really rocket science. Standalone DRM is completely worthless, as it offers no benefits to the consumer. Steam offers plenty of benefits to the consumer so the consumer is far more tolerant of the DRM.
People who trade freedom for security and convenience are fools. Why forcefully put shackles on someone when you can get the fools to willing do it themselves.

"I like all my games in one spot", like the games folder under D drive or H drive or whatever you want to call it?

"But I can chat to my friends", like on Skype or the telephone?

DRM is always bad, you have to believe that
 
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29. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2013, 00:10 Prez
 
Jerykk wrote on May 16, 2013, 23:25:
Remember kiddies, DRM is only good if it's Valve's. At least that seems to be the message around here.

Not sure if you've ever bothered reading any threads about this topic but I'll summarize:

1) DRM is bad.
2) Steam's non-DRM features are good.
3) Steam's good features outweigh the downsides of its DRM.

That's why people like Steam. It's not really rocket science. Standalone DRM is completely worthless, as it offers no benefits to the consumer. Steam offers plenty of benefits to the consumer so the consumer is far more tolerant of the DRM.

Don't bother. Rollinthunder is a troll. He throws in garbage like that whether or not it makes sense or relevent to the topic. His points are easily refutable but that doesn't stop him from regurgitating them over and over. Put him on ignore or just laugh at his stupidity, but just don't feed him.
 
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28. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 23:25 Jerykk
 
Remember kiddies, DRM is only good if it's Valve's. At least that seems to be the message around here.

Not sure if you've ever bothered reading any threads about this topic but I'll summarize:

1) DRM is bad.
2) Steam's non-DRM features are good.
3) Steam's good features outweigh the downsides of its DRM.

That's why people like Steam. It's not really rocket science. Standalone DRM is completely worthless, as it offers no benefits to the consumer. Steam offers plenty of benefits to the consumer so the consumer is far more tolerant of the DRM.
 
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27. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 18:27 RollinThundr
 
netnerd85 wrote on May 16, 2013, 02:49:
Jerykk wrote on May 16, 2013, 01:23:
Ubisoft's PC games would sell more if they just ditched Uplay completely and switched to Steamworks. Also, simultaneous release dates with the console versions makes a huge difference too.
I disagree and there is no facts to back up what you say any way lol.

I have absolutely no problem with Uplay, it's kind of okay. I'm tired of Valve and Steamworks. I don't even remember the last game I actually bought through Steam... but plenty of Steamworks games. I don't want all my games in Steam. I don't want ANY of MY games tied to any DRM thing. Always look for the DRM free alternative if I can.

The mass amount of stupid people that buy a steam copy of a game on gog.com amazes and saddens me.

Remember kiddies, DRM is only good if it's Valve's. At least that seems to be the message around here.
 
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26. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 17:27 Krovven
 
Luke wrote on May 16, 2013, 16:27:
Krovven wrote on May 16, 2013, 16:08:
Luke wrote on May 16, 2013, 08:40:
All i want is to buy a game install it without any of top 3 spyware software : 1 steam 2 uplay 3 gfwl

ohh and back then you got a nice box with paper manual and all funny stuff now...
you get a browser window telling you how many games you have and don't get me started on that shitty DLC , guess peps are to lazy to move there a.. to go out and buy there games sooo easy to sit on your a... click and you got your game.

Book

Most PC games don't even have a retail releases any more.

Materialism isn't something to be proud of by the way.

But everyone else is lazy because you have a compulsive need to have something pretty on the shelf to look at? /facepalm


don't hit your self to hard you like spyware i don't , and yes you can still get retail games tho to know that you have to get outside...to hard for some i guess Clown

You can still get "some" PC games at retail. Most you cannot. And the majority of the few titles still sold at retail are increasingly becoming Steamworks titles, or in the case of EA games, Origin titles.

The argument of Steam being spyware is long over, and you lost. If you still think it is spyware, then you are a stupid idiot that probably thinks the moon landing was done at a studio in hollywood.

But you stay strong, don't play any game that uses a digital distro service. As the rest of the world moves forward, we won't miss you.

Now looking at your post history, you basically never have anything of intelligence to contribute. I'll just ignore you now and save myself from any more idiotic ramblings.
 
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25. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 16:27 Luke
 
Krovven wrote on May 16, 2013, 16:08:
Luke wrote on May 16, 2013, 08:40:
All i want is to buy a game install it without any of top 3 spyware software : 1 steam 2 uplay 3 gfwl

ohh and back then you got a nice box with paper manual and all funny stuff now...
you get a browser window telling you how many games you have and don't get me started on that shitty DLC , guess peps are to lazy to move there a.. to go out and buy there games sooo easy to sit on your a... click and you got your game.

Book

Most PC games don't even have a retail releases any more.

Materialism isn't something to be proud of by the way.

But everyone else is lazy because you have a compulsive need to have something pretty on the shelf to look at? /facepalm


don't hit your self to hard you like spyware i don't , and yes you can still get retail games tho to know that you have to get outside...to hard for some i guess Clown
 
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24. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 16:14 Krovven
 
Spektr wrote on May 16, 2013, 12:07:
I dont wanna install all my games on the same partition because I have several partitions.

Welcome to 2013. Steam now allows the user to choose what hard drive to install each individual game.

Spektr wrote on May 16, 2013, 12:07:
I can patch my games myself all it takes is a download and a click.

Really? From where? Nobody releases standalone patches any more. Fileplanet and other file hosting sites are disappearing because they aren't needed.

Spektr wrote on May 16, 2013, 12:07:
I hate it because I am forced to use it.

You aren't forced to do anything. This isn't some right you have as a human being. It's a luxury. Stop playing games that are on Steam or any other digital distro. First world problems.

 
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23. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 16:08 Krovven
 
Luke wrote on May 16, 2013, 08:40:
All i want is to buy a game install it without any of top 3 spyware software : 1 steam 2 uplay 3 gfwl

ohh and back then you got a nice box with paper manual and all funny stuff now...
you get a browser window telling you how many games you have and don't get me started on that shitty DLC , guess peps are to lazy to move there a.. to go out and buy there games sooo easy to sit on your a... click and you got your game.

Book

Most PC games don't even have a retail releases any more.

Materialism isn't something to be proud of by the way.

But everyone else is lazy because you have a compulsive need to have something pretty on the shelf to look at? /facepalm

 
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22. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 12:46 Creston
 
Verno wrote on May 16, 2013, 08:39:
You have to give Ubisoft credit, they are actually creating new brands and IP instead of sitting on their laurels. They won't all work out (1666) but they're managing to give people a mix of old and new. I like their approach with uplay more than EA/Origin too.

I love the AC series (AC3 a little less, but the pirates one looks cool), Far Cry 3 looks great (still need to pick it up) and is getting a lot of love, Blood Dragon is great, Watch Dogs looks really cool and I'm very much looking forward to it, and I've absolutely played the living fuck out of Anno2070 to the point that I actually feel bad the devs only got like $35 out of me for it.

If I tried to come up with any other publisher with such a list in the space of a year, either current or past, I'd draw a big fat blank.

So yeah, I'd definitely agree that Ubisoft deserves its current success. Let's hope they don't go full retard again.

(One annoying niggle: The way I have to launch TWO fucking digital platforms to play a single game. Really Ubisoft? You can't figure this out in some other way? Why do my Steam titles not show up in your shitty Uplay app if I launch Uplay directly? This is the most horseshit way you could have possibly implemented this.)

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21. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 12:32 netnerd85
 
Spektr wrote on May 16, 2013, 12:07:
I dont wanna install all my games on the same partition because I have several partitions.
They actually finally patch that ability in.
 
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20. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 12:07 Spektr
 
I don't like Steam. In fact I hate it. I dont wanna install all my games on the same partition because I have several partitions. I can patch my games myself all it takes is a download and a click. Very technical huh. And all the bells and whistles like the achievements and such that are supposed to be the latest craze (Oh What a turn on) whereas the software itself belongs to the Prehistory of interface coding. I hate it and I don't care that you like it. I hate it because I am forced to use it. I dont want it on my hard disk thank you. I only want the games.  
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19. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 10:13 netnerd85
 
Well... deary me. Heaven forbid anyone have a differnt opinion around here I didn't realise 10-20 year old games were still being patch.

I apologise for any hurt feelings. Free hug?

This comment was edited on May 16, 2013, 10:22.
 
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18. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 09:49 Optional nickname
 
Dear Ubi, please re-make or release the first game I've ever played from you, called: Twinworld.

very good music and platformer, (back during the glory days of Commodore Amiga)
 
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17. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 09:06 nin
 
EDIT: Oh and I am one of netnerd's supposed "stupid" people (fuck you very much btw)

He's kind of that whole pot-kettle thing, so I wouldn't lose any sleep over it...

 
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16. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 16, 2013, 08:40 Luke
 
All i want is to buy a game install it without any of top 3 spyware software : 1 steam 2 uplay 3 gfwl

ohh and back then you got a nice box with paper manual and all funny stuff now...
you get a browser window telling you how many games you have and don't get me started on that shitty DLC , guess peps are to lazy to move there a.. to go out and buy there games sooo easy to sit on your a... click and you got your game.

Book
 
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