Electronic Arts Reports Q2 FY18 Financial Results
. "It was a strong second
quarter for Electronic Arts, with players around the world captivated by our new
EA SPORTS titles, top-performing mobile games, and expanding esports
competitions," says Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. "The digital
transformation is accelerating across our industry, and we are well-positioned
for continued growth with more stunning new titles, thriving event-driven live
services including competitive gaming, and continuing innovation for our players
on all platforms." Here are some points they highlight:
Operating Highlights and Metrics
- Digital net bookings* for the trailing twelve
months was $3.240 billion, up 26% year-over-year, and now represents 63% of
total net bookings for the same period.
- More than 50% of Madden NFL 18 players engaged in
the “Longshot” story mode through Q2 and Madden Ultimate Team™ players are
up 25% year-over-year.
- FIFA Mobile unique player base grew to more than
- The BattlefieldTM 1 community grew to more than
23.5 million players worldwide.
- Monthly active players for The SimsTM 4 on PC
increased more than 40% year-over-year.
* Net bookings, previously referred to as net sales, is defined as the net
amount of products and services sold digitally or sold-in physically in the
period. Net bookings is calculated by adding total net revenue to the change in
deferred net revenue for online-enabled games.
Selected Financial Highlights and Metrics
All financial measures are presented on a GAAP basis.
- Net cash provided by operating activities was $52
- Net cash provided by operating activities for the
trailing twelve months was $1.802 billion, a record measured at the end of
the second quarter.
- In Q2, EA repurchased 1.3 million shares for $153
changes to the loot crate and progression systems in Star
Wars Battlefront II
, saying "we've listened to your feedback" in addressing
complaints the game will be play-to-win. Here's the post:
We went into
Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II with a goal to make the deepest, biggest Star Wars™
game you've ever played. That meant transporting you to all three eras and
handing you a huge assortment of heroes, classes, and vehicles – as well as
bringing tons of free post-launch content to all Star Wars Battlefront II
The Beta gave us a welcome chance to test all of our systems in action and tune
things up for better balance. A few weeks back, we mentioned we were going to
take another look at how the progression system works. After incorporating
feedback from the Beta, we’re happy to share our plans for launch:
- Epic Star Cards, the highest tier of Star Cards
available at launch, have been removed from Crates. To help keep everyone on
a level playing field, these Star Cards will primarily be available through
crafting, with the exception of special Epic Star Cards available through
pre-order, deluxe, and starter packs.
- You'll need to reach a certain rank to craft
upgraded Star Cards. You won't be able to buy a bunch of Crates, grind
everything up into crafting materials, and immediately use them to get super
powerful Star Cards. You can only upgrade the ability to craft higher tier
Star Cards by ranking up through playing the game.
- Weapons are locked behind specific milestones.
While a select few will be found in Crates, the rest can only be attained by
play. Want to unlock a new weapon for your Heavy? Play as a Heavy and you’ll
gain access to the class’s new weapons.
- Class-specific gear and items can be unlocked by
playing as them. As you progress through your favorite class, you’ll hit
milestones granting you class-specific Crates. These will include a mix of
Star Cards and Crafting Parts to benefit your class’s development.
This system, as well as all of the others, will be continually iterated on
and improved. As we first announced at EA Play in June, we’re committed to
keeping the community together. All upcoming weapons, maps, heroes, and vehicles
introduced in Star Wars Battlefront II’s post-release content will be free so
that players can play alongside friends as the world of Star Wars Battlefront II
continues to grow. We know that the magic is in the balance, and we're going to
make sure that we continue to make a game that is fun for everyone.
is now officially available for Windows, Xbox One,
and PlayStation 4, offering an updated edition of the off-road driving in the
original Spintires. The Windows edition is available
where they offer a 50% discount for owners of the original Spintires. Here's the
here are some details:
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Spintires is an incredible off-road vehicle simulator, taking players on
hostile roads and harsh environments. Acclaimed for its immersive and accurate
driving and physics models, the first edition has captured over a million
players on PC.
Watch the Launch Trailer
of Spintires: MudRunner, the ultimate edition of Spintires. Available today on
PC, and for the first time on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, this version
of Spintires offers new content and unique experiences for a video game - It's a
genre of its own, reinventing the rules and offering new challenges for players
looking for emergent encounters and true-to-life off-roading situations.
With near-photorealistic graphics and incredible physics simulation, Spintires:
MudRunner puts you in the driver’s seat of powerful off-road vehicles, and
challenges you to face extreme sandbox environments, with only a map, a compass
and your driving talents to survive!
Through numerous missions and challenges, off-road vehicle fans will enjoy
crossing mud, rivers with strong currents, and climb perilous peaks aboard their
4x4s, trucks and sturdy logistic vehicles designed to withstand the most extreme
conditions. Dedicated players and driving enthusiasts will appreciate the
hyper-realistic driving sensations thanks to an advanced physics engine,
including fuel simulation, a differential transmission system, soft-tire
simulation, as well as realistic interactions between vegetation, mud, water,
and your vehicle. Lastly, players looking for adventure and open environments
will love the freedom offered by the sandbox maps of the game – choose what path
to take, through difficult terrain, rivers, forests, swamps, mountains... nature
and its dangers will always put you to the test.
Following the news that Star Wars: Battlefront II
, EA now offers
the official launch
for the Star Wars action game sequel. The game will be released on
November 17th for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Here's the clip's brief
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Heroes are born on the battlefront, and in Star Wars
Battlefront 2, you're able to experience it for yourself. Play as heroes from
all three eras of Star Wars in massive battles across iconic locations, and take
part in a thrilling single-player story as Iden Versio fights to avenge the
Indie developer Redwood Games announces Plutocracy
, a political simulator set
in the 19th century, though the theme of ethics taking a back-seat to power
seems timeless. The Plutocracy website
is online, offering details, screenshots, and
a teaser trailer
a couple of months ago. Here's a quick overview
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Now we are developing the
game about wealth, power and corruption. In it you immerse yourself in 19th USA
century to start from the bottom and become the shadow ruler of the world. It
supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS. Release date - Q1 2018. Beta access - December
- Make a fortune – buy companies, build your own
- Create barriers against competitors - dig up dirt,
make raider attacks.
- Corrupt politicians and lobby laws – use wealth
and influence to get power.
- Live in U.S. history – gain extra profit by World
Wars, economic crisis.
No one should know who really rules the world!
details on Season 12 for Diablo III
, which kicks off on November 9th in
all territories. Here's a bit on the plan:
Season Journey Rewards
If you’ve been playing the past few Seasons diligently and reached Conqueror in
the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. Players who
have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can
still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the
- Complete a Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
- Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
- Kill Greed on Torment XIII
- Kill Spider Queen on Torment XIII in under 15
- Reforge a Legendary or Set item
- Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater
- Level three Legendary Gems to 55
- Complete two Conquests
Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those, too! Love going fast while killing
things? Boss Mode and Worlds Apart will be making a return. On
A Good Day and I Can’t Stop are also available, if leveling Legendary
Gems is more your thing. If you’d rather max out your kill count with Cursed
Chests, Curses! and Stars Align will be right up your alley. Those
who enjoy seeing how far they can go without Set Items will get a kick out of
The Thrill and Super Human. Finally, if you’re keen to show off your
mastery of various Class Sets, Years of War and Dynasty will be
available for you to attempt once more.
Happy Halloween! It's been a little hard to accept the imminence of this
occasion since it's been unseasonably warm in these parts, but the past few days
have been more autumnal, so it feels pretty right today. As usual, we're greatly looking forward
to seeing all the kiddies today, including our friends the twins. And their
parents have a fun tradition of their own, as they bring along solo cups for
"drink or treat," seeking booze handouts, which I find hilarious (and
ingenious). We have a
bunch of doggie costumes accumulated over the years, but I'm not sure yet which
one the Gunnar-man will wear. I'll provide a photo once this works itself out.
And whether you are playing trick-or-treat, drink-or-treat, partying, hosting, or
hiding, here's hoping it's all safe and fun for you.