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Activision Blizzard Financials

Activision Blizzard announces first quarter 2016 financial results, calling them "better than expected," reporting record quarterly digital revenues, more than half a billion monthly active users, and record Q1 non-GAAP revenues and EPS (up 29% and 44% respectively year-over-year). Here's a wall of very large numbers with more:

For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were a Q1 record $1.46 billion, as compared with $1.28 billion for the first quarter of 2015. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were a Q1 record $908 million, as compared with $703 million for the first quarter of 2015. For the first quarter, GAAP net revenues from digital channels were an all-time quarterly record of $926 million, up 59% year-over-year, and represented a Q1 record 64% of the company’s total revenues. On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues from digital channels were an all-time quarterly record of $797 million, up 48% year-over-year, and represented an all-time quarterly record of 88% of the company’s total revenues.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.45, as compared with $0.53 for the first quarter of 2015, down year-over-year primarily due to purchase price accounting related to the acquisition of King Digital Entertainment. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s earnings per diluted share were a Q1 record $0.23, as compared with $0.16 for the first quarter of 2015.

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31. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 7, 2016, 17:38 Kxmode
 

I just realized the genius of Blue's News. There's no public support for anything. As a veteran of this site I should know this by now.
 
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30. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 7, 2016, 17:28 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 19:12:
Beamer wrote on May 6, 2016, 17:50:
You've got to stop citing Mark Kern. "Team Lead" is a vague title, and all the others I see from Blizzard on LinkedIn came from Customer Service, not development.

Team Lead was the "Executive Producer" in vanilla. Blizzard changed it to "Executive Producer" for TBC.

Beamer wrote on May 6, 2016, 17:50:
The only people that claim Mark Kern is responsible for WoW being WoW are Mark Kern.

I typically take someone at their word until it becomes clear they're lying. I haven't seen anything from Mark to suggest he's lying. So until that happens I'm going to take him at his word.

That being said check this out...

vomiting_cat: Look at Oldschool Runescape's success. Look at Nostalrius and now Kronos/Lordaeron. Sometimes feels like, you're wrong?
Mark: Blizzard was pretty sure WoW should be cancelled to, until I convinced them to try.
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723670297405054978

Mark: They all seem to forget I saved WoW from cancellation and got it shipped in the first place.
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723552778308608000
Khayotix: tell us the story Mark! What happened that the game needed saving? History lesson time!
Mark: The game was in shambles, the lead left to start Arena. net. Blizzard said, no way to continue
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723553532465418240
Mark: I said I would join the team, find a new lead prog and help turn the game around. They let me try.
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723553713042821124

Obviously Mark still has amiable relationship with Mike or else Mike wouldn't have decided to meet with Mark to hear the case for Legacy servers.

Ok, so maybe it was Executive Producer. That's nothing creative. Kern often claims to be creative, but executive producers are project managers.

And yes, you're still quoting him. Literally no one backs him up on these claims. No one. Not a single person. And, looking at his history post-WoW, it's hard to believe those claims.
 
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29. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 7, 2016, 08:57 RedEye9
 
Sepharo wrote on May 6, 2016, 19:03:
You guys thought I was making a joke down there.

I understand the lack of critical thinking but rarely have i seen such illogical statements based on vapor.

The thread is rapidly approaching meme territory.
 
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28. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 21:48 Kxmode
 
nin wrote on May 6, 2016, 21:31:
But I look forward to taunting your mercilessly in the months and years to come.

Don't hold back.
 
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27. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 21:31 nin
 
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 19:02:
nin wrote on May 6, 2016, 16:34:
I'm sorry to be an ass, but you've gone off the deep end with your blizzard crusade.

No need to apologize.

With all due respect I know what you're trying to do. You're trying to lock me down to specifics. As I've already stated I don't know what the specific numbers are. All I can do is provide an analysis of WHY Blizzard will lose money, not HOW much they will lose. I based my statement on all relevant information I've read and heard. It really boils down to cause and effect. The Cause: Blizzard shut down Nostalrius. The Effect: A backlash stunting Blizzard's financials. That's a bona fide fact. As far as HOW MUCH Blizzard will lose, we'll wait and see.

I think its unfair to label my statements as "wild speculation" since I've repeatedly stated where the source of my information came from. Wild speculation is typically based on nothing.

Anyhow, I hope we're still cool.

I'ma let it go, because my last post (actually 2) made me feel like an asshole.

But I look forward to taunting your mercilessly in the months and years to come.

 
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26. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 19:12 Kxmode
 
Beamer wrote on May 6, 2016, 17:50:
You've got to stop citing Mark Kern. "Team Lead" is a vague title, and all the others I see from Blizzard on LinkedIn came from Customer Service, not development.

Team Lead was the "Executive Producer" in vanilla. Blizzard changed it to "Executive Producer" for TBC.

Beamer wrote on May 6, 2016, 17:50:
The only people that claim Mark Kern is responsible for WoW being WoW are Mark Kern.

I typically take someone at their word until it becomes clear they're lying. I haven't seen anything from Mark to suggest he's lying. So until that happens I'm going to take him at his word.

That being said check this out...

vomiting_cat: Look at Oldschool Runescape's success. Look at Nostalrius and now Kronos/Lordaeron. Sometimes feels like, you're wrong?
Mark: Blizzard was pretty sure WoW should be cancelled to, until I convinced them to try.
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723670297405054978

Mark: They all seem to forget I saved WoW from cancellation and got it shipped in the first place.
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723552778308608000
Khayotix: tell us the story Mark! What happened that the game needed saving? History lesson time!
Mark: The game was in shambles, the lead left to start Arena. net. Blizzard said, no way to continue
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723553532465418240
Mark: I said I would join the team, find a new lead prog and help turn the game around. They let me try.
https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723553713042821124

Obviously Mark still has amiable relationship with Mike or else Mike wouldn't have decided to meet with Mark to hear the case for Legacy servers.
 
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25. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 19:03 Sepharo
 
You guys thought I was making a joke down there.  
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24. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 19:02 Kxmode
 
nin wrote on May 6, 2016, 16:34:
I'm sorry to be an ass, but you've gone off the deep end with your blizzard crusade.

No need to apologize.

With all due respect I know what you're trying to do. You're trying to lock me down to specifics. As I've already stated I don't know what the specific numbers are. All I can do is provide an analysis of WHY Blizzard will lose money, not HOW much they will lose. I based my statement on all relevant information I've read and heard. It really boils down to cause and effect. The Cause: Blizzard shut down Nostalrius. The Effect: A backlash stunting Blizzard's financials. That's a bona fide fact. As far as HOW MUCH Blizzard will lose, we'll wait and see.

I think its unfair to label my statements as "wild speculation" since I've repeatedly stated where the source of my information came from. Wild speculation is typically based on nothing.

Anyhow, I hope we're still cool.
 
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23. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 17:50 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:29:
On top of ALL of this vanilla team lead Mark Kern has given his support and voice to help us. All this work has finally paid off because Blizzard is separately meeting with Nostalrius and Mark Kern very soon.

You've got to stop citing Mark Kern. "Team Lead" is a vague title, and all the others I see from Blizzard on LinkedIn came from Customer Service, not development.

The only people that claim Mark Kern is responsible for WoW being WoW are Mark Kern.
 
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22. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 16:36 nin
 
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 16:18:
250,000+ people signed the petition for official Legacy servers.

And the single thing that proves is...250K people went to a web page and filled out a form.

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21. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 16:34 nin
 
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 16:11:
- We know, for a fact, Blizzard shut down Nostalrius at the very beginning of Q2; the negative effect is going to ripple throughout the entire quarter.

How big? Go ahead and make a crazy guess?

- We know, for a fact, Blizzard angered a sizable number of people.

Numbers?

- We know, for a fact, people have cancelled their WOW subscriptions.

Numbers?

- We know, for a fact, people have cancelled their Overwatch and Legion preorders.

Numbers?

- We know, for a fact, people have stopped buying Blizzard's other games.

Numbers?

- We know, for a fact, people have stopped buying DLCs for HOTS and Hearthstone.

Numbers?

- Many have said they will not see the Warcraft film (I'm not sure if this will happen, so I'm classifying it as a variable).

Numbers?

ALL of this is either going to or has hit Blizzard like a tidal wave.

When exactly? And how much?

Not only is their PR being damaged they are also sustaining financial damage as well.

How much?

These are also facts based on current and past indicators.

This is your opinion, based on talking to people on the internet, the last bastion of truth, where lies and exaggerations never occur.


I believe I've presented my case very rationally. If you still think I'm being delusional then you're entitled to your opinion.

You've presented your opinion with nothing to back it up.


As far as the WOW shutting down in 5 years, again I made this prediction based on an analysis of several factors. I'm not going to go into the details of what they are but suffice it to say if Blizzard doesn't bring vanilla back WOW's shelf is going to drop to 5 years.

No, you said:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 26, 2016, 12:05:
WOW is going to fold in about 5 years.

And the reason you won't be going into details is all you have is wild speculation.

I'm sorry to be an ass, but you've gone off the deep end with your blizzard crusade.

 
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20. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 16:18 Kxmode
 
descender wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:47:
Your assumption that a significant portion of PAYING customers are going to quit because they shuttered a FREE server is just mind boggling. And somehow Blizzard is going to lose money because people who were not paying them are now going to convince other people who are paying them to... quit?

Delusional. No one outside of your bandwagon of free-loaders is following you down this path.

250,000+ people signed the petition for official Legacy servers. Obviously an official server implies a subscription in order to play. "Free-loaders" is an unfair assessment to make given Blizzard had repeatedly said No to vanilla servers. I bought three copies of vanilla back in the day. However, according to Blizzard it is illegal for me to play my legally purchased copies on private servers. This is ridiculous. The sooner the LOC steps in an includes MMOs in the DMCA modifications the better.
 
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19. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 16:14 AngelicPenguin
 
Kxmode wrote on May 5, 2016, 22:18:
Wait until Q2 ends Blizzard. Your numbers are going to be drastically lower; guaranteed.

Have you seen the amount of money Hearthstone brings in? They might as well be printing it themselves. And the expansion just dropped last week. I'm going to go out on my own limb and say they are going to be just fine.
 
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18. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 16:11 Kxmode
 
nin wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:46:
You're spinning a pie in the sky narrative with nothing to back it up other than "trust me on this".

Last week, you announced the most popular mmo in the history of gaming would be shut down in 5 years, again, with nothing but "trust me,
I know stuff".

That's delusion. Your are letting your emotions cloud your judgement, and making wacky claims with no proof.

I cannot stress how important this point is: Analysis is NEVER delusional. It's the glue that helps people make educated guesses about the future. Seriously, people purchasing stocks typically base their conclusions on an analysis of company performance AND consumer response.

- We know, for a fact, Blizzard shut down Nostalrius at the very beginning of Q2; the negative effect is going to ripple throughout the entire quarter.
- We know, for a fact, Blizzard angered a sizable number of people.
- We know, for a fact, people have cancelled their WOW subscriptions.
- We know, for a fact, people have cancelled their Overwatch and Legion preorders.
- We know, for a fact, people have stopped buying Blizzard's other games.
- We know, for a fact, people have stopped buying DLCs for HOTS and Hearthstone.
- Many have said they will not see the Warcraft film (I'm not sure if this will happen, so I'm classifying it as a variable).

Those are facts as I've seen them online. ALL of this is either going to or has hit Blizzard like a tidal wave. Not only is their PR being damaged they are also sustaining financial damage as well.

Will Blizzard collapse because of this? No.
Will Blizzard fire anyone because of this? Likely no.
Will Blizzard sell millions of copies of Overwatch and Legion? Of course.
Will people resub to WOW to play Legion? Of course.
Will Blizzard bring vanilla servers online? (I'm not sure so that's why I'm classifying this as a variable).

These are also facts based on current and past indicators.

All of information above combined together helps create a reasonable conclusion that at the end of Q2 Blizzard is going to suffer from drastic reduction in Q2 profits. I believe I've presented my case very rationally. If you still think I'm being delusional then you're entitled to your opinion.

As far as the WOW shutting down in 5 years, again I made this prediction based on an analysis of several factors. I'm not going to go into the details of what they are but suffice it to say if Blizzard doesn't bring vanilla back WOW's shelf is going to drop to 5 years.
 
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17. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 15:47 descender
 
Your assumption that a significant portion of PAYING customers are going to quit because they shuttered a FREE server is just mind boggling. And somehow Blizzard is going to lose money because people who were not paying them are now going to convince other people who are paying them to... quit?

Delusional. No one outside of your bandwagon of free-loaders is following you down this path.
 
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16. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 15:46 nin
 
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:41:
nin wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:14:
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:08:
It's an absolute certainty that Blizzard's numbers are going to be drastically lower at the end of Q2.

Still waiting on a number.

Also, you're delusional.

I've analyzed the situation and made a deduction based on the available evidence. The evidence suggests the amount of backlash against Blizzard is going to have negative effect on their Q2 profits. As far as specific numbers go I cannot provide this because I don't know; realistically no one knows, not even Blizzard. "Drastically lower" was language specifically chosen for this reason.

Let's look at the definition of two words.

delusion - an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder.

analysis - detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.

So in conclusion an analysis can never be delusional when it based on facts. You're been a reasonable person nin. What gives?

You're spinning a pie in the sky narrative with nothing to back it up other than "trust me on this".

Last week, you announced the most popular mmo in the history of gaming would be shut down in 5 years, again, with nothing but "trust me,
I know stuff".

That's delusion. Your are letting your emotions cloud your judgement, and making wacky claims with no proof.

 
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15. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 15:41 Kxmode
 
nin wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:14:
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:08:
It's an absolute certainty that Blizzard's numbers are going to be drastically lower at the end of Q2.

Still waiting on a number.

Also, you're delusional.

I've analyzed the situation and made a deduction based on the available evidence. The evidence suggests the amount of backlash against Blizzard is going to have negative effect on their Q2 profits. As far as specific numbers go I cannot provide this because I don't know; realistically no one knows, not even Blizzard. "Drastically lower" was language specifically chosen for this reason.

Let's look at the definition of two words.

delusion - an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder.

analysis - detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.

So in conclusion an analysis can never be delusional when it based on facts. You've been a reasonable person nin. What gives?
 
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14. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 15:29 Kxmode
 
Brazor wrote on May 6, 2016, 01:20:
HorrorScope wrote on May 5, 2016, 23:26:
Sepharo wrote on May 5, 2016, 23:09:
No he's saying they're going to go down because they snubbed a pirate vanilla WoW server

LOL
Yeah
They are not worried about those people.

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/20743584206
They put the line out to see if there are enough people with interest in features that they can do. Also to keep the forums clean and not full of multiple threads on the same topic.

I was surprised that they said anything at all. They usually stay silent to keep from feeding rage. Fortunately, they are still being noble about it. I know there are some Blizz people outside of the WoW dev team that disagree.

The wellspring of support has been exponentially growing since TBC's release. Fans have repeatedly asked Blizzard on the official WOW forums and at Blizzcon for legacy servers; they said no. To Brack's "you think you do, but you don't" Nostalrius demonstrated a proof of concept that worked with close to a million accounts and 150,000 active accounts. Over 250,000 and growing have signed the petition. All of Blizzard's social media channels have been swamped with people specifically asking for vanilla servers. Most of the top Twitch channels have pledged to stream vanilla and retail WOW if Blizzard hosts official vanilla server. Together they have a viewership of 14 million. This would instantly make WOW the #1 stream. People like JonTron, with million of subscribers, created videos talking about vanilla and legacy servers; at present there's about 76,000 Nostalrius videos on Youtube. On top of ALL of this vanilla team lead Mark Kern has given his support and voice to help us. All this work has finally paid off because Blizzard is separately meeting with Nostalrius and Mark Kern very soon.

Will Blizzard say yes after all that? I don't know. I hope. But it would be an industry first and set a precedent for a publisher as big as Blizzard to bring legacy content online concurrent to live version.
 
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13. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 15:14 nin
 
Kxmode wrote on May 6, 2016, 15:08:
It's an absolute certainty that Blizzard's numbers are going to be drastically lower at the end of Q2.

Still waiting on a number.

Also, you're delusional.

 
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12. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 6, 2016, 15:08 Kxmode
 
Frijoles wrote on May 5, 2016, 23:00:
Kxmode wrote on May 5, 2016, 22:18:
Wait until Q2 ends Blizzard. Your numbers are going to be drastically lower; guaranteed.

Are you saying their numbers are going to go down despite launching their first new game in 17 years? Or they're going to go down because people will leave Overwatch and everything else? What happens in the next 2 months?

No, I'm making that prediction based on numerous people saying they've cancelled their WOW subs (I did too), cancelled Overwatch and Legion preorders (I cancelled Legion), not purchasing other games (I was going to buy the complete Starcraft 2 collection, not anymore), not buying DLCs for HOTS and Hearthstone, and many won't see the film (though that's probably not going to happen). Blizzard's actions caused a negative ripple effect to all their products. It's an absolute certainty that Blizzard's numbers are going to be drastically lower at the end of Q2.
 
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