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EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players

Electronic Arts Reports Q4 FY17 and Full Year FY17 Financial Results. "We generated record net sales and operating cash flow in fiscal 2017, driven by our ongoing transition to digital as well as our increasing success with live services," explains Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. "Our long-term vision, to leverage deep player engagement to drive growth and profitability, is enabling us to execute on our near-term financial goals to increase revenue, earnings and cash generation." They highlight some details from the report, including word that Battlefield 1 has more than 19 million players:
Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics:

  • Digital net sales* of $3.034 billion for fiscal 2017; this represents 61% of total net sales, up 20% year-over-year.
  • EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One consoles in the Western World for fiscal 2017, based on available sources and EA estimates.
  • Through the end of FY17, Battlefield™ 1 had more than 19 million players joining the game, a 50% increase over Battlefield 4™ in the comparable period.
  • More than 21 million players have joined FIFA 17 to date including more than 12 million players that have engaged in our new story mode “The Journey”.
  • FIFA Ultimate Team™ had 13% more players year-over-year through the end of Q4.
  • In Q4, average gameplay time per player in STAR WARS™: Galaxy of Heroes reached a new record high of 162 minutes per day.
  • Monthly active users in Q4 for The Sims™ 4 increased 33% year-over-year.

* Net sales is defined as the net amount of products and services sold digitally or sold-in physically in the period.

Selected Financial Highlights and Metrics:
All financial measures are presented on a GAAP basis.

  • Net cash provided by operating activities for the fourth quarter was $407 million.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities for the fiscal year was a record $1.383 billion.
  • In Q4, EA repurchased 1.5 million shares for $125 million.
  • In fiscal 2017, EA repurchased 6.5 million shares for $508 million.
  • EA announced a new $1.2 billion, two-year stock repurchase program.

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17. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 11, 2017, 04:32 Jerykk
 
Blahman wrote on May 10, 2017, 16:42:
Flak wrote on May 10, 2017, 05:35:
Slick wrote on May 10, 2017, 03:57:
Still the best engine, the best FPS hit detection, the best a lot of things. The main game modes are getting dull as fuck for me after playing the same shit for 15 years, but going to Battlegrounds is just painful trying to aim, shoot, or have your hits reg. Say what you will about BF1, the underlying technology is the high bar for FPS games.

This may be the most frustrating part of all. After DICE LA massively cleaned up the mess than was the launch of BF4, the game evolved into a very tight shooter for it's scale, to this day it's still the most fluid and fun large-scale multiplayer FPS by a large margin. BF1 is a technical marvel on many levels, visuals, audio design, netcode performance among other things. If only they put the same amount of thought into the game and level design. With some fresh ideas, the franchise could really be given a breath of fresh air given the technology they have.

I think EA will likely make a Battle Royale game after seeing PUBG's success. I say bring it on, a little competition can't hurt.

I wouldn't be so sure. They never jumped onto the survival sandbox bandwagon and this is essentially just a variation of that. Also, neither genre has been a proven success on consoles yet.
 
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16. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 19:12 Osc8r
 
Blahman wrote on May 10, 2017, 16:42:
Flak wrote on May 10, 2017, 05:35:
Slick wrote on May 10, 2017, 03:57:
Still the best engine, the best FPS hit detection, the best a lot of things. The main game modes are getting dull as fuck for me after playing the same shit for 15 years, but going to Battlegrounds is just painful trying to aim, shoot, or have your hits reg. Say what you will about BF1, the underlying technology is the high bar for FPS games.

This may be the most frustrating part of all. After DICE LA massively cleaned up the mess than was the launch of BF4, the game evolved into a very tight shooter for it's scale, to this day it's still the most fluid and fun large-scale multiplayer FPS by a large margin. BF1 is a technical marvel on many levels, visuals, audio design, netcode performance among other things. If only they put the same amount of thought into the game and level design. With some fresh ideas, the franchise could really be given a breath of fresh air given the technology they have.

I think EA will likely make a Battle Royale game after seeing PUBG's success. I say bring it on, a little competition can't hurt.

Yeah, i used to get downvoted to hell for it on h1z1 reddit - but i always used to say... imagine how great a battle royal game would be if it was done with the latest frostbite engine.

 
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15. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 16:42 Blahman
 
Flak wrote on May 10, 2017, 05:35:
Slick wrote on May 10, 2017, 03:57:
Still the best engine, the best FPS hit detection, the best a lot of things. The main game modes are getting dull as fuck for me after playing the same shit for 15 years, but going to Battlegrounds is just painful trying to aim, shoot, or have your hits reg. Say what you will about BF1, the underlying technology is the high bar for FPS games.

This may be the most frustrating part of all. After DICE LA massively cleaned up the mess than was the launch of BF4, the game evolved into a very tight shooter for it's scale, to this day it's still the most fluid and fun large-scale multiplayer FPS by a large margin. BF1 is a technical marvel on many levels, visuals, audio design, netcode performance among other things. If only they put the same amount of thought into the game and level design. With some fresh ideas, the franchise could really be given a breath of fresh air given the technology they have.

I think EA will likely make a Battle Royale game after seeing PUBG's success. I say bring it on, a little competition can't hurt.
 
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14. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 14:07 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on May 10, 2017, 13:27:
That's actually depressing to think there are that many people who subject themselves to the same old mindless pew-pew with a graphical face lift.

Think of the silver-lining side: All of us addicts could be doing something far more dangerous, such as smoking crack or collecting stamps. At least FPS games are relatively harmless.
 
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13. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 13:27 Porn-O-Matic
 
That's actually depressing to think there are that many people who subject themselves to the same old mindless pew-pew with a graphical face lift.  
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12. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 09:49 Suppa7
 
Verno wrote on May 10, 2017, 09:39:
Osc8r wrote on May 9, 2017, 23:26:
BF1 sucked balls. Played it for like a week and i was done, uninstalled.

Played BF2 and BF4 on and off for years.

I had fun with it but yeah it was fleeting, the game lacks depth. The ribbon system was abysmal too. I've logged less than 80 hours in this, the lowest yet for any BF game. Perhaps I'm just tiring of the formula though.

Unfortunately the demographic waves allow companies to put out the same shit because there are a fresh batch of teens.
 
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11. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 09:39 Verno
 
Osc8r wrote on May 9, 2017, 23:26:
BF1 sucked balls. Played it for like a week and i was done, uninstalled.

Played BF2 and BF4 on and off for years.

I had fun with it but yeah it was fleeting, the game lacks depth. The ribbon system was abysmal too. I've logged less than 80 hours in this, the lowest yet for any BF game. Perhaps I'm just tiring of the formula though.
 
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10. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 09:21 Luke
 
Slick wrote on May 10, 2017, 03:57:
Also, anyone remember when I said this would be the best selling BF game of all time? and easily crack 12m? And people on here told me I was crazy? xD

Well......still are.
 
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9. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 05:35 Flak
 
Slick wrote on May 10, 2017, 03:57:
Still the best engine, the best FPS hit detection, the best a lot of things. The main game modes are getting dull as fuck for me after playing the same shit for 15 years, but going to Battlegrounds is just painful trying to aim, shoot, or have your hits reg. Say what you will about BF1, the underlying technology is the high bar for FPS games.

This may be the most frustrating part of all. After DICE LA massively cleaned up the mess than was the launch of BF4, the game evolved into a very tight shooter for it's scale, to this day it's still the most fluid and fun large-scale multiplayer FPS by a large margin. BF1 is a technical marvel on many levels, visuals, audio design, netcode performance among other things. If only they put the same amount of thought into the game and level design. With some fresh ideas, the franchise could really be given a breath of fresh air given the technology they have.
 
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8. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 03:57 Slick
 
Also, anyone remember when I said this would be the best selling BF game of all time? and easily crack 12m? And people on here told me I was crazy? xD

Still the best engine, the best FPS hit detection, the best a lot of things. The main game modes are getting dull as fuck for me after playing the same shit for 15 years, but going to Battlegrounds is just painful trying to aim, shoot, or have your hits reg. Say what you will about BF1, the underlying technology is the high bar for FPS games.
 
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7. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 03:09 Slick
 
Dacron wrote on May 10, 2017, 02:42:
Flak wrote on May 10, 2017, 02:08:
19 million players and yet the active player count is not that much higher than BF4. Hard to believe so many suckers paid $50+ for that...but actually now that I think about Battlefront which was pretty much the exact same soulless husk of a game that stupid asshole gamers paid a lot of money for.

BF1 (aside from Hardline...spin-off doesn't count) is the first Battlefield game I haven't purchased at launch, let alone it's launch year.

The cheapest I can find it for from a 'key' site is $35...that's a joke for the base game, I wouldn't pay more than $15 on it's best day.

Double-bonus edit: Oh, and EA can fuck right off as long as they keep fragmenting their community with their dumbass premium MAP DLCs.

I've been a die hard fan since 1942. Owned them all, some on multiple platforms.

Hardline was the last for me. I enjoyed it (not as much as the others), but it really did start the downfall of the series. I didn't even try the Star Wars one (despite being beautiful) because you could see how shallow it was from videos.

It's sad, and they're still insanely profitable over it.

The "Star Wars" one, wasn't a Battlefield game.
 
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6. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 02:42 Dacron
 
Flak wrote on May 10, 2017, 02:08:
19 million players and yet the active player count is not that much higher than BF4. Hard to believe so many suckers paid $50+ for that...but actually now that I think about Battlefront which was pretty much the exact same soulless husk of a game that stupid asshole gamers paid a lot of money for.

BF1 (aside from Hardline...spin-off doesn't count) is the first Battlefield game I haven't purchased at launch, let alone it's launch year.

The cheapest I can find it for from a 'key' site is $35...that's a joke for the base game, I wouldn't pay more than $15 on it's best day.

Double-bonus edit: Oh, and EA can fuck right off as long as they keep fragmenting their community with their dumbass premium MAP DLCs.

I've been a die hard fan since 1942. Owned them all, some on multiple platforms.

Hardline was the last for me. I enjoyed it (not as much as the others), but it really did start the downfall of the series. I didn't even try the Star Wars one (despite being beautiful) because you could see how shallow it was from videos.

It's sad, and they're still insanely profitable over it.
 



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5. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 02:08 Flak
 
19 million players and yet the active player count is not that much higher than BF4. Hard to believe so many suckers paid $50+ for that...but actually now that I think about Battlefront which was pretty much the exact same soulless husk of a game that stupid asshole gamers paid a lot of money for.

BF1 (aside from Hardline...spin-off doesn't count) is the first Battlefield game I haven't purchased at launch, let alone it's launch year.

The cheapest I can find it for from a 'key' site is $35...that's a joke for the base game, I wouldn't pay more than $15 on it's best day.

Double-bonus edit: Oh, and EA can fuck right off as long as they keep fragmenting their community with their dumbass premium MAP DLCs.
 
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4. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 10, 2017, 01:24 Yosemite Sam
 
"Our long-term vision, to leverage deep player engagement to drive growth and profitability, is enabling us to execute on our near-term financial goals to increase revenue, earnings and cash generation."

In gamerspeak, they're going to micro transaction the hell out of the fanbois.
 
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3. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 9, 2017, 23:26 Osc8r
 
BF1 sucked balls. Played it for like a week and i was done, uninstalled.

Played BF2 and BF4 on and off for years.
 
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2. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 9, 2017, 22:24 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 9, 2017, 20:57:
Sadly those 19m players are sure as hell not on PC.. because if you wanna play hardcore or any other interesting game-mode outside of a weekend, you are just flat out of luck.

I'm a bit sad to say you are correct, PC population has to be way down, I've pretty much lost interest in BF1 at this point myself.
 
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1. Re: EA Financials Reveal 19 Million BF1 Players May 9, 2017, 20:57 eRe4s3r
 
Sadly those 19m players are sure as hell not on PC.. because if you wanna play hardcore or any other interesting game-mode outside of a weekend, you are just flat out of luck.  
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