The results are in for the third fiscal quarter and Electronic Arts is doing better than expected. The publishing company saw exceptional growth across a number of titles including Star Wars: The Old Republic, which had its highest subscriber level in the last 3 years.
EA managed to secure the number one publisher spot in the West across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. This success is contributed to a variety of factors across multiple genres. Madden NFL 16 and FIFA 16 were the most popular sports titles in the United States and Europe, respectively. The most recent Need for Speed title had twice the amount of active players when compared to the previous game.
“This holiday season we connected millions of players through amazing games across multiple platforms,” said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. “From the stunning visuals and gameplay of STAR WARS Battlefront, to the anytime, anywhere competition in Madden NFL Mobile, players are deeply engaged across the increasing depth and breadth of the EA portfolio.”
The Old Republic wasn’t the only Star Wars game to see success either. Star Wars: Battlefront surpassed the expected sale of 13 million units. Finally, there were more than 150 million hours logged between Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline this quarter.
“It was a great quarter with non-GAAP revenue and earnings that exceeded our guidance,” said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. “Our results were driven by strong performances from STAR WARS: Battlefront, Need for Speed, Ultimate Team and catalog titles.”
EA finished this quarter with a non-GAAP net revenue of $1.803 billion, and a record operating cash flow of $889 million.
It’s likely that the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens had something to do with the increase in sales for both Star Wars: The Old Republic and Battlefront.
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