Gaming company Electronic Arts has reported the earnings for its holiday quarter. The company performed ahead of expectations.
The revenue from EA’s microtransaction bucket– Live Services–reached nearly $1 billion. Another highlight was Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which performed above expectations.
EA made $993 million from live services during the quarter ended December 31. For the 12 months as a whole, EA made $2.835 billion from microtransactions. EA made a total of $1.593 billion in revenue for the quarter and $361 million in profit, so as you can see, microtransactions are very big business for EA. A major part of EA’s microtransaction revenue comes from the Ultimate Team modes for EA’s sports games, including FIFA, Madden, and NHL.
All gaming websites also confirm that players have become more interested in eSports bets and tournaments.
The publisher also said Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order performed significantly above expectations. EA was modelling sales of 6-8 million copies, but now the company is expecting sales to reach 10 million copies during the current fiscal year ending March 31.
Additionally, EA said Star Wars: Battlefront II performed above expectations as well due in part to the renewed interest in Star Wars overall thanks to The Rise of Skywalker and more.
EA also said Apex Legends saw higher player engagement during Season 3 than in Season 2, and EA will be looking to build on that momentum for the upcoming Season 4.
Also during the earnings call, EA re-confirmed its plans to launch a new Battlefield game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The company is planning additional releases as well, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said. “We’ll be ready to lead with some of our top titles,” he said.
Digitain to Officially Launch its Relum Casino Engine at the Upcoming Edition of ICE London 2023
Digitain is set to officially launch its Relum casino engine at the upcoming edition of ICE London 2023.
Relum, a Casino Engine with a rich game portfolio and promotional tools such as Jackpot, Tournament and Free Game, powered by cutting-edge technology, has been in the market since 2022.
In terms of results, Relum provides instant access to over 13,000 games from more than 160 content providers.
“2023 is meant to become the defining year for our company. To be honest, it still amazes me to realize how much we have already achieved. With such an ambitious start we had in 2022, our further steps are to secure the success we have already achieved in terms of software solutions development,” Emil Hakobian, CEO of Relum, said.
“We are thrilled to bring Relum to the market. We have worked tirelessly to develop the Casino Engine with Game Aggregator. We are confident that Relum will quickly become a leading company in the industry,” Vardges Vardanyan, founder of Relum and Digitain Group, said.
Relum said its focus for 2023 will be to expand and develop the existing tools to support its partners’ business growth.
Aristocrat Appoints New Senior Market Manager for France
Aristocrat Gaming has appointed experienced slot games specialist Marie Hubaud to the newly created role of senior market manager for France.
A graduate of SKEMA Business School, Lille and an Executive Master of Business Administration in Digital Strategies, Hubaud was most recently sales & marketing director at LUDI SFM for six years and has also served in senior commercial, marketing and management roles for a diverse range of blue chip brands in FMCG and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as enjoying spells of volunteering with charitable organisations.
“France is a key market for Aristocrat Gaming. Over the last decade, we’ve established a significant footprint across French gaming floors and a loyal following amongst players. Marie has extensive knowledge of the market and will serve as a conduit of support for our long-standing SFM distributor, Société Française de Commercialisation d’Appareils Automatiques (SFC2A). We look forward to strengthening our partnership with them and the many French operators with whom we have shared much success in recent years,” Chris Rowe, managing director of LATAM & EMEA, Aristocrat Gaming, said.
Dallmeier Shortlisted for the European Casino Awards 2023
Dallmeier, an expert in video technology for casinos, has been shortlisted in two categories for the upcoming European Casino Awards 2023, its Panomera W8 360° cameras as “Best new innovative product” and Casino Automation Technology CAT as “Best table gaming product”.
The Panomera W8 is a 360° camera with 4K resolution ensuring complete 360° coverage without a “blind spot” below the camera. Six sensors are arranged in a circle, a seventh sensor covers the overall scene and an eighth sensor captures the blind spot below the camera. From these eight images, the software then stitches a complete image of the half-sphere around the camera location that has been captured without gaps. Within this overview image, multiple operators can open any number of detail areas with a mouse-click and zoom in and move around in these areas as if it was a PTZ cam.
Casino operators who use such systems report that they regularly reduce the time needed from the detection of an incident to the resolution – e.g., by catching an offender – by a factor of up to 10 or more.
Furthermore, the overall costs for monitoring the gaming floor are reduced. Although the costs per camera are higher than a PTZ system, far fewer cameras need to be installed. The resulting savings in installation, infrastructure, and maintenance as well as in operation itself outweigh the additional costs for the cameras themselves.
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