EA sees quarterly and yearly revenue dropoffs, plans to port Apex Legends to mobile

    
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Activision-Blizzard wasn’t the only company to see a weak start to 2019: EA also saw a drop off in revenue for Q1 2019, with its yearly revenues dropping 4% YOY and its quarterly revenues dropping 22% since this same quarter last year. That’s in spite of the successful stealth-launch of Apex and the less-critically-acclaimed launch of Anthem earlier this year.

CEO Andrew Wilson characterized the fiscal year as a moment of “strong growth” and anticipates that the next fiscal year will also be “a year of continued growth for our industry.”

During its conference call, EA announced that it would be porting Apex Legends to mobile as well as to China – both clear aims to compete with Fortnite. Apparently, Apex is the company’s fastest-growing game ever and tapped into a large market of players who weren’t previously on Origin.

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Just business. Nothing personal.

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Jack Pipsam

Interesting to see source run on mobile.

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Nathan Aldana

wehn in doubt, double down on the newest fad until it inevitably runs dry.

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Tobasco da Gama

ApeLeg’s season 2 is being revealed at E3, apparently: https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/05/08/apex-legends-season-2-to-be-revealed-at-e3

A big stage reveal like that implies that it’s going to be a LOT bigger than season 1, and Respawn already hinted that they’d be making some map changes. Makes me wonder if some season 1 content (like monsters invading the arena, hinted at in some of the season 1 trailers?) got held back to season 2 to make for a more impressive E3 reveal, though.

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Greaterdivinity

I’m hype for new Plants vs. Zombies, I just hope it’s not another shooter entry and we can get back to the original format.

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rosieposie

At this point the only thing experiencing ‘strong growth’ is a festering and bleeding hemorrhoid deep up Andrew Wilson’s rectum.

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IronSalamander8 .

How on Earth do you play a FPS or TPS (Fortnite) on a phone? I have phone games but tried Minecraft on my phone and that was a PITA to control. I have no idea how someone can play something like that on a phone. Is it just practice overcoming it? I normally am fine with some controller teething issues, but found it insurmountable on my phone.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Always wondered the same thing. I play stronghold kingdoms on mobile, and it’s just painful to get some things done in certain instances. Also have done a couple mobile specific RPGs and Simulator games, and yeah, not ideal.

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Jack Pipsam

Kids can do it. That’s all I know.

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mysecretid

As predicted, it seems like “do something for mobile” seems to be the one-size-fit-all answer for renewed profitability in the minds of the gigantic game publishers …

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mysecretid

Judy Garland’s “i’m Always Chasing Rainbows” seems somehow appropriate here. Everybody in the boardroom sing! :-)