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Second quarter earnings for EA were “$255 million in profits on $1.28 billion in revenues,” Gamasutra’s Alex Wawro reports. “Lower-than-expected forecasts for next quarter — the big holiday quarter — seem to have driven EA’s stock price down.”
Digital Bros. saw declines in revenue and profits “in the last fiscal year, largely due to a lack of major new releases,” GI.biz’s Matthew Handrahan writes. “The Italian company earned €76 million in gross revenue, mostly through the activities of its publishing label 505 Games. This represents a 42.7% decrease over the fiscal year ended June 2017.”
Ubisoft’s Q2 “reported H1 sales of €767 million ($870 million USD) and Q2 sales of €367.1 ($416.4 USD),” GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine reports.
The Nintendo Switch has officially outsold the GameCube with over 21.74 million sales, Eurogamer’s Wesley Yin-Poole reports.
The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro have sold more than 86.1 million units, IGN’s Jonathan Dornbush reports.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson “said that on a long enough timeline, video games may get closer to TV, movies, and music where the content you consume is not bound to any one specific piece of hardware” during EA’s Q2 earnings call, GameSpot’s Eddie Makuch reports.
Additionally, EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed Respawn Entertainment is “working on more than one new game with Electronic Arts due out by next holiday season,” Variety’s Brian Crecente reports.
Interviews: Devolver Digital’s Graeme Struthers (PC Gamer), Kate Edwards (GI.biz) and Oculus’s Palmer Luckey (GI.biz).
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Global Electronic Sports Championship “has failed to pay a group including players, teams, talent and agencies following its events in 2018,” Esports Insider’s Oliver Ring writes. “The total amount said to be owed by GESC is over $750,000 and includes work undertaken as early as 2017 in consultancy services.”
Dota 2 came in 4th for total hours watched on Twitch in the last week at 9.32 million, TEO reports. Black Ops 4 was in 6th at 9.17 million and Hearthstone in 9th at 3.73 million.
Turtle Beach and DreamHack are increasing their partnership “to sponsor DreamHack Atlanta on November 16-18th,” Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch writes.
Esports Insider and Esports Integrity Coalition are partnering so “ESI become the Key Media partner of ESIC,” Esports Insider announced.
Incent and Gfinity Esports Australia are partnering with Incent becoming “the loyalty partner for the Gfinity Elite Series Australia,” Fitch reports.
IN: Philadelphia Fusion entered Hearthstone.
Happy birthday Brandon “Lachinio” Lachin and Victor “Ferra” Francal!