Here’s a sign of the times: Activision has confirmed through recently released financial documents that it made more money from its phone games in the past quarter than all of its console and PC games combined.
As noted by TweakTownActivision’s quarterly report was released last week and sheds some light on how the biggest games on PC, console and mobile are doing financially. And because of games like Diablo Immortal, Call of Duty mobileand Candy Crush Sagathe besieged Duty publisher makes a lot of money from phone games. In fact, more than half of total revenue for the second quarter of 2022 came from mobile titles and not from console or PC games.
According to the report, approximately 51 percent of Activision’s total revenue for the second quarter of 2022 came from mobile games. That equates to a total of $831 million in mobile game revenue. Meanwhile, the console games made about $376 million and PC games brought in slightly less, $332 million. Finally, it made $105 million in events and esports.
What you might not expect, especially if you don’t realize how massive mobile gaming has become over the past decade, is that of the $831 million made from phone games, most of it came from King’s titles and not from things like Call of Duty mobile. In the report, Activision says that King titles like Candy Crush and Farm heroes brought in over $680 million.
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What these numbers reveal is that for major publishers like Activision, the future is likely to be one in which it invests even more resources and money in mobile games and focuses less and less on console games. In an era where AAA games are more expensive to make than ever, take years to makeand often flop, mobile games have become a lifeline for major game companies looking to keep their heads above water.
For Activision it is especially important if: Duty keeps losing millions of players and underachieving. Since the company has spent many years of its energy on: Duty—at one point even every studio that owned it working on the franchise in some capacity – it’s likely it will try to diversify more into mobile, not less, in the future.
It should also be noted that Activision’s hugely successful mobile games are one of the main reasons Microsoft began the process to buy the company earlier this year after a massive, public fallout after the company was sued over years of sexual harassment and discrimination.
In a way, Duty and warcraft are more like bonuses Xbox gets on top of from King and his money printing games.
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