Battlefield 3 Premium sells 4 million

$50 subscription service reaches new user milestone; Origin membership climbs to 50 million; EA revenue for quarter hits $495 million.

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Battlefield 3 Premium now has 4 million subscribers, publisher Electronic Arts announced today as part of its financial report for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30.

A subscription to Battlefield 3 Premium costs $50, meaning the service has now generated $200 million for EA. EA also announced that its Origin service now has 50 million users, including 22 million on mobile devices.

For the quarter, EA posted net income of $222 million on revenue of $495 million, up from $491 million during the same period last year. Of note, EA digital revenue for the period surpassed packaged revenue for the period by a healthy margin.

"EA had a solid quarter driven by continued digital growth and disciplined cost management," executive chairman Larry Probst said in a statement. "We are also executing on a clear set of goals for leadership on mobile, PC, current and next generation consoles."

The publisher also called out The Simpsons: Tapped Out as a top performer during the period, posting its highest revenue quarter since launch in August 2012. EA's mobile and handheld digital revenue was also a bright spot, rising 30 percent to $103 million.

Real Racing 3 has been downloaded more than 45 million times, EA said, and has averaged over 2 million daily active users since launch in March. FIFA 13 digital net revenue hit $70 million in the quarter, surging 92 percent versus FIFA 12.

EA also announced today that it had signed an agreement with TenCent to bring FIFA Online 3 to China. Further details about the agreement will be released in the near future.

EA will hold an earnings call beginning at 2 p.m. PDT to discuss results and answer questions. Check later for more.

Discussion

192 comments
burzu
burzu

No more Battlefield for me! Not with this silly mechanics of unlimited sprint and infinite ammo in vehicles. This franchise is ruined to the point that hurts intelligence of mature gamer. Russians running with M-16's? Good going DICE keep this up....

drybones41
drybones41

I still enjoy BF3, it was worth the money i spent.

savagejoe444
savagejoe444

Bring us Battlefield 2143 please. I'd rather that over BF4.

Canon100
Canon100

"Dip Dip Potato Chip"

-N00B

Battlefield Friends

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

$60 for the thing, the same price as the game for DLCs THAT SHOULD'VE BEEN IN THE GAME IN THE FIRST PLACE!!

duderdave
duderdave

BF3 Premium probably brought in less than $200 million because there were numerous sales throughout the year where it was nicely discounted in a bundle offer with the basic game. So I'd say that figure might be more like $150 million, which is still a very nice sales figure all things considered.

To me, BF3 Premium was a win-win for the player base. You got 5 expansions and lots of perks for about the price of 3 dlc's elsewhere, not to mention so many different map packs with different play styles, game modes, and lots of new vehicles, weapons, and other stuff.

I know some players who did not buy it, who didn't take advantage of the discounted sales prices, who now look pretty silly playing nonstop Noshahr Canals cause they're too cheap to shell out $15 to $20 a year for content worth 3 times that much.

Gamesfetch
Gamesfetch

Its been 3 years and BF3 still looks great and I don't think all these crowds will buy BF4

Sam_021
Sam_021

Not going to buy a single thing from EA again, ever, not even Battlefield 4 even though I'm dying to play it :(

mvfs
mvfs

$495 million and still crappy backend servers

arqe
arqe

Battlefield is a rare game its worth every single penny and DLC's ( i hate armored assault ).

And if you dont want to spend that much , get your lazy sorry ass from the couch and do some research and buy the game for HALF PRICE !

I did buy BF3 for my friends xbox and we spent long hours on it. Then i bought the PC version Premium for only 22.99€ with all DLCs , 3 day after release.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

BF3 is an awesome game but I wont get BF4 day one as Bf3 still feels fresh with all the DLC also it had some amazing DLC content especially Karkland and tanks DLC was sweet, for a well executed PC game like this I dont mind spending 60 Euro.

GrayF0X786
GrayF0X786

EA - "Thanks for all the money suckers"

Warfighter_971
Warfighter_971

remake Battlefield2 & leave us in heaven for God's sake.....

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I bought Premium for $15. $15 for 20+ new maps was worth it IMO. now 15 for 4 maps. no chance in hell.

megaspiderweb09
megaspiderweb09

Is it possible that EA looses the Battlefield and FIFA franchises to other publishers?

omghaxor45
omghaxor45

This is sad. People are contributing to a very expensive future in low quality gaming and these companies are getting away with it! This type of Premium DLC and renting servers is BS. Some of the dlc should have been free, but I guess people have too much money on their hands.

Canon100
Canon100

"Bunny Snipers....."

-Medic

Battlefield Friends

Skybar
Skybar

EA, please do not boast about the number of origin users. People are only using it because you are making them use it so they could play the games they bought from you. Make origin an optional service and you will see the real numbers.

B-boy
B-boy

why everybody EA make so many great games

B-boy
B-boy

bf 3 and dlc worth every penny

grin89
grin89

If only they had given everything they had promised when they first released premium, new guns with the last 2 expansions didnt happen.

ZeratulPrime
ZeratulPrime

Wow good job.... but still can't beat CoD sales


duderdave
duderdave

BF3 Premium pretty much tripled the game's content. That would have been priced at $180.

Instead, you could get it full price at $110 early, or wait and get it on sale for as low as $50 for BF3 and BF3 Premium.

There was a way to get BF3 and Premium for less than you pay a standard AAA stand alone game these days. All you had to do was watch for it.

darkeyez81
darkeyez81

@Sam_021 Don't worry, you will end playing it when they do a good discount sale for BF4.

noladem504
noladem504

@GrayF0X786 ?....because the people at EA are just suppose to work their ass off to give us great content for free?.....

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

to add...I only plan on getting BF4 only when BF4 Premium comes bundled in with the game and drops to $30. best case scenario though is they go the BC2 route. People who buy the game new get all the DLC for free. But if you buy it used then you have to pay for it. being a PC player Im sure all I have to do is wait until Dec to pick it up during the winter sales that will be going on.

noladem504
noladem504

@megaspiderweb09 EA is not going anywhere anytime soon. They just did a major restructuring; lets hope they addressed the issues during that.

SergioMX
SergioMX

@omghaxor45 Umm, you've always had to pay for servers as a PC gamer if you wanted a reliable server for competitive play. Also, the DLC for BF3 was well worth the price, it added so much to the base game...

noladem504
noladem504

@omghaxor45 Wouldnt it be nice for everything to just be FREE?! Woohoo! How is life living in rainbows riding unicorns?

arqe
arqe

@omghaxor45 Low quality gaming how ? If there is any other multiplayer FPS game with less cost i'll agree with you but there is none ... And Battlefield is one the few games that stands up for really good and moneys worth.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

And yet people who enjoy the game and intend on buying the DLCs get them all cheaper

arqe
arqe

@Skybar Thats a really stupid comment. They are creating community , like any other corps.

Steam is different ? No

PSN is different ? No 

Xbox Live is different ? No


ruisan101
ruisan101

Got hacked from Origin a few months ago and the only game i have on their is BF3. I got my acc back but it totally put me off buying any EA games on Origin after that.

EDFXNights
EDFXNights

@B-boy They make really great games... problem is the publisher is always screwing it around. but normally i don't give a crap as i never buy DLC upset for Battlefield. But everyone goes ape shit around it

noladem504
noladem504

@B-boy EVERY penny. I loved every bit of it. No other game's DLC contains SO MUCH more content.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

Except the CQ map pack... Although the extra unlocks were welcome

Skybar
Skybar

@arqe @Skybar Have you even used origin? It's far different from steam. It's nothing but an inconvenience. I have had enough problems with origin after getting BF3. I would gladly uninstall origin if BF3 didn't require it.

arqe
arqe

@emperiox @ZeratulPrime BF series dominates CoD in every aspect.

If sales were determining which is good or which is bad , justin shit bieber kid is almost good as Micheal Jackson , Pink Floyd or Eminem.

Warfighter_971
Warfighter_971

@emperiox @ZeratulPrime since Bad Company 2??i mean BC2??How??BC2 is still one of the most exotic FPS experiences out there still....& if u count on the Single Player experience,i would say,BC2 is better than most COD games...

Skybar
Skybar

@emperiox @ZeratulPrime Sales don't always translate to something being better. Both COD and BF are two distinct types of FPS games. COD caters to those who just want to play it casually and right out of the box while BF caters to those who want to have a more slow paced and tactical experience and also to those who would want to spend time learning the game and how to work with their team. So ultimately it's a matter of opinion, I personally prefer BF for it's vastness and the variety of things you can do in it as opposed to the arcade-styled shooting in COD.

arqe
arqe

@Skybar @arqe Its not that they usefull or not.

You can play CoD without Steam ? No ...

Same goes for Origin. You cant play BF without Origin.

And im using origin since early beta , never had any problems.

KemistiOMg
KemistiOMg

@monster637 well 99% of COD players have probably fkd  your mom, so how bad is bf3 community again?

gamer7736
gamer7736

@monster637 @Skybar I have a very demanding job and don't really want to think when relaxing during a gaming session. Battlefield and so many other games require too much patience and intelligent gameplay. I just want to go into a free for all and try to own people for 30 minutes. I don't care if I have a .15 K/D, I just want to play and have fun, also laugh at the squeaker tryhard chavs go at me with mum jokes and hack threats when I lose the game.

monster637
monster637

@Skybar 99% of the time bf3 players dont play the game, there confused and playing skyrim wandering the mountains looking for herbs, while im getting objectives,, bf3 worst community on earth, atleast the cod tards play the freaking game