EA claims it's top next-gen game publisher in the West as profits increase

Electronic Arts reports its financial results for its fourth quarter and announces there won't be a new Need for Speed this year.

Electronic Arts reported its earnings for the quarter ending March 31 today, claiming it is the top publisher on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the West as it saw an increase in profit as compared with the same period last year.

During the first three months of 2014 (the company's 2014 fiscal fourth quarter), net revenue was $1.123 billion--a decrease from $1.209 billion a year ago, but higher than the $1.07 billion it expected to see. Net income, on the other hand, was up to $367 million from $323 million.

Contributing to these figures is the fact that EA says that, during calendar year 2014, it has been the "#1 publisher on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the Western World." That may be due in part to the sheer number of games EA has available--it highlights the success of Titanfall, Battlefield 4, and FIFA 14, among others, stating that EA titles represent 40 percent of combined sales in the West on the Xbox One and PS4.

EA provided no specific sales figures for any of these games, including Titanfall. The game launched for the Xbox One and PC on March 11, but didn't arrive on the Xbox 360 until April 8.

For the year ahead, EA teased it would be making a major announcement at E3 (as you'd expect) and reaffirmed it would not be releasing an NCAA Football game this year. We'll also be going without a new Need for Speed game this year, as developer Ghost Games won't be delivering one until some point in 2015.

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darkprince2
darkprince2

Funny how you guys put "it's" in the title and then "its" right underneath it lol.

sortajan
sortajan

Fuck them for having that much money and still fucking us over as if they're broke.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

EA is a necessary evil gentlemen. Necessary evil.

Like you guys could make a $100 million dollar game better than EA can.

Lacerz
Lacerz

EA also released more games than anyone else, so go figure.  Now that they know that the simpletons will pay full price for half a game, I expect further price gouging.

blackothh
blackothh

The only list EA is on top of for me is, destroying or dumbing down games over the past 5 years.

Hurvl
Hurvl

EA "lost" in the first round of Worst Company in America and posts a profit, as well as claiming to be #1 in the West. Everything is going great for EA at the moment, which is great/terrible/whatever. I look forward to EA's Star Wars games, but nothing more than that. Also, if EA forces us to use Origin to play them, then I'll decide to finish my backlog first, which will take a few years :P.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Yeah, no wonder western games have been crawling in the mud of filthy rehashes for 10 years now.

IJONOI
IJONOI

This article makes me sick.

RossRichard
RossRichard

This article makes me lose faith in humanity.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

I'm proud of myself. I just realized that I haven't given them a single penny in a little under two years and that was just a tiny purchase in The Secret World. See if I can keep it up.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

This is what happens when there is nothing better to play. People resort to buying the "filler" games like Need for Speed and Broken Battlefield, which is going to be Battlefield's name from now on I think.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

God damn I hate this company.

It's like the spoiled child that runs around telling everyone how awesome it is, desperate for attention, who everyone knows everyone hates but who no one can give a good, hard slap to because of who he hangs around with.

EA is the entrepreneurial equivalent of Joffrey.

svaubel
svaubel

Well gee... you bought out and destroyed a chunk of your competition over the years... and you happened to not get the Worst Company in America for the third year in a row...  And now you are preaching about yourself from on high...

BradBurns
BradBurns

"The Top Next-Gen Publisher in the West"?

How'd they jump to that conclusion?

Blk_Mage_Ctype
Blk_Mage_Ctype

Oh come now, EA... Must you really proclaim yourself "The Top Next-Gen Publisher in the West" when you've already earned yourself the prestigious title of "The Worst Company in America" 2 years running?

Maize84
Maize84

I wonder how long this will hold up, seeing as they haven't released a game on ps4 since it's launch.   If they think the xbox one and the ea name is really going to carry them for the long term....  One console won't sustain them for long, and Ubisoft is has made great strides over the years.  I'd love to see who the big publisher is in 5 years.

nbf4548
nbf4548

EA is ground zero for sequel-itis. Just because these games sell well now, doesn't mean they will in the future.  The Battlefield 4 fiasco has severely damaged the brand, but that won't manifest until the next one.  

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"We didn't win Worst Company in America this year!" is the only positive thing EA can claim.


What a garbage company.

Vodoo
Vodoo

EA's newest Need For Speed on the XB1 had a terrible save bug. The XB1 automatically updates ur save data with Microsofts servers when you finish playing a game so you always have your saves even if something happens to the console or hdd. The problem was that Need For Speed wouldn't update the saves properly to Microsoft and when you came back the next day to play again, you would lose HOURS of progress. It would even ignore the local saves on the console in favor of the online version that was fucked up. The only workaround was to disconnect from the Internet before starting the game.

I was 90% through the game and had already lost hours of progress multiple times and figured I'd been playing offline for almost 2 months. Surely, I thought, EA must've fixed the glitch. I reconnected the internet, started the game and BAMMM!!! Lost about 6hrs of progress! I traded that pos in the next day. I wasn't about to surrender to this game AGAIN. I will never buy another NFS game again because of their incompetence in fixing that severe of a problem.

Artwark
Artwark

If people hate EA so much, why can't we just convince Microsoft or Sony to buy them? 


So the fact that they are rich means that they won't make NFS game this year? what kind of logic is that?


berserker66666
berserker66666

No yearly NFS this year? Someone's getting fired.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

EA the best  next gen western game publisher? sure.. and i'm the king of the planet uranus 2

wookiegr
wookiegr

Just because there are no games to buy doesn't entitle EA to bragging rights for having the few titles out there. Wait till there's a well supplied catalog of titles from all developers and we'll see just how poorly EA ranks then as people have more choice.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

WHY do you people keep buying their games

dz99ls
dz99ls

No need for speed how about a new burnout finally. That game is a million times better anyway

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

No other publisher rushed out games with the same number of bugs, nor did they get consecutive "Worst Company in the US" awards.

rasterror
rasterror

As long as the game is good and the company is not tied to any evil acts then I have no complaints. Sure some game companies have track records and some have bad but if the game is good like Titan Fall then I'm fine with EA publishing it.

shinrae5
shinrae5

I see EA labels on games like army of two, mass effect, Titanfall, dragon age and more.

I'm happy to buy their products as they are fun to play games. If you don't like dlc or micros, don't buy them.

Although if you feel ea is the devil, I fully support your right to ignore them. I just don't see them as the monster many consider them to be

sortajan
sortajan

@iMpLuX  A lot of indie developers are making $5,000 games better than EA's $100 million games. And the quality of their games isn't the problem. Their attitude and their business techniques are. They make great games. They're just assholes that will do anything for an extra few dollars.

sortajan
sortajan

@RossRichard  Politics and war make me lose faith in humanity. This article only makes me lose faith in gaming.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@spikepigeo If EA makes the Origin-al decision to make their Star Wars games require Origin, I don't see myself giving them any money for a long time. Browsing through my game collection, I haven't bought an EA game for years. I have one old Ubisoft game (Dark Messiah) and no Activision games, so even though I have a huge backlog, I can at least play them with a clear conscience, lol.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@BradBurns Hubris - it's a common disorder with big companies.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Blk_Mage_Ctype But not this year, they actually lost in the first round. Even more important to point out is that you're only as good or bad as your previous quarter's financial results. That is a truth carved in stone. Oh yes indeed!!!!!

Urizen316
Urizen316

@Maize84  Ubisoft is on its way of doing that. Far Cry and Assassin's Creed are already on their way of becoming annual. Especially AC. As long as they give developers the freedom to let them create what they want instead of what Ubisoft wants, I'm all for Ubisoft becoming a powerhouse. But let's be honest, noone is going to dethrone EA, maybe Blizzard Activision. Dear lord I might like them even less, seeing how they butchered D3, milked WoW and CoD..

Ahwell we'll see.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Because EA gets the brunt of anger from consumers. If they weren't around, people would turn that negative attention towards Sony and Microsoft. That's why EA will always be around... To be the pin cushion of the industry.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@lazycomplife Because they're fun?  Actually, I think the only thing I've gotten from them since DA2 was their Humble Bundle charity pack.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@dz99ls  Yea it's really kind of fucked how Need For Speed turned more into Burnout than a NFS game, but didn't emulate Burnout enough to be as good... really disappointing...

jecomans
jecomans

@Wej_accept_it  All the insanely undeserved 'worst company' awards show is that gamers are much more proactive consumers than anyone else. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

The EA hate first started with them buying up very competent developers and shutting them down a few months later. They're the main reason why there's so little competition in the industry now, because they would buy the competition, scavenge the carcass and eliminate what's left. They severely impacted the amount of independent studios that could fund their own development without a publisher.

Nowadays most good games come from the big companies or if you are independent you need to be published by one of the big guys. Of course there are exceptions, but for the most part that's the lay of the land. Look at Bungie... even they have Activision publishing them.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@shinrae5   They're a horrible publisher that owns many of the best IP's... it's a pretty crappy situation even if most of their games are actually GOOD, because they half ass it and phone it in so much it's not even funny.  They could truly be the best publisher on the planet with a little more effort, but as they stand, they're pretty much scum and they destroy too many good developers.

Urizen316
Urizen316

@sortajan @iMpLuX  And that's why they're this huge billion dollar company now. They must be doing something right..

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Vodoo EA is the hate object we need, not the hate object we deserve.

Vodoo
Vodoo

The only reason gamers even knew about the voting for worst company was because it was posted on game sites. If no gamers voted, we probably would've had a logical outcome.