NCsoft posts record revs

Full-year stats see online game publisher tally more than $300 million in revenues, a record for the company behind Lineage, Guild Wars, Villains.

NCsoft took its act on the road and wowed them in Des Moines and Detroit. The Seoul-based company reported full-year revenues through December 31, 2005, of $346.5 million, a 17 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. Interestingly, the bulk of that success came not from their home market of Korea, but from overseas.

Due to costs and expenses, however, both operating income and pretax income fell by 21 and 13 percent, respectively. Operating income for FY 2005 was $20.6 million, while pretax income for the year measured $23.7 million.

Contributing to growth of top-line revenues were overseas sales: the company saw a 37 percent increase in sales from the North American market and 22 percent increase from the European market.

Looking ahead, the company is targeting revenue growth in the current fiscal year of another 17 percent, with a product mix (based on percentage of revenues contributed) estimated over the year as follows: Lineage, 27 percent; Lineage 2, 29 percent; Guild Wars, 13 percent; City of Heroes/City of Villains, 10 percent; new games, 14 percent; and royalties, 7 percent.

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oblioneverests
oblioneverests

Its really a nice job NCsoft have come up with =) I still play GW often, andI still have a bunch to do :O I have played at least 3-400 hrs, and Im not hardcore (as it says Im not finished with the game yet) And Im really looking forward to GW:Factions, I think it looks great! with a lot of new stuff to play with =D

Merl57
Merl57

Well i spent 1012 hours in 6 months playing Guild Wars. I got bored after about 700 hours of gameplay. Lol. Anyways I like to see companies like this. 1. They feel with the gamers 2. NO MONTHLY FEES in GW 3. Added content with not in insane cost all these attributes are at level 16 if you know what i mean :), unlike other companies like EA which destroy the little guys like Westwood, and destroy the legacy making the games easier to make with only improved graphics and not gameplay. Arena net has a very good community. They have events and you can actually design in game items. I really feel a part of the whole thing and not like the consumer vs. the company like how i feel with EA.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Glad to see NCsoft doing so well.

superkoolstud
superkoolstud

Guild Wars Is horrible as well as COH/COV I bought and have played all 3. They are so isolated and non-random that the games seems more like a single Player game. D&D Stormreach took their concept 1 step further and made EVERYTHING instanced. If NCsoft made their games more detailed and Complex I might have stayed. Atleast you don't rely on gear and raidng which is different. Out of the 3 GW is best but I dislke the instanced worlds. NCSOFT has alot of good MMO's for casul players and hardcore alike. None of them however measure up close to the greatness of WoW.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

nc soft rocks the mmo world guild wars is sweat. good job guys, they proved a wonderful fee free mmo is possible, so many people question whether or not another successful one will ever happen, i tell ya i hope a fee free mmo fps game like a battlefield online or something happens.

Marduk_Tyrant
Marduk_Tyrant

Great work pay. Guild wars is an interesting fee-free concept. Ironically enough I found the same concept on one of their other great games -Lineage 2 (but that's on a private run server ;-p )

frankeyser
frankeyser

for some reason i see them making something for nintendo. just because they want to try something new with its controler.

Ace_The_Ace
Ace_The_Ace

Guild Wars is a great and popular game. I am not surprised.

sacul555
sacul555

Guild Wars is an awsome game and i cant wait for the expansion. Long live NCsoft and their great devolpers such as Arena.Net. Edit:@a_tru_christan NCsoft isnt a devolper they are a publisher. They have several companies that devolpe for them such as Arena.Net which made guild wars.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Good top see that other Companies are Also on the Rise of Profits I think they will take Risks and Create some Innovative games to test the Gamers:P

a_tru_christian
a_tru_christian

NCSoft---> great developer. City of Heros and Guild Wars are both great games (if u haven't tried City of Heros, do so, its soooo fun). I hope NCSoft gets big enough to buy EA out and whip EA back into shape.

molivers7
molivers7

If they do good enough, they can buy Atari.

darfvader
darfvader

tabula rasa and full auto will pwn, not as much as huxley though. HERE'S TO INOVATIVE MMO'S!

kmatras69
kmatras69

I liked Guild Wars even though I'm not big into mmo games much. Does anyone know perhaps by chance they'll make something for the xbox 360 I mean just look at Webzen & Square Enix. Them being such a successful company in that market why the hell not. I would not be surprised to hear some kind of announcement like that at E3 this May.

navbains
navbains

its good to know that the company is doing well so we can expect more good titles in the future. Guild wars was very cool and innovative that kept me busy for a while lol.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Good news to see a company doing well.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

That is excellent news for them. Keep up the good work

runstalker
runstalker

Not to mention, they're actually taking risks and trying out new MMO designs like Auto Assault and Tabula Rasa. In that way, NC kind of feels like a console developer--trying original IP and ideas. ps: Auto Assault apparently plays great w/ a 360 controller.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

nice job for them. i love playing their Guild Wars

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

City of Guild money. . . That's what NCSoft should change their name to. They have been able to go head-to-head with WoW and win many of their battles.

loc211
loc211

in response to above. GW does not have servers everyone is seperated as needed into districts on the fly and you can switch freely beetween any dist. So in essence you can play with any of its million plus user base at your whim.

Binpo
Binpo

guild wars would me more popular if they had a mmo system of 5k ppl or more a server, but i guess they want to be different.

Rubin42
Rubin42

With all the hub bub about Guild Wars recently and now this I may have to give up WoW for a little while and try out Guild Wars. It's also nice to see that a company that took a chance with no subcription fees was able to make a good profit.

TruePrime
TruePrime

I loved Guild Wars and will pick up its expansion.

gin_maiden
gin_maiden

well, their hard work paid off because guild wars is an awesome piece of game or in other words, a lifestyle for some people lol. their games are awesome :)

j14rk1n
j14rk1n

That's good for them. I've heard the games are awesome.