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.


Battlefield 3

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.

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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.

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