Lego Star Wars lifts SCi earnings

Eidos owner exceeds six-month sales target by $26.8 million; stock rises, guidance remains unchanged, as takeover rumors persist.

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When SCi Entertainment Plc purchased rival publisher Eidos Interactive Plc last year, it was considered to be a bit of a gamble. Today, though, it appeared that gamble had paid off, as SCi announced it had exceeded its internal earnings targets since the Eidos acquisition.

For the six months ending December 31, 2005, the company reported more than 40 million pounds ($71.4 million)--15 million pounds ($26.8 million) more than the company's internal projections. The news was a tonic to SCi's stock, as its share price rose 2.56 percent to close at 5.01 pounds ($8.94).

Why the big spike? The force of the Star Wars films--in lego form. "Additional sales arose primarily from the continued distribution of Lego Star Wars, on Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Game Boy Advance," the company said in a statement to Reuters. The game has sold in excess of 3 million units over all platforms, according to the company, which said it did particularly well in the US.

In spite of today's news, SCi's outlook for the second half of its fiscal year remains guarded. "As the major portion of the Group's revenues arise in the second half of the financial year to 30 June 2006, the Group has not revised its internal budget for the financial year as a whole," SCi said in a statement. The period will see the release of the latest installments in two of Eidos' highest-profile franchises, Hitman: Blood Money (PC, PS2, Xbox) and Tomb Raider Legend (PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360). That said, it has gotten off to an inauspicious start, with the release of the controversial and critically drubbed 25 to Life (PC, PS2, Xbox).

Eidos also briefly commented on the rumors that it will itself soon be taken over. Last October, the UK-based publisher said it had been approached by possible suitors, one of which unconfirmed reports pegged as US-based Midway Games. "The Board remains in discussions and will update shareholders as to any developments when appropriate," the company said.

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Awsome, I guess ill reconsider selling it, because i still play it.

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No wonder, Star Wars Lego sp and mp both own.

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Lego Star Wars was a surprisingly fun game. I'm glad it was able to give SCi a boost.

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When Eidos make SOMETHING new?!? Never?!??

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legos were cool back in the day before they came out with all these stupid licensed sets (harry potter, spider man, star wars, etc)

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hmmmmm............eidos making money?

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Eidos is a great game developper!!!

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Elaborate gameplay is not all that matters. LSW shows us that and it works seamlessly. they focused on Quality and not Quantity.

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thats was suprising

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I really loved that game it was a sweet game to play.I hope we can see a number two of Lego Star wars and this time it be 4,5,and 6 that would be an awesome game.

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I thought that LSW was a terible idea, but then played it and couldn't stop for about 2 months. Its really odd that a game for 6 year olds could be so dam fun for a 21 year old gamer and all his 18 - 29 friends.

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Dear lord..

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Good to see the success of another Star Wars title. I haven't played the game yet, but I'm happy to see it is doing well.

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w00t for Lego Star Wars, Like people say, it's awful 1 player, superb and exciting 2 player.

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Oh God, Not another one

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Slightly surprising that a game with 2 huge licenses working in conjunction could sell so much. /end sarcasm

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This is great news, great news for british developers too.

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Great news for them and the Gaming Industry in general

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Sweet, Lego Star Wars rocks! Lego rocks for ever, and kids will always love Lego. Yah know Kojima designed the game level designs of MGS1 all in Lego's before they did it a computer? Lego's, good for a lot of things. ;)

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I wouldn't recommend it just for yourself, but if you play with a kid at all it's a blast--you can play coop so it's perfect for that. It skirts around some of the darker content from Episode III, so as not to be too disturbing. My four-year-old loves to play it with me.

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Lego Star Wars was awesome! Eidos deserved to benefit from publishing that gem.

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How ironic, i just got done playin Lego Star Wars before gettin online. Great game it is, probably the best Star Wars licenced game, and im glad that its doing great.

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Glad to see that Lego Star Wars was such a success. I haven't played it but I have heard nothing but good things about it.

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i would have to ren this game first b4 buying it.

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I bought the Xbox version for my Nephew as an X-mass gift, and we both played it & he loves it. It's very fun to play & watch. I plan on getting it for my PS2 soon when it becomes a greatest hit title.

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Word! I guess that lego star wars game is mad fun lol

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Eight archons burning.

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What in the hell...

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