Xbox Just Had Its Best Year Of All Time Based On Revenue
Pop the champagne.
Microsoft reported earnings on Tuesday, announcing that its Xbox division posted revenue of $16.28 billion for the calendar year 2021. It was Xbox's best year of all time based on revenue.
The positive momentum comes after Microsoft acquired ZeniMax/Bethesda, and the company's fortunes are poised to presumably grow even stronger with its proposed buyout of Activision Blizzard.
Gaming revenue overall rose for Xbox, including hardware and software. Revenue from content and services during the year rose 8.8% to $12.6 billion, thanks in part to growth in Game Pass (which now has 25 million subscribers) and first-party game sales (Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite were two of Microsoft's biggest 2021 games).
Third-party game sales slid, however, which impacted results, Microsoft said. Check out more stats from analyst Daniel Ahmad's recap of Microsoft's earnings report below.
Microsoft's Gaming division (Xbox) reported revenue of $16.28 billion for the 2021 calendar year:— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 25, 2022
- Best calendar year on record, beating previous high of 2020
- Total gaming revenue up 17.7% YoY
- Content & Services revenue up 8.8% YoY
- Hardware revenue up 63.3% YoY pic.twitter.com/84MkOsnMkG
Content & Services revenue was $12.6 billion, up 8.8% YoY.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 25, 2022
- Content & Services continues to be a key driver. Increased digital product mix.
- Game Pass + First Party title sales up YoY
- Decline in third party title sales
Content & Services = 77% of revenue pic.twitter.com/ArQsX4ywjp
As mentioned, Microsoft's Xbox division is set to grow much larger if the company's proposed buyout of Activision Blizzard goes through. Should that happen, Microsoft will own and operate juggernauts like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Candy Crush, among others.
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