During Activision Blizzard's financial report for the fourth quarter of 2020, fans received new sales records and numbers of monthly active users (MAUs) as well as some information about WoW mobile projects, a possible Diablo 2 remaster and more.
Yesterday (4.2.21) Activision Blizzard presented its Financial report for the fourth quarter of 2020. In addition to the millions of sales in the various categories and games, it is especially interesting for players shortly before BlizzConline 2021 what Activision Blizzard is planning with its current games and what innovations, remakes, etc. are in planning. Below are the highlights of the earning call.
- Revenue increased 25% that year, that Operational business by 70% and the Value of the share by 25%.
- 400 million monthly active users (MAUs). The goal is to reach 1 billion people with Call of Duty and the expansion of mobile.
- 3 franchises generated $ 1 billion in profit in 2020 and it is anticipated that two more franchises will achieve similar results over the next few years.
Interesting statements from CEO Bobby Kotick
- Diablo Immortal appears this year.
- Contents of Wow will also on other platforms be playable (not necessarily WoW itself)
- This year appears at least a remaster (possibly Diablo 2)
- The success of Call of Duty (more than three times as many players) is due to the principle of free to play in connection with premium content, which is why this Now use the principle in other games too want.
Activision MAUs from 111 million to 128 million in Q3 2020
- Call of Duty is by far the company's most successful game. 16% more sales thanks to in-game purchases.
- Call of Duty revenue roughly doubled in 2020. Battle Pass plays a big part in this.
- The mobile version of Call of Duty is also very successful: sales from in-game purchases rose by a double-digit percentage.
Blizzard Entertainment: MAUs are sinking
- 29 instead of 30 million MAUs in the 3rd quarter of 2020.
- Still good prospects with a view of WoW Shadowlands, Overwatch 2, Diablo 4 and Diablo 2 Remeastered.
- MAUs for WoW go up continue on: six quarters in a row more MAUs every quarter. Farther greatest "engagement" in a decade.
- Shadowlands is (according to player engagement trend) at this time in the extension more successful than other addons at this point.
King – 9 million fewer MAUs
- MAUs down to ~ 240 million (from 249 million).
- Still the most successful year after the takeover in 2016. In-game purchases rose again by a double-digit percentage in the fourth quarter.
- New game "Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!" is planned for March.
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