Today, Electronic Arts reported that it exceeded its guidance (but fell below
Wall Street outlook) for its fiscal third quarter, with revenues driven largely by healthy sales for both Battlefield 3
and Star Wars: The Old Republic
For the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011, EA brought in $1.65 billion in non-GAAP revenue, a 15 percent increase from the $1.41 billion brought in during this same period the year before.
Broken down, the majority of this sum came from the studio's published packaged goods, which totaled $1.23 billion, up from $1.11 billion last year.
The company also saw noted growth from digital goods, which pulled in $377 million in revenue, up 78 percent from $211 million year over year.
A fair portion of this digital revenue came from EA's new Origin distribution platform. So far, the platform has generated more than $100 million in revenue, and has accumulated 9.3 million users.
The remaining $49 million in revenue for the quarter came from packaged goods distribution, down from $91 million year over year.
In all, EA added that it earned more than $1 billion in digital revenue during the 2011 calendar year.
Outside of its revenues, EA also revealed that its major MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic
, has attracted 1.7 million subscribers
, and has sold more than 2 million units worldwide.
In addition, Battlefield 3
and FIFA 12
have sold 10 million units each, and Madden NFL 12
has reached 5 million units sold.
Looking forward to its fourth fiscal quarter, EA said that its non-GAAP revenue is expected to fall in between $925 million and $975 million.
The company also noted that it expects to bring in more than $100 million in digital revenue from its FIFA Ultimate Team
service by the end of its 2012 fiscal year.