Fri, Jan 20, 2012 | 20:29 GMT
Analyst: Concerns over SWTOR sales are a bit premature
Macquarie Securities analyst Ben Schachter has said concerns over sales figures for Star Wars: The Old Republic and the resulting drop in EA stock prices are due to outside “speculation”, as NPD’s sales figures don’t show a complete picture. According to Schachter, the majority sales for the MMO were likely through Origin, and since NPD doesn’t track the service, the figures weren’t taken into account. The analyst believes around 1.5 million copies of the game were sold through Origin, but until EA releases its financials for Q4 and FY11, the exact figures will remain speculative. Another analyst, Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter, is of the same opinion as Schachter, but said the figure is likely closer to 800,000 through both retail and Origin, and the game will have sold 2 million units by the time its first anniversary comes around. Thanks, Gamasutra.