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Activision-Blizzard Q3 financials: Diablo 3 moves 14 million units, new Call of Duty in 2014

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 21:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Activision has reported Q3 2013 revenues of $691 million, down 18% compared with $841 million during Q3 2012. Net revenues from digital channels were $409 million and represented a third-quarter record, making up 59% of the company’s total net revenues.

Acti-Blizz Q3 at a glance

New Skylander and Call of Duty titles coming in 2014.

Call of Duty: Ghosts $1 billion sell-in figures are lower than that of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 year-over-year; attributed to next-gen console cycle.

Diablo 3 has sold 14 million copies across all platforms. Blizzard reiterated the auction houses will be shuttered in March 2014.

World of Warcraft had approximately 7.6 million subscribers – a 100,000 decline over previous figures.

Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 were two of the top-five best-selling games in both North America and Europe year-to-date.

Skylanders Giants was the #1 best-selling kids console and hand-held game overall in dollars for the first nine months of 2013 in both North America and Europe.

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm was the #1 PC game for the first nine months of 2013 in North America.

Diablo 3 sells 14 million copies across all platforms

As of September 30, 2013, World of Warcraft had approximately 7.6 million subscribers – a 100,000 decline over previous figures.

World of Warcraft ended Q2 with 7.7 million subscribers, numbers which stood at 8.3 million back in May 2013 when the firm reported its Q1 financials. The 1.3 million decline was at the time attributed to the Chinese market’s decrease in casual engagement.

The firm will continue to invest in the MMO, according to Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime.

Diablo 3 has now moved over 14 million copies on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, said Morhaime, who also reiterated that firm would be axing the auction houses next year in March.

More information on the game, its upcoming expansion Reaper of Souls and the firm’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm as well as the upcoming free-to-play card strategy game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, will be revealed at BlizzCon this weekend.

Call of Duty and the 2014 slate

“Despite short term uncertainties, as we look forward to 2014, we have a very strong pipeline,” said CEO Bobby Kotick in a call to investors this evening. “We expect multiple releases across our major franchises, including the first Diablo 3 expansion and the PS4 version along with significant and exciting new content for World of Warcraft.

“We also expect to launch new Call of Duty and Skylanders titles and our major, new potential franchise with Bungie’s Destiny. We will also continue to develop Call of Duty Online with our partner TenCent for the growing Chinese market, as well as Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm.

“In the coming year we will continue to invest prudently in world class entertainment franchises, and expand our global footprint.”

Regarding the $1 billion sell-in figures for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the firm admitted figure was lower than that of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 during the same period last year. The decline was attributed to the next-gen console releases later this month, as customers are still weighing their purchase options.

Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 were two of the top five best-selling games in both North America and Europe during the quarter, said the firm, and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm was top-selling Windows PC game in North America for the period.

“Our third-quarter results exceeded our expectations, and we are able to raise our outlook for 2013 net revenues and earnings per share,” said CEO Bobby Kotick in a prepared statement. Robust continued engagement with our core franchises drove digital revenue, which constituted a majority of all revenue. This quarter demonstrates that games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft engage and entertain our fans year round.”

“We recently released new titles in two of the most popular franchises in entertainment, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Skylanders SWAP Force. We are thrilled by the quality of those games and we are excited to how what we can do with them on next generation consoles in the coming weeks.

“We are also in the process of a beta launch for our first major free-to-play game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. However, we continue to believe that the fourth quarter this year presents a unique and challenging landscape due to increased competition and uncertainties surrounding the console transition.

“We are confident in our ability to navigate these challenges successfully, particularly in light of the recent completion of our transaction with Vivendi and the focus and flexibility provided by our return to independence.”

Activision became independent of its parent company, Vivendi, on October 11 after being under the French firm’s umbrella for five years.

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9 Comments

  1. Legendaryboss

    Wait a sec was a new COD confirmed yet? Have they mentioned it? They always do before the year is out and the sky is always blue or dark here.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Hcw87

    Lets hope they take a year off, building a new engine instead.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 I could not confirm if he said a new one was coming or if it was content related so I stayed as evasive as possible until I can get a direct quote from the transcript.

    HOWEVER.

    I am 85% positive he said a “new” one. But that 15% of uncertainty is stronger than my positivity. :)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    @3
    Don’t worry Steph it always happens every year that much is a certainty but if it doesn’t come out in 2014 then thats one instance where being wrong is your speciality and gift :)

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    @4 I played it back. He said one was coming along with a new Skylanders. So Now I am 100% certain! I should stop doubting myself so much, ya know? ;)

    #5 1 year ago
  6. archaven

    Diablo 3 moves 14 million units on all platfoms? How many copies were sold on PC? Hahahaha.. Activision-Blizzard is spanking themselves hard for biting the hand who feeds them. They think the console crowd could sell double. Hope they die off with miserable greed.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. CyberMarco

    “new Call of Duty in 2014″

    In other news, it’s wet when it rains.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. YouGuysAreFools

    “Regarding the $1 billion sell-in figures for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the firm admitted figure was lower than that of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 during the same period last year.”

    This surprised no one.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. BULArmy

    @6 Blizzard announced that it has sold 12 million on PC when 2012 ended. So it is safe to say that it has sold less then 2 mil. on consoles which is better then I expected. I was thinking that everybody that wanted Diablo 3 has bought it at this point, but clearly there was room for some more copies.

    #9 1 year ago

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  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]