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Ubisoft returns to profitability in 2011 financial report
Full-year sales up, more hints at next generation of consoles from the publisher
Posted by Alex 'SpectralShock' V on May 15, 2012 - 5:34pm EST (May 15, 2012 17:34)
Ubisoft has released its sales and earnings figures for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.
Full-year sales for 2011-12 totaled €1,061 million, up 2.1% compared with the €1,039 million recorded for 2010-11. Ubisoft reported operating income of €45.6 million for full-year 2011-12, compared with an €80.4 million operating loss in 2010-11.
€578 million in revenue was generated from games for core gamers, fueled by Assassin's Creed Revelations and the free-to-play game The Settlers Online, as well as Rayman Origins and Driver San-Francisco. €483 million in revenue came from casual games, driven by the ongoing success of Just Dance, free-to-play game Howrse, and the successful launch of Rocksmith.
In calendar 2011, Ubisoft was the number 3 independent publisher in the United States with 8.4% market share (7.3% one year earlier) and was also number 3 in Europe with 8.7% market share (9.0% last year).
Yves Guillemot stated, "From a longer-term perspective, Ubisoft is positioning itself to capitalize on the forthcoming arrival of the next generation of consoles which will be increasingly connected and will strongly boost the market thanks to a new qualitative leap and the integration of social games benefits and the item based model, the ongoing strong growth in the Free-to-Play market for PCs, smartphones and tablets."
The first quarter of 2012-13 will see the main launches of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC; more than 15 online and digital titles, including Trials Evolution on XBLA and Silent Hunter Online as a web-based Free to Play game.