More than three quarters of Electronic Art's revenue from April through June came from digital sources. The publisher opened up its books for investors and others today in its first-quarter statement for its 2014 fiscal year.
That digital revenue helped firm up a quarter with relatively few big launches, but where did it all come from? Nearly half was "extra content," or DLC and in-game microtransactions like those found in FIFA Ultimate Team.
Speaking of FIFA Ultimate Team, EA plans to make it easy for dedicated players to transfer their progress from current-gen consoles to next-gen systems. Assuming you buy FIFA 14 on PS3 or Xbox 360 when it launches, then buy it again when it launches for PS4 and Xbox One over the holidays, all Ultimate Team account info and purchased FIFA points can transfer over.
Madden NFL 25's Ultimate Teams will transfer over similarly, though EA said it would reveal more about the process soon.
EA's total revenue for the quarter was $949 million, as compared to $955 million in the same period last year. Its net income grew to $222 million from $201 million.