EA released the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and the full-year financial report of fiscal 2021. In the fourth quarter, EA’s revenue barely exceeded expectations, reaching $1.35 billion, a decrease of 10% compared to the same period last year. The net profit was US$76 million, exceeding the loss of US$19 million predicted by EA, but it was a very large drop from the US$418 million in the same period last year. The lower profit in the fourth quarter was partly due to the huge taxes of $165 million.
For the entire 2021 fiscal year, EA’s revenue was US$5.63 billion, an increase of approximately 10% compared to the 2020 fiscal year. The net profit in fiscal year 2021 is US$837 million, which is a significant drop from the US$3 billion in fiscal year 2020. Of course, part of the factor here is still due to taxes, and another factor is that EA has received a large number of one-off credits in 2020.
Highlights of the 2021 fiscal year:
Net book value of 6.19 billion U.S. dollars
Released 13 games, with over 42 million new players
“FIFA 21” reaches 25 million players
“FIFA” ultimate team increased by 16% annually, FUT competition increased by 180%
“Apex Heroes” has accumulated more than 100 million players so far, and the average weekly player in the 8th season has exceeded 12 million
“The Sims 4” has accumulated 36 million players, achieving growth for six consecutive years
Since the release of Apex Heroes in February 2019, the total net book value has now exceeded $1 billion
“Need for Speed” will still play an important role in the future, especially after Codemasters has joined EA. At present, “Need for Speed” developer Criterion is assisting in the development of new “Battlefield”
74% of EA’s net book value comes from instant services and other income, including DLC, Ultimate Team, “Apex Heroes”, mobile games, etc. Paid game sales accounted for only 26%, and it was 10% lower than last year
EA 2022 fiscal year release game plan:
Q1 (April to June):
“Knockout City” “Mass Effect: Legendary Edition”
《Madden NFL 22》
Q3 (October to December)
Q4 (January-March 2022)
EA Sports PGA Tour
EA stated that the games appearing in the above sales window are only games that have been announced and have a release date, implying that more games will actually be launched. In addition, they will also release “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Warriors” on XSX and PS5.