Video Game Industry News Roundup

by: Michael Comeau

Some interesting things happened in the video-game industry today that you may have missed, so I thought I'd put together a brief recap of what's hot and what's not.

This morning, Electronic Arts (ERTS) announced that its recent download-only title Battlefield 1943 has sold over 600,000 units in its first two weeks after release. While that made Battlefield 1943 a record-setter for downloadable games, the actual revenue generated from the game doesn't amount to much.

And in its fourth-quarter earnings results, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that it sold 11.7 million Xbox 360 units during the 2009 fiscal year - representing a nice 29% year-over-year gain. In comparison, the Sony (NYSE:SNE) PS3 only notched a 9% increase in units during its most fiscal year (ended in March).

Wedbush Morgan Analyst Michael Pachter gave a pretty accurate breakdown of Activision's (NASDAQ:ATVI) aggressive pricing of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which I also discussed here. reported that EA's Sims 3 sold an impressive 800K units in its first month of release in the U.S. - a nice showing for this well-reviewed title. Other top-selling PC games for June were Activision's World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and Take-Two Interactive's (NASDAQ:TTWO) Civilization IV.

And finally,'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) media segment, which includes video games, saw sales flatline year-over-year. It's tough to say what impact the weak video-game industry had on that number - but there might be more detail on the conference call.

Disclosure: Long ATVI and TTWO.