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U.S. digital game sales grow in March; Zynga's monetization trails

  • While U.S. physical retail video game sales have been slumping for some time (as shown by NPD's data), SuperData estimates U.S. digital gaming revenue rose 9% Y/Y in March to $936M.
  • Revenue for subscription titles such as Activision (ATVI +1.2%) cash cow World of Warcraft fell Y/Y, but download and free-to-play revenue rose. Electronic Arts' (EA -0.1%) much-hyped Titanfall delivered the most digital revenue among "boxed" titles.
  • SuperData estimates conversion rates (i.e. the ratio of paying users to total users) for social gaming platforms rose to 2.3% from 1.9% six months earlier. But Zynga (ZNGA +4.4%), which had a Q4 conversion rate of 1.7% and only averages $0.13 per DAU (less than its closest rivals), continues to trail.
  • Zynga rallied today after officially launching FarmVille 2: Country Escape (first announced in March) in the App Store and Google Play. Morgan Stanley praised the game's monetization potential last week.
  • In spite of widespread concerns about slumping Candy Crush Saga (KING -1.3%) usage, SuperData thinks the game is holding up reasonably well for now. It estimates spending rose 1.2% M/M (3 extra days helped), with mobile MAUs rising 0.3% and social (read: Facebook) MAUs falling 2.1%.
  • Other game developers: TTWO, GLUU, KNM, SGAMY
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  • King Rat
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    "monetization potential" (1) n. The opportunity to create revenue from a worthy product or service.

     

    "monetization potential" (2) adj. (software) Extremely boring or tedious. Requiring increasingly large sums of money to become slightly fun and less tedious. Preying on addictive nature of unemployed and lonely people.
    20 Apr 2014, 12:06 AM Reply Like
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