Activision Blizzard has released their calendar year earnings for 2013 and they were very strong. 2013 will go down as a great year for Activision despite yearly franchises like Call of Duty not doing so hotly with critics.
“2013 was a transformational year for Activision Blizzard and for our industry,” said CEO Bobby Kotick. “Our transaction with Vivendi returned us to independence and eliminated the challenges and constraints of being a controlled company. The continued success of our games delivered better-than-expected
financial results, including stronger net revenues and earnings per share, and over $1.26 billion
in operating cash flow.”
Activision notes that the company had four of the top ten best-selling games in North America in 2013 thanks to Call of Duty and Skylanders. World of Warcraft continues to be the most played subscription MMORPG in the world with 7.8 million subscribers. This is actually up from 7.6 million the year prior. Call of Duty: Ghosts was the best-selling game on both the PS4 and Xbox One.
Looking to the future Activision has high hopes with a wide range of titles set to release in 2014. This includes Destiny, which Kotick fully expects to become the best selling new IP in history. There’s also Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a card-based Free-to-Play title that could be quite lucrative once it launches on iOS and Android devices.