The Mind-Blowing Figures Behind EA Sports' Net Revenue From Ultimate Team
Across all sports franchise titles, including FIFA and Madden, EA generated a total of $1.49 billion through the Ultimate Team platform --- which is a $120 million increase on last year's revenue total of $1.37 billion.
Daniel Ahmad, who is a Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, posted the figures on Twitter earlier.
This is the third straight fiscal year EA has collected over $1 billion in revenue from UT, and it appears the game mode will only grow in the coming years as platforms like FIFA continue to grow in popularity.
To put this into further perspective, for fiscal 2020, EA's revenue topped $5.5 billion with $2.7 billion of that generated from players spending money on in-game content or live services.
Here is EA's net revenue from Ultimate Team game modes as of 2015:
- 2015: $587 million
- 2016: $660 million
- 2017: $775 million
- 2018: $1.18 billion
- 2019: $1.37 billion
- 2020: $1.49 billion
During EA's fourth quarter fiscal 2020 earnings call, the company also suggested that FIFA 21 will not be delayed or cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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With the ongoing pandemic having a monumental impact on sport in general, there were concerns that the current situation could have a knock-on effect when it comes to FIFA's upcoming release.
But EA reassured fans and investors that they are on course to release their next installment in Autumn, with all indications pointing to a September 25th, 2020 release date.
EA Sports' CEO Andrew Wilson and others have finally shed some light on the current situation.
"We have a long history of creating spectacular sports content that's not directly dependent or reliant on the real world of sports," he said.
"We know today people are engaging with sports because that's what they love to do." CFO Blake Jorgensen added.
"If you are a sports fan, it doesn't stop,And so the only way they're getting their sports engagement is through our games, and that's a huge benefit for us."
It looks like FIFA 21 will be released as normal, even if the football calendar is in the balance.
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