Square Enix CEO Steps Down

Square Enix CEO Steps Down

Square Enix (9684.T-JP: Tokyo) CEO and president Yosuke Matsuda is stepping down.  He will be replaced by Takashi Kiryu, the former chief strategy officer. The change will be finalized at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in May. Analysis Matsuda had been a major proponent of NFT and blockchain games.   After a rough 2022 for the category, Matsuda reemphasized the company focus on NFTs in a .....
Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming Segment Revenue Reaches $1.3 Billion

Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming Segment Revenue Reaches $1.3 Billion

Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast & Digital Gaming Segment saw revenue increase 22% YOY in Q4 to $339 million.  For the full year, revenue in the segment was up 3% to $1.33 billion.  Operating profit for the segment was $538 million.  For 2022, Hasbro saw overall revenue decline 9% to $5.86 billion. Analysis For years there have been attempts by toy companies to find synergy with the video game business.  This includes not only Hasbro but Mat.....
Microsoft Signs Game Deals with Nvidia and Nintendo

Microsoft Signs Game Deals with Nvidia and Nintendo

Microsoft announced two separate deals to bring Xbox games to other platforms.  Nvidia and Microsoft signed a 10-year partnership to bring Xbox PC games to the Nvidia GeForce Now cloud streaming service. In a tweet from Microsoft President Brad Smith, it was announced that Microsoft and Nintendo have signed a binding 10-year agreement to bring Call of Duty games to Nintendo players on the same day as Xbox. Analysis The announcements are cle.....
Paradox Interactive Shows Strong Growth

Paradox Interactive Shows Strong Growth

For the 4th quarter ending 12/31/22, Paradox Interactive (PDX.ST) reported year-over-year revenue growth of 49% to MSEK 580 million (about $50 million USD).  For the full year 2022 revenue was up 36% to MSEK 1973 (about $180 million).  Operating profit for the year increased 189% to MSEK 887. Analysis Swedish-based Paradox Interactive is a small publisher that specializes in complex games, primarily for PC.  Popular games like Cities: Sky.....
Ubisoft Reports Disappointing Third Quarter

Ubisoft Reports Disappointing Third Quarter

For the third fiscal quarter ending 12/31/22 Ubisoft (UBI.PA) reported revenue of €773 million on bookings of €727 million.  Bookings were down 2.6% over the previous year.  For the full year fiscal 2023 ending 3/31/23, Ubisoft expects bookings to be down more than 10% with operating income (loss) of -€500 million. Analysis Last month Ubisoft had prepared investors that results were going .....
Konami Reports Flat Revenue for Third Quarter

Konami Reports Flat Revenue for Third Quarter

For its third fiscal quarter ending 12/31/22, Konami Group (9766.T-JP: Tokyo) (KONMY: OTC) reported a year-to-year revenue increase of 4% to ¥78,519 million.  The digital entertainment division responsible for video games reported a 3% decline in revenue to ¥53,721 million (68% of total revenue). For the nine months ended 12/31/22, overall revenue was up 5.5% over the previous year and digital entertainment revenue was up 1.6% to ¥153,959 million.  Profit for the nine-mont.....
Roblox Q4 Beats Expectations

Roblox Q4 Beats Expectations

For the fourth quarter ending 12/31/22, Roblox Corporation (NYSE: RBLX) reported revenue of $579 million, up 2% over the previous year’s quarter.  For the full fiscal year, revenue in 2022 was  $2.2 billion, up 16% over 2021.  Roblox reported a loss of $924 million for the year. Bookings for the fourth quarter were $899 million, up 17% over the previous year.  For the full year, bookings were up 5% at $2.9 billion. Analysis Roblox beat.....