Konami just released its financial results for the nine-month period ended December 31st, with revenue reaching ¥178.7bn (£1.14bn), a nine per cent increase year-on-year, and operating profit surging 30.2 per cent compared to the same period last year, hitting ¥38.5bn (£0.24bn).
Digital entertainment is the business segment which saw the most growth, a 21.7 per cent increase year-on-year to reach ¥89.7bn (£0.57bn) in revenue, while the ‘Gaming & Systems’ segment saw a slight 1.1 per cent decrease to hit ¥20.7bn (£0.13nb).
Digital growth was led by mobile games, Konami revealed, with 2014’s Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu and 2015’s Professional Baseball Spirits A continuing “to deliver solid performance,” the report reads. Mobile title Winning Eleven Card Collection (PES Card Collection) also performed really well, with over 80m downloads as of January, while Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links hit the 60m downloads in December.
Digital console and PC games were also credited for the growth, with Konami saying that PES 2018 and Super Bomberman R “continued to drive solid performance.”
The Japanese firm has revised its expectations for the full year ending in March 2018 and now expects revenue to hit ¥240m (£1.53bn) instead of initial expectations of ¥245bn (£1.56bn).
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