2020 was a worthwhile yr for a lot of online game publishers, and for Konami, it was a time period that noticed regular development primarily from its cellular gaming division.
For the monetary yr ending on March 31, 2021, Konami’s whole income reached $2.48 billion, a 3.7% improve when in comparison with the earlier fiscal yr. Working earnings noticed an 18% year-on-year improve as they reached $333 million, with Konami’s digital leisure arm incomes the corporate $1.86 billion, up by 33% in whole.
Cell video games have been primarily accountable for these wholesome earnings, as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Hyperlinks and eFootball PES 2021’s cellular model scored huge internationally. Sticking to the Japanese market, Skilled Baseball Spirits carried out nicely however Konami did not share any actual particulars on that sport.
Though it not publishes console video games as closely because it used to, Konami nonetheless had just a few titles out within the final monetary yr that did nicely. Japanese audiences flocked to Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban, with the digital board sport promoting over three million models. Curiously, the corporate made no point out of how nicely its foray into esports territory had gone to date, with video games like its marquee Professional Evolution Soccer collection.
Like many different Japanese publishers, the present coronavirus pandemic had a unfavorable impression on the corporate’s different companies. Income from amusement amenities dropped by 25% to $160 million, its sports activities sector decreased by 38% to $332 million and its Gaming & Techniques division recorded a 41% drop, incomes solely $151 million.
Wanting forward, Konami predicts the 2021 fiscal yr to be too unstable to supply any estimated projections on consolidated outcomes, and can as a substitute submit these estimates at a later date.
As for different huge names within the business, there’s been a lot to smile about to date. Ubisoft and EA have posted document earnings, Bandai Namco has executed some wholesome enterprise, Sq. Enix bought virtually 50 million video games within the final monetary yr, and even Sega is pondering greater, with plans for an bold new sport presently in growth.
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