Wednesday, May 18, 2016

App Store is now ’s biggest retail partner

Electronic Arts, the most prolific games publisher, during a conference call discussing its June quarter rnings, paid a nice little lip serviceto by acknowledging that the App Store has become its biggest retail partner in terms of sales – and for the first time, too. That’s another important milestone for both ’s strides in the mobile gaming space and its appliion store, which last month celebrated itsfifth birthdayand50 billionth app download…PerVentureBt, the super publisher has raked ina total of $90 million in smartphone and tablet revenue during the June quarter. And in an interesting twist, made more money on the App Store than through Origin, its own games store.’s op-chief Peter Moore said in a conference call with investors:Our quarter was notable was for its strong digital sales. To that end, was ’s biggest retail partner as msured by sales.“That is a first,”he pointed out.Some of the highest-grossing games for the platform includeThe Simpsons: Tapped Out,Rl Racing 3andThe Sims FreePlay, he noted.On average, the free-to-playRl Racing 3has two million daily users and has rched 45 million downloads since its staggeredFebruary roll-out.The Simpsons: Tapped Out, which launched in August, had its biggest quarter ever, making more money in the June quarter than in any other quarter.Moore also saidThe Sims Freeplaywas among the highest-grossing iPad games during the first quarter of this yr.In aJune quarterchat with investors yesterday CEO Tim Cook said his company’s registered iOS developershave made an astounding $11 billion in sales, half of which in the last four quarters.That’s a billion dollars more versus $10 billion in cumulative payoutmentioned during the WWDC note. The$10 billion in revenue for developers (after ’s customary 30 percent cut) is also more than all other platforms combined.

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