EA makes more money from Extra content than Full game downloads

EA makes more money from Extra content than Full game downloads

EA makes more money from Extra content than Full game downloads

EA makes more money from Extra content than Full game downloads

 

EA makes more money from Extra content than from Full game downloads, meaning that DLC is definitely not going anywhere. 

Downloadable content has been something that has been very controversial over recent years, especially when it comes to pre-release or retailer exclusive DLC. According to EA's most recent financial figures they make more money from "extra content" than they do from Digitally downloaded games in their entirety, over 2x more in Q2 FY 2016. 

This set of statistics is bringing to the forefront renewed fears amongst gamers that EA and other big publishers will continue to cut down games and sell continue making more DLC. With DLC being so profitable for both developers and publishers it is also though that modding tools will continue to be discouraged by them so that DLC and other additional content can generate more revenue for the game. 

 

  EA makes more money from Extra content than Full game downloads

 

Year on year Extra content had been the fastest growing market for EA, growing faster than even mobile and game downloads themselves. 

One thing to note is that game season passes are considered part of the subs/ ads/ other sections of their financials, making additional content seem all the more lucrative financially. 

 

You can join the discussion on EA earnings on DLC and other Extra content on the OC3D Forums

 

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02-11-2015, 10:17:39

SuB
well in the words of their finance team 'if it aint broke'Quote

02-11-2015, 10:23:39

shambles1980
News flash! sun coming up makes night time turn in to day time!Quote

02-11-2015, 10:56:50

TalllPaul
So truckloads of DLC is here to stay then, shortcuts FTW.Quote

02-11-2015, 11:22:00

ImprovizoR
If you know anything about corporations then you that they constantly seek to increase their profits. And EA is run by shortsighted idiots. They already spend more on marketing than they do on development. Now they're gonna spend more on DLC and marketing than they do on core game. Here's what's gonna happen in the next few years.

EA sees these numbers, and they immediately get the idea to sell more DLC. But to do that they need to create the game with all that DLC in mind. That's how it's done these days. But that doesn't mean that they will devote more resources to the game than they've initially planned. It means that they will reduce the budget for the core game and put the rest towards DLC development. It also means that they will increase their focus on microtransactions.

All this means that the core games will contain less and less stuff in order to sell more and more DLC (Battlefront is the first extreme example of this). Gameplay will be tailored to incentivise the use of microtransactions. Eventually people will get sick of it, because EA won't be the only one doing that. And one day soon EA will be forced to shut down another studio that made the game that broke the camel's back. Then EA will continue the cycle again, promising to be better for a few years only to go back to the same old ty anti-consumer practices. Don't believe them.

Save yourself the trouble and just ignore themQuote

02-11-2015, 11:24:54

TPC
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImprovizoR View Post
If you know anything about corporations then you that they constantly seek to increase their profits. And EA is run by shortsighted idiots. They already spend more on marketing than they do on development. Now they're gonna spend more on DLC and marketing than they do on core game. Here's what's gonna happen in the next few years.

EA sees these numbers, and they immediately get the idea to sell more DLC. But to do that they need to create the game with all that DLC in mind. That's how it's done these days. But that doesn't mean that they will devote more resources to the game than they've initially planned. It means that they will reduce the budget for the core game and put the rest towards DLC development. It also means that they will increase their focus on microtransactions.

All this means that the core games will contain less and less stuff in order to sell more and more DLC (Battlefront is the first extreme example of this). Gameplay will be tailored to incentivise the use of microtransactions. Eventually people will get sick of it, because EA won't be the only one doing that. And one day soon EA will be forced to shut down another studio that made the game that broke the camel's back. Then EA will continue the cycle again, promising to be better for a few years only to go back to the same old ty anti-consumer practices. Don't believe them.

Save yourself the trouble and just ignore them
And that's why there won't be DLC's in the new NFS. Because they don't listen apperantly.Quote
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