Konami's game sales rise 6% on the back of 25 million Power Pro downloads

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Konami's game sales rise 6% on the back of 25 million Power Pro downloads

Japanese publisher Konami (TYO:9766) has announced its FY17 Q1 financials for the 3 months ending 30 June 2016.

Sales from games (what Konami calls Digital Entertainment) were up 6% to $235 million.

Profits from games were up 34% to $85 million.

As with many Japanese companies, Konami operates several different business units ranging from health and fitness centres (34% of quarterly sales); gambling (13%); and pachinko machines (6%).

Over the quarter, sales from all segments other than digital entertainment dropped.

For the entire company, Q1 sales were down 4% to $504 million.

Konami ended the quarter with $1.1 billion in cash and equivalents, down 4% quarter-on-quarter.

Baseball's the game

In terms of mobile games, Konami's main revenue driver was Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu aka Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu or Power Pro, which reached 25 million downloads in Japan.

It's hit the #1 top grossing spot too.

The company also highlighted the performance of Professional Baseball Spirits Ace, World Soccer Collection and Professional Baseball Dream Nine, which the latter two described as "strong".

The majority of Konami's mobile sales are from Japan, but internationally, Star Wars: Force Collection and Winning Eleven Club Manager were said to continue their "stable operation" whatever that means.

The company also plans to release Jikkyou Powerful Soccer and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links.

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