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Baseball titles boost Konami's FY16 game sales up 27% to $1.2 billion

Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu bats well
Baseball titles boost Konami's FY16 game sales up 27% to $1.2 billion

Japanese publisher Konami (TYO:9766) has announced its financials for the 12 months ending 31 March 2016.

Sales from games (what Konami calls Digital Entertainment) were up 27% to $1.2 billion.

Profits from games were up 110% to $326 million.

As with many Japanese companies, Konami operates several different business units ranging from health and fitness centres (29% of annual sales); gambling (14%); and pachinko machines (6%).

Over the year, sales from gambling were up, while health and fitness, and pachinko fell.

For the entire company, sales were up 15% to $2.3 billion.

Profits were up 119% to $97 million.

Stepping up to the plate

Konami doesn't break out its mobile revenues directly, but a cursory look at the Japanese top grossing charts shows that its key revenue driver during the year was cute mobile baseball game Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu aka Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu.

Downloaded 22 million times in Japan since its January 2015 release, the game has been a solid top 20 performer on the iPhone grossing chart and on occasion has even reached the #1 spot.

Another baseball game Professional Baseball Spirits Ace has also performed well in Japan.

Outside of its home territory, Konami has failed to sparkle, though, with Star Wars: Force Collection and PES Club Manager its most high profile titles.

Neither generates strong revenues, with Konami merely describing their performance as "stable".

[source: Konami IR]