Ubisoft cites lack of new releases for 24% mobile revenue decline in Q1

Mobile made up seven per cent of total net bookings

Ubisoft cites lack of new releases for 24% mobile revenue decline in Q1

Ubisoft has pinned a 24 per cent fall in revenue year-on-year in Q1 2019 on the lack of new releases during the quarter.

In the publisher’s earnings call, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha, CFO Frédérick Duguet said the decline was largely due to the launch of Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, with no similar releases in the last quarter.

The decline would suggest however that Ubisoft’s current portfolio has struggled to grow sales through live ops.

Despite the drop, mobile still maintained a seven per cent share of total net bookings for the publisher in Q1, which was stable from the same period the year prior. That proportion works at around $21,994,000 in mobile net bookings.

Declining sales

Overall sales for the Q1 2019 came in at 363 million euros ($407m), down 9.2 per cent year-on-year.

Net bookings also declined 17.6 per cent to 314 million euros ($352m). Digital net bookings meanwhile increased 1.9 per cent to 292 million euros ($328m).

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was said to have seen a “very sharp increase” in daily engagement and sell-through compared to Origins, while Rainbow Six Siege was also highlighted as a top performer.

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