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EA: Single-Player Games are a Really Important Part of Our Portfolio

EA: Single-Player Games are a Really Important Part of Our Portfolio - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 August 2022 / 1,476 Views

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson in an earnings call with investors said that single-player games are an important part of its portfolio and a way to help grow its network and improve the time players spend on EA's games.

EA found success with the single-player game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and in May of this year announced a sequel to the game, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC. 

"The way we think about this is really less about which game, and more about which motivations that these games fulfill," said Wilson on single-player games via Twinfinite.

"So we know that our players have these core motivations, inspiration, escape, social connection competition, self-improvement, and creation. These things that bring us together as players of games and the creation of worlds and the building of characters, and the telling of stories is really important in the fulfillment of some of those motivations.

EA: Single-Player Games are a Really Important Part of Our Portfolio

"So when we think about our portfolio and we think about building it out, we really think about it on two key vectors. One, how can we tell incredible stories, and two, how can we build tremendous online communities? And then how do we bring those two things together?

"So the way you should, when you look at our portfolio, what you should be looking for is, how are we doing that? How are we building these worlds and telling their stories? How are we developing global online communities? And how we bring those two things together for the fulfillment of motivations.

"And what we see, when we get that, is one, we grow our network, and two, we grow the amount of time that players spend in our network and in and around our games. And as we think about single-player games, we think it’s a really, really important part of the overall portfolio that we deliver in the fulfillment of those core motivations.

"And the way we will plan for it all the time is really just looking at our community, and looking at how they’re spending their time, and looking at where motivations may or may not be fulfilled. And we’ll look to supplement that with the addition of new online games, new multiplayer games, and new single-player games."

EA: Single-Player Games are a Really Important Part of Our Portfolio

EA chief financial officer Chris Suh added, "Andrew here explained it well, but as we think about the model impact in the financial impact of that, the first thing to always keep in mind is that Live Services still encompasses, on a trailing 12 month basis, over 70% of our business, and that has been a proven, very reliable, highly recurring revenue stream and that will still be the predominant driver in our PNL [Profit and Loss] long-term.

"Second. We’ve talked a lot about the areas of investment that we’re making, and that’s both in the live service as well as some of the single [Player] title launches that you seen.

"And so over the course of time, we’ll continue to invest… our long-term growth will continue to invest in the ongoing, stable performance of our Live Services business and there’ll be some puts and takes along the way."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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VAMatt (on 03 August 2022)

He gets to tell people how they should look at EA's portfolio? I don't think it works like that.

Also, damn that's a lot of words to say so little.

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SanAndreasX (on 03 August 2022)

Are you okay, Andrew Wilson? Do you need me to call for help?

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Liquid_faction (on 03 August 2022)

Battlefield flopped, FIFA $$$$ going away. EA hurting bad right now.

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DonFerrari (on 03 August 2022)

IT is a place they look and think let's ignore or destroy a little more right?
The important part for them is the MTX and lootboxes.
The funny thing is that his explanation of why SP is a really important part of the portfolio is saying it isn't by listing things that they get from Multiplayer and whatnot.

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Chazore DonFerrari (on 03 August 2022)

Why the fuck do you get downvoted in scenarios like these, especially when it's telling the truth?.

The downvote system on this site is just stupid and needs to go at this point.

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DonFerrari Chazore (on 04 August 2022)

I have no idea. Maybe sometimes I expressed myself wrong, or maybe it is people that either love EA (never knew they existed) or that really only like MP games.

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S.Peelman (on 03 August 2022)

Uh huh.

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Azzanation (on 03 August 2022)

This feels forced

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Chazore Azzanation (on 03 August 2022)

That's because it is, it's all cheap PR to get us to care about them in some form, when we all know they'd love live based service games rehashed over and over.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 04 August 2022)

And I would say completely not sincere =p but perhaps shareholders that only care about money but not gaming per see liked it.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 04 August 2022)

Btw Im still waiting for your reply in my thread that you decided to jump into.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 04 August 2022)

You would just ignore the poor reception of the game by both critics and users alike, and that it was in very poor state, so why bother? Your other points on ambition, quality and being platform were already so off base that there would be no point in keeping that discussion, plus since you admitted all those games were poorly handed by MS, when in other threads you were defending them, was enough.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 04 August 2022)

Post in the thread not here. And i hope you find a better response than that one. No need to bail out if you believe you are right.

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