Electronic Arts passed $1B in digital sales in 2011
Posted: 13.01.2012 22:33 by Comments: 4
Electronic Arts is reporting that the publisher has earned over $1B USD from its digital properties and sales. The company attributes it both to its acquisition of major social networking and casual game companies such as PopCap Games, Playfish and Chillingo, as well as its new digital distribution service, Origin.

EA's plans for 2012 is to eschew the EA Interactive label, since the digital distribution model will be permeating the entire company's lineup, thanks in no small part to Origin.

The publisher has therefore allowed EA Interactive head Barry Cottle to leave the company. Cottle quickly signed up with Zynga as its new executive president of business and corporate development, joining other ex-EA veterans John Schappert and Jeff Karp.

Popcap Games is best known for its addictive casual games like Plants Vs. Zombies and Peggle. Playfish, founded in 2007, specializes in Facebook games like The Sims Social and Monopoly Millionaires. Chillingo brought both Angry Birds and Cut the Rope to iOS devices.

EA's controversial Origin service is the publisher's digital distributor as well as gaming portal, for titles such as Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Source: GameSpot
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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 14, 2012
With the Origin Store retailing at equivalent (or more) of the RRP of Australian retailers you'd be one mad wombat to buy from them.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2012
Yea stuff like that makes absolutely no sense. How in god's name can a digitally distributed game cost more than an actual physical copy with all the costs that it entails?
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2012
Same tariffs apply for online sales, which is why I have to (@*#&@ pay for state sales tax on stuff I purchase as well.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 16, 2012
Publishers used to explain the high price of videogames as being due to the packaging (box, manuals etc) and the cost of the plastics used to make the 3.5" and 5.25" discs. They promised the prices would drop when it went to CD-ROM , and of course nothing changed. The prices will only drop when there is a significant option for buyers in the market. Then everyone must adapt, and with a Global Depression on the horizon (not quite visible, but there if you look long enough) things will really change.
Entertainment is always the last of the non-essentials to be cut from spending in hard times, but at these exorbitant prices it won't be hard to "force" gamers to turn to piracy as the only affordable option.