Video game boom in corona crisis continues

Santa Monica (dpa) – The business of video game providers continues to grow rapidly in the corona crisis. Activision Blizzard’s (Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush) sales jumped 38 percent year over year to $ 1.93 billion last year. The number of active users of Activision games rose from 102 to 125 million within three months, as the US company announced on Wednesday night. The bottom line was $ 580 million in box office profits after $ 328 million a year earlier.

In the corona crisis, the games industry has seen significant growth since the beginning of the exit restrictions in spring.

Take-Two Interactive, the provider of games such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “NBA 2K20”, saw sales soar 54% to $ 831.3 million in the past quarter, and earnings grew from 46.3 to 88.5 Million dollars.

In a conference call with analysts on Wednesday night, CEO Strauss Zelnick announced higher prices for new games. Prices have been largely stable for a long time, while development costs have increased significantly, he said. Take-Two had previously announced that the NBA 2K21 basketball game for the next generation of Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in the United States would be sold for $ 70 instead of the usual $ 60. Zelnick now made it clear that there should be no widespread price increase for games for new consoles, but should be decided from game to game.

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