Konami Sees Increased Sales and Earnings Due to Strong Social Gaming Performance
Konami reported improved revenues and earnings for fiscal 2012 today. Sales were up from 258 billion yen to 265.8 billion yen. Operating income was up from 20.8 billion yen to 41 billion yen, with net income up from 12.9 billion yen to 23 billion yen.
The company cited strong sales of sports games like Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 and Winning Eleven and Metal Gear titles as one reason for the gains. However, sales from the consumer games division was down from 65.7 billion yen to 50.4 billion yen. This drop was made up by gains in social gaming, which saw revenues rise from 15.8 billion yen to 36.7 billion yen.
Membership across Konami's full lineup of social games topped the 20 million mark. Dragon Collection remains the number one game on GREE and has six million registered users. Professional Baseball Dream Nine is number two.
Japan was Konami's top territory for the year, accounting for 6.86 million software units sold. Europe sold 6.23 million units, with The Americas trailing at 4.93 million units. In all, Konami sold 18.3 million pieces of software, down from last year's 21.94 million.
PS3 was, once again, Konami's top platform, accounting for 34% of software units sold. PSP remained a a strong second with 21% of sales. Wii dropped to 10%, and was beaten this year by Xbox 360's 12%