Interim Chief Financial Officer Ken Barker said in an interview that EA is pleased with the stability of the game, but it wants to boost the subscriber base up with the release of two expansion packs this quarter that deliver players more content. The subscriber numbers EA reported on Monday missed some analyst estimates. Brean Murray analyst Todd Mitchell was expecting 1.5 million paying subscribers.
Not faring too well in that galaxy far far Away
“'Star Wars' is a nice role playing game but people are playing through it and leaving,” Mitchell said.
EA had been hoping to take on its biggest rival, Activision Blizzard
EA now expects EPS to be in the range of $1.05 to $1.20 per share for the year on revenue of $4.3 billion. Analysts on average are expecting EPS of $1.12 a share on revenue of $4.49 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Ste rne Agee analyst Bhatia said the company's earnings forecast was light and was likely affected by the performance of “Star Wars.'”
For the fiscal first quarter, the company expects EPS to be a loss of 45 cents per share to 40 cents per share.