Vivendi Profits Up – WoW Hits 9.3m Members
Publisher Vivendi has announced that its games division’s sales have risen nearly 19 percent in its third quarter. The company attributes its outstanding performance to the “continued momentum” of World of Warcraft and initial sales of Massive’s World in Conflict.
“Revenues also included initial sales of the highly rated action-strategy game World in Conflict from Sierra Entertainment, developed by their internal studio Massive Entertainment and released in the third quarter,” read the company’s statement
Third quarter sales are up from last year’s sales of $265.6 million (182 million euros) to $315.2 million (216 million euros). In just nine months, Vivendi’s total sales have risen 50 percent over 2006 to $1.04 billion (716 million euros).
Vivendi’s profits have been driven by the release of its The Burning Crusade expansion in China in the latter part of the third quarter and its steadily growing subscriber base. The figures have continued to climb from the 9 million mark achieved in July to more than 9.3 million subscribers. That’s more than 1 million new members since December 31, 2006.