Madden NFL 13 Continues Historic Launch; Record Sell-Through and Fan Engagement Highlight Week One
Sell-Through Up 8% in First Seven Days for New Record on HD Console
Madden NFL 13 Games Played and DAU at Their Highest Rates Ever
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that Madden NFL 13 continues
its record-setting launch performance with new records for both sales
and fan engagement through its first seven days at retail (Aug. 28-Sept.
3). Based on internal estimates, sell-through for Madden NFL 13 was
up 8 percent year-over-year on HD platforms with more than 1.65M units
sold in Week One to mark its best start ever on this console generation.
Last week, EA announced that Madden NFL 13 had set a new Day One
record on HD consoles as well.
Fans also continued to play Madden NFL 13 in record numbers. In
the first week following retail launch, there was a 31 percent increase
in the number of online games played year over year with more than 24M
contests recorded. That's the equivalent of a staggering 47,000 NFL
regular seasons in just seven days, and, on Labor Day alone, an average
of 3,000 Madden NFL 13 games were started every minute. In
addition, Daily Average User (DAU) rates on HD consoles have increased
14 percent over last year, shattering previous franchise records.
"We're thrilled to see the great momentum continuing on Madden NFL 13,"
said Andrew Wilson, Executive Vice President of EA SPORTS. "The
overwhelming feedback is that this is the best Madden NFL game in
a generation. Fans are competing in record numbers, and we expect that
type of engagement to only grow with the start of the NFL regular season
last night, as fans connect with their favorite teams and players
through our game."
"We have seen strong demand for Madden NFL 13 leading up to
launch and through its first week on store shelves," said Bob McKenzie,
SVP of Merchandising, GameStop. "Critic reviews are strong and the buzz
from the Madden fan base is more robust than I've ever seen. We've seen
this consumer momentum sustain throughout week one and we expect it to
continue into the fall and holiday season."
Among the additional notable accomplishments for Madden NFL 13 in
its first week at retail:
There were more than 1.4M fans who connected online last week.
There were more than 702K unique visitors to the enhanced Madden
Ultimate Team mode. Fans opened more than 2.6M packs and competed in
more than 2.2M challenges.
There were more than 1.3M unique visitors to Madden NFL
Facebook page and 450K Madden mentions on Twitter.
Madden NFL 13 on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system
and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system delivers physics you can
feel on every play, and will connect you to the NFL and other fans like
never before. Powered by the all-new Infinity Engine, every impact on
the field is more intense; every battle is more authentic; and no two
plays will every look or feel the same. With Connected Careers you'll
build your legacy as a player or coach within a completely new and fully
connected universe, accessible on and off the console. With deep new
gameplay innovation, social integration, and an overhaul of the audio
and visual presentation, Madden NFL 13 is the biggest
game-changer in the history of the franchise.
Madden NFL 13 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon. Madden
NFL 13 is now available and retails for $59.99 on the Xbox 360 and
the PlayStation 3. Madden NFL 13 is also available for $49.99 on
the Nintendo Wii™ console, and $39.99 on PlayStation® Vita System. To
learn more about Madden NFL 13, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.
For Madden NFL 13 assets, visit: http://maddennfl13.newslinevine.com/
All player participation has been facilitated by National Football
League Players Incorporated, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of
the NFL Players Association.
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world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive
technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA
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About Electronic Arts
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entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services
for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones,
tablets and social networks. EA has more than 220 million registered
players and operates in 75 countries.
In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a
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David Tinson, 650-628-5189
Sr. Director, Communications
Sr. Communications Manager
Source: Electronic Arts Inc.
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