Electronic Arts’ mobile revenue climbed 12 percent year-over-year to $55 million in the second quarter ending in September. Meanwhile, revenue on the Nintendo DS platform declined 13 percent to $7 million while PSP revenue was unchanged from the same quarter a year earlier at $17 million.
The company said smartphone revenue increased 87 percent year-over-year, according to non-generally accepted accounting principles, which exclude factors like acquisition-related expenses and stock-based compensation. Smartphone revenue helped offset declines in the feature phone business, EA said.
In the earnings call, EA pointed out games like SPY Mouse, which came from the Australian gaming studio it recently acquired called Firemint and the big soccer-related FIFA franchise. Electronic Arts said PopCap Games, the Seattle-based company it recently acquired in a deal worth up to $1.3 billion, is set to grow about 30 percent year-over-year. Before it was acquired, PopCap said it made about $100 million in revenue in 2010, so this would ballpark it at $130 million for 2011. PopCap is behind hits on iOS like Plants vs. Zombies, Chuzzle and Bejeweled Blitz.
Overall, net digital revenue rose 45 percent year-over-year to $234 million, on a non-GAAP basis. EA’s net loss widened 69 percent to $340 million from $201 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Shares rose 11 cents to $24.50.