Of course, it’s not only the iPhone’s platform holder itself Apple that has to declare its quarterly financial figures.
Nope, publishers likewise are duty bound to announce how well they’ve performed in the games market over the last three months, and to project sales figures for the rest of the year.
Japanese publisher Capcom’s report for the most recent fiscal quarter makes for particularly interesting reading, given the increasing importance of its Mobile and newly created Beeline divisions to the company’s overall healthy bottom line.
Grouped under the ‘Mobile Contents’ operational department, Capcom Mobile (responsible for Monster Hunter: Dynamic Hunting on iPhone) and Beeline (social games unit responsible for the bestselling Smurfs’ Village and Lil’ Pirates) contributed net sales of $150 million, up 79.8 percent from the same term last year.
Contrast that performance with Capcom’s flagging home console business this quarter, and it’s further evidence for the App Store ecosystem playing a significant role in even the traditional game makers’ fortunes.
In semi-related news, Capcom has both reduced the price of its Street Fighter IV: Volt beat-‘em-up for a limited time and welcomed two new characters to the fray.
This time around, Sakura and Makoto have been added to the Street Fighter IV: Volt roster, taking its total number of playable warriors to 20. Good news, then, for battling with friends over online wi-fi and Bluetooth.
Charge on over to the App Store now and download Street Fighter IV: Volt for £2.99 / $4.99.
View the Street Fighter IV: Volt video below...