Feb 7 Activision Blizzard Inc's
earnings beat Wall Street expectations after its "Call of Duty"
game had blockbuster sales over the crucial holiday quarter,
helping its shares climb 5 percent.
The world's largest videogames publisher also forecast a
first-quarter profit above industry analyst targets, guiding to
earnings, excluding items, of 10 cents a share, versus an
average forecast of about 9.7 cents.
Shares of Activision were up to $12.62 in after-hours
trading, from a close of $12.06 on the Nasdaq.
First-person shooter "Call of Duty:Black Ops 2" hit store
shelves in November and was a holiday blockbuster that reached
$1 billion in global sales within 15 days of its release.
Activision, known for hardcore shooter games, is also
diversifying its revenue stream and stemming subscriber losses
from titles like its child-friendly "Skylanders."
The game's holiday iteration, "Skylander's Giants", sold
well and took the franchise's total sales, including game packs,
toys and accessories, up to $500 million since its 2011 release,
according to Activision.
Fourth-quarter non-GAAP revenue, adjusted for the deferral
of digital revenue and other items, rose 8.3 percent to $2.6
billion from $2.4 billion a year ago, surpassing Wall Street's
average revenue forecast for $2.44 billion.
And non-GAAP income was $891 million, or 78 cents per share,
in the fourth quarter, compared with $725 million, or 62 cents a