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EA Sports Sees Sales Jump & The Score Is For Sale

21 Sep

NHL 12 SALES SET RECORD

EA Sports’ NHL 12 video game broke franchise sales records with over 450,000 copies sold during the first week of sales worldwide. That’s a jump of 19% over last year and it brings the game’s earnings to around $27 million. NHL 12 was likely boosted by a lack of competition as the NHL 2K franchise is taking at least one year off. The game also had a gain of 17% in online gaming as 6.9 million game sessions were logged.

Next up for EA is a new Facebook hockey game. NHL Superstars will launch in October as a free to play game on the social networking site. The game will allow players to create their own team of players and compete against friends online. EA has been vague on the official details but we should find out more about it soon. This will be the first NHL branded game on Facebook. The next frontier for NHL licensing would be to bring an NHL game to smart phones as it appears none are on the drawing board for the 2011-12 season.

THE SCORE UP FOR SALE

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Canadian sports network The Score is up for sale. While The Score has never been a big player in the hockey market, its suite of mobile apps are among the most popular in Canada and has gained a loyal following in the US as well. The report states the The Score is looking to sell for a steep price of $200 million which would put the cost at more than 26 times company earnings. The Score would make for an interesting acquisition for someone since NHL rights will be up soon. With the right owner, The Score could have an impact and finally be a serious competitor to TSN and Sportsnet.

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