The company expects current quarter adjusted revenue of $2.65 billion, missing Wall Street’s average estimate of $2.75 billion,
The company had previously labelled 2019 a “transition year”, cutting about 800 jobs and focusing on investing more in developing its game franchises like “Candy Crush” and “Overwatch” to boost its top and bottom line.
Traditional publishers of console-based, desktop games are facing stiff competition from the increasing popularity of online, free-to-play games like “PUBG”, Epic Games’s “Fortnite” and Electronic Arts’ “Apex Legends”.
The forecast overshadows a better than expected third quarter adjusted revenue, which was lifted by its recent launches “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” and “Call of Duty: Mobile”.
The mobile version of “Call of Duty” launched on 1 October racked up 100 million downloads worldwide in its first week, according to industry site Sensor Tower.
Activision, behind popular franchises such as “Diablo” and “World of Warcraft”, reported adjusted revenue of $1.21 billion for the third quarter ended Sept. 30. Analysts on average had expected revenue of $1.17 billion.
The company, which continues its e-sports push, is set to launch its “Call of Duty League” on Jan. 24 2020, following its highly successful “Overwatch” league.
The company’s net income fell to $204 million from $260 million a year earlier.