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Microsoft’s gaming income is up in first quarter for 2022

Microsoft’s quarterly earnings for the primary quarter of fiscal yr 2022 are up, they usually’ve obtained some modestly excellent news for the state of its video game-related financials. 

For the 3-month interval ending September 30 2021, Microsoft reported a 16 % improve in “gaming income” from Q1 2020. Should you dig via the outcomes, you will discover that was a rise of $501 million in gaming income.

The corporate additionally noticed a lift in Xbox {Hardware} income, which grew 166 % from the identical quarter final yr. (In fact, throughout this identical quarter final yr, the Xbox Sequence X|S had not been launched but).

Xbox content material and companies income was slower to develop nevertheless. That income stream solely grew 2 % over the identical time interval. Microsoft described this as a “robust prior yr comparable, with development in Xbox Sport Go subscriptions and first-party titles partially offset by declines from third-party titles.”

“Robust prior yr comparable” appears to be a nod to the worldwide spike in online game income that occurred through the COVID-19 pandemic’s early months, and a decline in third-party titles may be tied to the variety of massive sport releases that have been delayed out of 2022 by a number of publishers. 

We did be taught not too long ago that whereas Xbox Sport Go is pulling in increasingly subscribers, the corporate did fall wanting its goal of 48 % development for the 12-month interval ending June 30 2021. It had solely managed to develop 37 % in that point interval. 

Nonetheless, Microsoft’s non-gaming efforts helped increase the corporate’s Q1 income to $45.3 billion (it was $37.1 billion final yr). Its revenue for the quarter clocked in at $20.5 billion, a notable year-over-year improve from the $13.8 billion in revenue it earned in Q1 2021.

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