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Battlefield V sells 7.3m, falls short of EA Q3 expectations by 1m

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NobleTeam360 said:
Hm, 7.1 million is still a lot of copies sold even if it was half off. Guess the supposed boycott of EA/BFV wasn't all that effective. I need to remind myself that internet forums don't represent the majority, they're just a really, really, vocal minority.

It's why I find the whole "vote with your wallet" idea as being completely useless. It only ever works if you are a part of the bigger crowd that both got stung and agrees with your stance with what you fight for. 



                                       

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pokoko said:
Let's be honest with this--the "controversy" probably had very little to do with the decline. Most shooter fans probably had no idea any of that was even going on. They just did a poor job of making people want to buy it overall. Compared to BF1, it did not generate any kind of buzz.

These military shooters being yearly releases really burns through possible source material quickly. They're going to have to get creative.

The fact that it looks so similar to bf1 didn't help. If they jumped to a drastically different setting like vietnam or the future it most likely would have done way better



konnichiwa said:
NobleTeam360 said:
Hm, 7.1 million is still a lot of copies sold even if it was half off. Guess the supposed boycott of EA/BFV wasn't all that effective. I need to remind myself that internet forums don't represent the majority, they're just a really, really, vocal minority.

If it wasn't effective why did the sell if so fast with a discount?  That's like saying Fallout 76 is loved because it had alright sales?

I don't know, maybe because the game, in general, is pretty bad. I'm sure that had far more to do with the decline in sales than some supposed boycott, not to say none of the lost sales were due to that. And no, that isn't like saying Fallout 76 is loved because of alright sales. 



Faelco said:
NobleTeam360 said:
Hm, 7.1 million is still a lot of copies sold even if it was half off. Guess the supposed boycott of EA/BFV wasn't all that effective. I need to remind myself that internet forums don't represent the majority, they're just a really, really, vocal minority.

The previous game (BF1) sold 15 millions during the holidays, and without needing price cuts (21 millions in next July after launch). They lost half of their playerbase, and more than half of their profit. Not sure about the "vocal minority" when the majority of the profit disappeared. 

Of course, the "boycott" is not the only cause for poor sales, but it sure didn't help the marketing when all we heard about the game was talks about SJW and "don't like it don't buy it".

Yep, BF1 to BFV is a pretty big drop, I just don't attribute the people whining about EA/Dice supposedly being SJW with BFV as the cause for that large of a drop (some of it sure). 



Faelco said:
NobleTeam360 said:
Hm, 7.1 million is still a lot of copies sold even if it was half off. Guess the supposed boycott of EA/BFV wasn't all that effective. I need to remind myself that internet forums don't represent the majority, they're just a really, really, vocal minority.

The previous game (BF1) sold 15 millions during the holidays, and without needing price cuts (21 millions in next July after launch). They lost half of their playerbase, and more than half of their profit. Not sure about the "vocal minority" when the majority of the profit disappeared. 

Of course, the "boycott" is not the only cause for poor sales, but it sure didn't help the marketing when all we heard about the game was talks about SJW and "don't like it don't buy it".

Exactly. And remember, they delayed the game because of low preorders, hoping the controversy would blow over. Looks like it didn't. Sales were so low the first week, they had to do heavy discounts to push copies out of the door.

It still amazes me that we continue to have these examples in games and movies (consumers criticize a product, whether because it has an agenda or just some constructive criticism, companies/employees can't handle criticism so they attack the fans, product underperforms or fails), yet certain people still find excuses not to believe that's what caused the decline in sales.  



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Still good sales, just 2 points to make.

1. It's awful that they're taking the stance that the lack of focus on battle royale hurt their sales and says a lot about DICE/EA games in the future.

2. They're very right about people playing Battlefield for a long time. Even last year I neverrrrr had to wait to find a Battlefield 4 lobby on PS4.



Clearly not that great of a result... but, considering it wasn't all that long ago we were talking about the possibility of it selling worse than Hardline or possibly even Bad Company 2, it could have been MUCH worse.