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May 08, 2012, 03.12 AM IST
ELECTRONIC-ARTS-RESULT:EA loses Star Wars users, shares tumble
By Liana B. Baker
REUTERS - Electronic Arts
EA has poured more money and firepower into "Star Wars: The Old Republic" than it has any game in its 30-year history. Wall Street is closely watching to see if the game can succeed, since it could bring EA riches for years to come. If it struggles, EA's earnings will be hurt in future quarters.
Interim Chief Financial Officer Ken Barker said in an interview that EA is pleased with the stability of the game, but it wants to boost the subscriber base up with the release of two expansion packs this quarter that deliver players more content.
The subscriber numbers EA reported on Monday missed some analyst estimates. Brean Murray analyst Todd Mitchell was expecting 1.5 million paying subscribers.
"'Star Wars' is a nice role playing game but people are playing through it and leaving," Mitchell said.
EA had been hoping to take on its biggest rival, Activision Blizzard
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