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SuperData: Luckey departure ‘long time coming’ By Katharine Byrne Palmer Luckey’s seemingly sudden departure from Oculus was “a long time coming,” according to SuperData’s VP of research and strategy and head of VR/AR strategy Stephanie Llamas, after his role had “become increasingly redundant” in the wake of Oculus’ lawsuit with ZeniMax. “Oculus is failing compared to its competitors and Luckey’s reputation certainly hasn’t helped. With his donation scandal [to an anti-Clinton site] and his part in the ZeniMax lawsuit [where he was cited as breaking an NDA], Facebook has pushed him further and further into the background,” Llamas told MCV. “HTC Vive has been outselling their device almost two-to-one, a company that has been incredibly

vocal about expanding the VR ecosystem for the good of the industry, not just the company, and has made a strong push for nongaming content. Oculus needs to compete with that, and after a slew of bad press that mostly centers on Luckey, this seems like the natural next step.” She added: “The bad press hasn’t necessarily been a deal breaker for consumers, but content creators are getting spooked. Not only are they grappling with Oculus’s poor reputation and underwhelming sales, ZeniMax’s injunction could potentially affect the majority of their developers. That is partly why Facebook is throwing money at developers to create exclusive content for the device and cutting their prices to attract more consumers for developers to access.”

“Oculus is failing compared to its competitors,” SuperData’s Llamas told MCV

Meanwhile, one upside of Luckey’s departure is that it could propel Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg into a more prominent position as a VR advocate, Llamas added. “Mark Zuckerberg has been a positive and charismatic supporter

of Oculus and has served as a far more powerful spokesperson for the company. Luckey’s departure, and Iribe’s role change, push Zuckerberg further into the spotlight, a strategy that will serve both Facebook and Oculus well.”

FIFA 17 topped UK digital charts in February By Marie Dealessandri FIFA 17 has once again topped the UK digital Top Ten, making a huge £7.59m in February, according to SuperData. Sales were down over 15 per cent compared to January for EA’s football behemoth, but it still made almost twice as much revenue as February’s No.2, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, during the same period. Rockstar’s best-seller generated £4.15m in revenue (compared to £4.42m in January), putting it just ahead of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and its £3.17m. Sales for the FPS title were actually up 9.3 per cent month-on-month, likely due to the release of the Sabotage DLC early in February. EA also took fourth place with Battlefield 1, which made £2.91m, as well as the seventh spot with FIFA 16, which still managed to make £1.56m despite being out for well over two years. Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved kept its fifth spot last 

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month with £2.27m in revenues – a 15 per cent decline compared to January. Meanwhile, Ubisoft’s For Honor debuted at No.8 with revenues reaching £1.54m. With four titles in the Top Ten (with usual suspects Destiny and Overwatch being respectively at No.9 and No.10), Activision Blizzard made £7.26m in February, which didn’t even reached what FIFA 17 made alone. So EA, once again, was the top digital publisher last month, with added revenues reaching £12.06m. RANK


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FIFA 17 Grand Theft Auto V Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Battlefield 1 ARK: Survival Evolved Call of Duty: Black Ops III FIFA 16 For Honor Destiny Overwatch

FIFA 17 made £7.59m digitally in February, while FIFA 16 still generated £1.56m

PUBLISHER EA Sports Rockstar Games Activision Blizzard Electronic Arts Studio Wildcard Activision Blizzard EA Sports Ubisoft Activision Blizzard Activision Blizzard


DEVELOPER EA Canada Rockstar North Infinity Ward EA DICE Studio Wildcard Treyarch EA Canada Ubisoft Montreal Bungie Blizzard Entertainment

DIGITAL REVENUE GBP £7.59m £4.15m £3.17m £2.91m £2.27m £1.83m £1.56m £1.54m £1.28m £0.98m

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