NEW YORK, April 25 — Videogame publisher Activision Blizzard Inc missed estimates for first-quarter adjusted sales today, hurt by low demand for its latest title Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Activision’s performance has taken a hit from lower premium sales for Call of Duty: Vanguard and weaker engagement in Call of Duty: Warzone, with a return to pre-pandemic habits pressing gamers to spend less time on their consoles.

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The Santa Monica, California-based company’s quarterly adjusted sales stood at US$1.48 billion (RM6.4 billion), compared with analysts’ estimates of US$1.80 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

Net income for the quarter ended March 31 fell to US$395 million, or 50 cents per share, from US$619 million, or 79 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, Activision earned 64 cents per share. — Reuters