I've been an ongoing fan of the FIFA franchise, but the last few years have left me a little sour each time. It's not because the game isn't fantastic, but more because my favourite mode regularly gets left by the wayside.
It gets ignored for Ultimate Team, EA's take on a collectible card game. And it gets ignored for a really good reason: Ultimate Team makes EA a stupid amount of bank.
Precisely how much, you ask? Roughly half of US$1.3 billion a year, according to the publisher's chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen. Gamesindustry quoted the CFO at an investor conference run by Morgan Stanley, where Jorgensen revealed US$1.3 billion was how much EA makes from "the extra content business".
To further put that in perspective, consider this added fact: the CFO also said EA's mobile business made US$650 million in yearly revenue. In other words, Ultimate Team in FIFA alone makes roughly as much revenue as EA's entire mobile business.
Food for thought.