- Record royalties of €5.7 million, up 52%
- Capitalized production up 61%
- Eight projects under development in 2022
April 7, 2022. DONTNOD Entertainment, an independent French studio that creates, develops, and publishes video games, today publishes its operating revenues for the 2021 financial year.
|Figures being audited – € million||2021||2020||Change|
|- incl. publisher fees||4.8||9.7||-51%|
|- incl. royalties||5.7||3.8||+52%|
Record royalties and eight production lines in progress
For the 2021 financial year, DONTNOD Entertainment posted operating revenues of €26.7 million, up 13% compared to 2020.
Publisher fees, down 51% to €4.8 million in 2021, are perfectly in line with the strategy geared to co-production and self-publishing. This strategy allows the Group to capture more value from original creations, while retaining all intellectual property deriving from self-publishing.
Royalties reached a record level of €5.7 million, up 52%, reflecting an excellent back catalog performance driven by VAMPYR, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since June 2018. This co-production, fully amortized as of December 31, 2021, is the studio's greatest financial success to date alongside LIFE IS STRANGE 1. TWIN MIRROR, released in December 2021, also contributed to 2021 royalties thanks to the guaranteed minimum amounts.
Lastly, capitalized production rose by 61% to €16.2 million, reflecting the ramp-up of five fully self-published projects (four developed in the Paris studios and one in Montreal), the new co-production with Focus Entertainment (Project 8), and Gerda: A Flame in Winter, a game co-produced with PortaPlay studio.
Given the performance of 2021 operating revenues, operating EBITDA for the year is expected to improve, testifying to a robust business model.
As announced (see press release of February 23, 2022), the Company has decided to write off the development costs of TWIN MIRROR still capitalized at December 31, 2021, resulting in an accounting impact of €4.4 million. Excluding this exceptional impairment charge, operating EBIT is positive, with operating expenses under control and operating income from the rest of the portfolio in line with expectations.
Construction of a robust asset portfolio
To support its goal of achieving long-term profitable growth, DONTNOD continues to build a robust asset portfolio comprising eight intellectual property assets, including:
- In-house development of six video games, including:
- five self-publishing projects (Projects 7, 9, 10 and 11 and Project M1 developed in Montreal);
- ramp-up of Project 8 development with Focus Entertainment integrated into the new production chain dedicated to the buoyant action-RPG segment.
- Publishing of two third-party studio projects developed in co-production mode with DONTNOD holding most of the rights:
- Gerda: A Flame in Winter, developed by PortaPlay studio and scheduled for release in 2022;
- Upcoming game from Studio TOLIMA.
DONTNOD will simultaneously develop a new production chain in Montreal specializing in narrative adventure games, following on from LIFE IS STRANGE. The studio will also boost its production capacity in the buoyant action-RPG segment through the launch of a new project.
The studio is therefore focusing its production capacity on self-publishing and co-production, which will allow it to retain most of the intellectual property rights and royalties derived from its projects.
Next publication: 2021 annual results, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (after Euronext Paris market close).
About DONTNOD Entertainment
DONTNOD is an independent French publisher and developer, based in Paris and Montreal, creating original narrative games in the adventure (LIFE is STRANGETM, TELL ME WHYTM, TWIN MIRRORTM), RPG (VAMPYRTM), and action (REMEMBER METM) genres. The studio is internationally renowned for unique narrative experiences with engaging stories and characters, and has worked with industry leading publishers Square Enix, Microsoft, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Focus Entertainment, and Capcom. DONTNOD now aims to create and publish its own IPs developed in-house, as well as using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with third-party developers whose editorial visions parallel the company's own.
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