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Outline of Results Briefing held on November 7, 2019

Outline of Results Briefing held on November 7, 2019

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Next is the Games for Smart Devices/PC Browsers sub-segment. Key existing titles performed well, in particular “Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe.” In the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 and onwards, we anticipate strong earnings contributions from “DRAGON QUEST WALK,” which we launched in September.We will also step up our efforts for titles whose sales have been on a downtrend.

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Arcade operations were strong in the Amusement segment. The impact from the October increase in Japan’s consumption tax is limited at present.

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Business in the Publication segment was brisk given buoyant sales in both digital and printed formats. Sales are growing as readers are purchasing digital publications in addition to printed media rather than as a replacement for paper-based books.We are exploring how to maintain or expand upon this trend going forward and working on initiatives to that end.

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We believe the Merchandising segment is making good progress toward its mid-term sales target of ¥10 billion. We will expand sales by releasing merchandise associated with major new titles this holiday season, through the end of the calendar year and the end of the fiscal year.

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Lastly, we are making no changes to our consolidated earnings guidance at this time. Sales trends for “DRAGON QUEST WALK,” which we released at the end of 1H FY2020/3, and release date changes by our competitors have made the outlook for the HD games market less clear. As such, we are not positioned at present to decide to change our earnings outlook. We will therefore continue to focus on achieving the numbers we initially disclosed.