Zynga revenue and forecast come up short, but big-name games in the works

Zynga Inc. reported a slight miss on its most widely watched sales metric and projected holiday results lower than analyst expectations Wednesday afternoon, but promised a brighter future with a slate of games based on popular intellectual property including “Game of Thrones” and “Harry Potter.

The San Francisco mobile-gaming company reported net income of $10.2 million, or a penny a share, on revenue of $233.2 million, up from a loss of less than $1 million a year ago on revenue of $217 million. Analysts on average expected a GAAP loss of a penny a share. Bookings, Zynga’s preferred metric that adds the net increase in deferred revenue to actual sales, came in at $248.9 million, slightly higher than Zynga’s forecast but lower than the average analyst forecast of $250.1 million, according to FactSet.

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