May 14(Reuters) - King Digital Entertainment Plc, a maker of games for social media platforms and mobile devices, reported better-than-expected gross quarterly bookings, helped by the success of “Candy Crush Soda Saga”.
Total gross bookings, an indicator of future revenue, rose 3.1 percent to $604.5 million in the first quarter ended March 31 compared with the fourth quarter of 2014.
Analysts on average had expected bookings of $589.7 million, according to market research firm Factset StreetAccount.
Net income rose to $164.1 million, or 51 cents per share, from $127.2 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue fell 6.1 percent to $569.5 million. (Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Jennings)