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Roblox Falls After Quarterly Bookings Miss Wall Street Estimates

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Roblox Falls After Quarterly Bookings Miss Wall Street Estimates

Roblox Corp., the developer of a video-game platform that’s widely used by preteens, fell as much as 7.8% in late trading after reporting second-quarter bookings that fell short of Wall Street estimates.

Bookings, a measure of sales, rose to $665.5 million, the company said Monday, missing the $683.3 million average of analysts’ estimates. In July, daily active users rose 8% from the prior month to 46.6 million. The company doesn’t provide forecasts.

To keep growing, San Mateo, California-based Roblox is trying to broaden its user base beyond kids and to target office workers and even older adults. It’s expanding internationally, too, into Western Europe and East Asia.

It’s also developing social-media features to enhance the experience for players. On Monday, Roblox announced that it acquired Guilded Inc., a closely held company that offers gaming communities tools like video chat and integrated calendars.

“The biggest challenge Roblox faces is sky-high expectations,” David Cole, founder of the consulting firm DFC Intelligence, said before the report. “The market growth potential for Roblox is large, which is why investors are so enthusiastic.”

Roblox announced earlier it’s delaying its return to the office to January from September.

Shares of Roblox, which began trading in March at $64.50, fell as low as $73.34 in extended trading, before mostly recovering. The shares lost 5.2% to $79.57 at the close of regular trading in New York.

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