GameStop has been a gamer watering-hole for many years now. It's a place where people can buy games, consoles, or just socialize with their friends at different game releases or events. But ironically enough, advances in technology are going to harm the entertainment retailer given it's current business model that relies on its stock-and-sell method of selling video games.
GameStop has barely held on to its stagnant more »
The leading media and entertainment conglomerate and the owner of Star Wars franchise Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) that has reported strong quarterly results. A significant development occurred on the Star Wars front when Disney awarded the license to develop the games of the franchise to Electronic Art (NASDAQ: EA). Naturally, Walt Disney is shutting down LucasArts, the original developer of the games. The Star Wars is certainly going to be more »
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) has rallied approximately 23% over the past week, putting its stock up 50% year-to-date. With this increase, is there any room left for investors to make money?
A big win that helped to drive EA's climb was the guidance of 2014 earnings that were well above expectations; management guided 2014 earnings-per-share to $1.20, in comparison to the average analysts' estimates of $1 more »
Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI)'s rapid rally had seemed to be ending, following the post-earnings plunge. The company had rallied to a new 52 week high of $15.40 on May 8, but it is now down to $15.18 as per May 20th close. The driving force of the fall following Q1 earnings release was due to the cautious outlook issued by management.
The company performed overwhelmingly during the more »
Recent news in the video game world has prompted me to ask whether or not there is money to be made here.
There are new consoles coming from Sony and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) later on in the year, and there are bound to be countless numbers of games from publishers Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA).
In the news
Activision and EA have been in the press more »
2012 was a forgetful year for NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES), as the Chinese online gaming giant was beaten down badly in the second half of the year after a string of awful quarterly reports. But, I knew that the company’s business was strong enough and it would be just a matter of time before it bounces back. As expected, this year has been great so far for NetEase investors as more »
Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) reported a fairly strong quarter driven by the release of some blockbuster video gaming titles like StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Diablo 3, and Call of Duty Black Ops 2. The company’s release schedule in the first quarter led to the strong surge in revenue and net income.
The company reported earnings per share of $0.40 for the first quarter beating more »
One of the most successful video game franchises in history, Call of Duty, is set for a new release this holiday season. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), the company behind Call of Duty, has been releasing a new game in the series every year since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released in 2007 and sold over 16 million copies. The most recent title in the series, released last year more »
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) has won the coveted license to produce Star Wars video games from Disney (NYSE: DIS). This agreement gives Electronic Arts the rights to develop new Star Wars titles for game consoles, computers and mobile devices. News of the agreement sent Electronic Arts' stock climbing higher by 2.8% in after-hours trading following the announcement.
Second times a charm
This will be the second go-around for Electronic more »
Well, it was quite inevitable and I had seen in coming three months ago. Investors had rejoiced after Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) released its fourth-quarter results in January, but I was more or less sure that they were celebrating too early. The Street hadn’t paid enough attention to Activision’s weak outlook then, and nor did any one heed management’s calls that 2013 was going to be a more »
Over the last seven years, the video game industry has grown over 289%. Gaming consoles entered into mainstream consciousness with technology advances such as Nintendo’s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) release of motion controls for the Wii console in 2006 and such blockbuster games such as Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ: ATVI) Call of Duty series that pulls in over $1 billion in revenue with each new reiteration.
The video game industry, according more »
Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) is the developer of some of the most popular games that you see on Facebook, like Farmville and Mafia Wars. Revenues have been declining for the company, and investors are worried about the upward trend in costs and Zynga’s free-to-play business model. However, Zynga is poised to make a comeback. Watch out for this company- there have been some recent developments which are going to make more »
I was never in doubt that Chinese online gaming company Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) would turn out to be one of the best investments that one could make in 2013, and the stock’s year-to-date appreciation of close to 50% tells me that I was right. But if you’ve missed this gravy train so far, then worry not, as Giant still has gigantic prospects going forward.
The streak continues more »
With videogame technology anticipated to finally advance in the coming months from the eagerly awaited release of major new consoles, many of the companies with a stake in this sector have been taken to the next level.
The gaming industry is an action-packed market in which to invest, perhaps attracting adrenaline junkies who want to toss their money into shares of companies such as Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), Take-Two more »
The video game industry has been a tough industry to invest in over the past five years. The three largest game publishers in the U.S. - Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) - have all failed to claw back to their pre-crisis levels of 2008. Declining sales of software during that period, confirmed by respective year-on-year declines of 25% and 10% in February and more »
If you are a gamer, and specifically a Star Wars gamer, you are probably pretty excited that Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and Disney (NYSE: DIS) have reached a deal that will allow EA to develop Star Wars video games.
But if you're an investor, what should your reaction be?
Just a little over a month ago Disney announced that they were shutting down LucasArts, the video more »
When considering stocks, it's always helpful to gauge what the rest of the market thinks. One source of sentiment is the number of shares shorted. Companies seeing significant increases in shares shorted are being viewed more negatively, and vice-versa.
I ran a screen on the technology sector for stocks seeing the most significant decreases in shares shorted month-over-month, as this indicates that short sellers are becoming less bearish on more »
There’s a growing trend in video game development: always-on digital rights management (DRM). Intended to prevent piracy, always-on DRM requires players to maintain a constant connection to the Internet while playing video games.
Some of the biggest publishers, including Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) have used DRM in their flagship titles, while Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is widely rumored to be implementing such a system in its more »
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) has been named the “Worst Company in America” for the second year in a row by Consumerist, a popular consumer affairs blog. Electronic Arts is a leading player in digital interactive entertainment. It develops gaming software content for video games, computers, mobile phones, etc. Its leading brand, EA Sports, offers various sports-based video games like FIFA, Cricket, etc.
Electronic Arts is really struggling. The stock is more »
Intel is facing some serious pressure due to the stagnating growth of the personal computer. Intel belongs to a product eco-system that relies heavily on the inter-connected co-operation of the members. Intel’s dominance in desk top semiconductors is not questioned (AMD has lost a lot of market share in the desktop or laptop space).
The problem comes from Intel’s unwillingness, or slowness, to adopt product strategies that can more »
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