Electronic Arts

  • Microsoft Makes a Play with Xbox One FIFA Bundle

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: EA, MSFT, SNE

    Microsoft(MSFT) is an American tech giant best known for creating the Windows operating system and ushering in the computer revolution. The company also produces videogame hardware under the Xbox brand and is set to release its new Xbox One console this holiday season.

    The Xbox One received a scathing reception upon its unveiling, prompting Microsoft to implement a number of changes to the product. Recent news and the extent more »

  • Why Activision Blizzard Is a Buy

    By Ayush Singh - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    The previous quarter's results of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) were not exciting as the company recorded a decline in its revenue as well as earnings. Despite an understated performance, Activision looks set to perform better in the long run. We'll see why Activision has a bright future, but before that, let’s take a look at the factors which affected its quarterly performance.  

    Quarterly performance
    The company’s more »

  • Activision’s Innovation Should Lead to Continued Success

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) doesn’t just throw titles out there. Rather, it focuses on quality and builds franchises. These franchises lead to recurring revenue. Activision management clearly knows what it’s doing. The big question now is if the company will be capable of growth in a changing industry.

    Revenue generation

    Activision is best known for its online role-playing game, World of Warcraft. But it also owns other popular franchises more »

  • Apple Maintains Its Edge Over Android with Plants vs Zombies 2

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EA, GOOG

    Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) has finally released the long-awaited sequel to the indie smash hit, Plants vs Zombies.

    The sequel, Plants vs Zombies 2, was released on Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL)  iOS last week, and already, it has risen to become the top free app in the store, beating out Candy Crush.

    With the sequel, EA has embraced a free-to-play model, and this decision could reap rewards for the struggling more »

  • Is Everquest Next Sony's New Billion Dollar Baby?

    By Jason Gallagher - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE

    Sony's (NYSE: SNE) reveal of EverQuest Next earlier this month has gamers talking. The upcoming MMO title will attempt to successfully execute multiple high-end concepts that have long been seen as "holy grails" by game developers within the genre.

    In addition, the company is launching an entirely separate game called EverQuest Next Landmark that will let players actually help with the development process of the main game. Players will more »

  • Activion Blizzard In Good Position to Navigate Changing Industry

    By Keith Noonan - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTDOY.PK

    Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is one of the largest publishers in the videogame industry. The company has established itself as one of the most powerful entities in gaming and one with the ability to shape the direction of the industry.

    Activision is the publisher of the hugely popular “Call of Duty” franchise which rose to blockbuster status during the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Wii generation and has an impressive array of more »

  • Use This Opportunity to Make a Terrific Addition to Your Portfolio

    By Harsh Chauhan - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: EA, GA, QIHU

    Chinese online gaming company Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) has turned in a good performance so far this year, with shares up around 45%. However, there have been occasional hiccups on the way, with the latest one coming after the company disappointed analysts with its outlook and crashed 9%.

    However, a company that’s plying its trade in an industry that’s expected to grow at a decent clip of almost more »

  • Why You Should Buy Activision Blizzard Soon

    By Bryan Wagman - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE, TTWO

    Activision Blizzard  (NASDAQ: ATVI), the company that is responsible for World of Warcraft, has been a leader in the video game industry for many years now. The massive company last reported a revenue of $4.98 billion for the trailing twelve months. The company has managed to consistently raise revenue and gross profit throughout the past ten years, as indicated by the chart below. 

    <img src="http://media.ycharts.com/charts/b5c816d45024f4a1dceb035c9add02ff.png" />

    ATVI Revenue Annual data by YCharts more »

  • Why the World of Warcraft Doomsayers Are Wrong

    By Jason Gallagher - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) announced in late July that its flagship MMO, World of Warcraft, had dropped another 600,000 players, bringing its current player base to 7.7 million. 

    To be fair, many industry watchers have been saying for months that World of Warcraft's subscription model is not sustainable in the new era of free-to-play games, and that the company is going to continue to experience a sharp more »

  • A Good Time for This Game Giant to Be Set Free

    By Reuben Brewer - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, VIVHY.PK

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) has agreed to pay Vivendi (NASDAQOTH: VIVHY.PK) $5.8 billion for its freedom. With a new game console cycle starting, that's good timing for Activision.

    In 2008, Vivendi merged its video game business with Activision in a transaction valued at about $9.8 billion. The move gave Vivendi control over the combined entity. At the time, it allowed the newly merged companies to leapfrog Electronic more »

  • EA Stock: Get in the Game

    By Marcus Tisdale - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    Forget Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA). (not hard to do after its dismal stock performance.) . EA, the company behind popular PC and console games aimed at a hardcore audience, like Madden and Mass Effect is actually faring much, much better. This is the hot gaming stock you'll want to  get into and ride out for the long term.

    It's Producing Consistent Hits

    The video game industry is a hit-based business more »

  • Why Sticking With the Leaders Is the Best Option in Gaming

    By Reuben Brewer - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has fallen hard since the fanfare of its IPO. After searching in different directions to find a workable business model, the company has decided to “get back to basics.” That may be a good choice, but investors should still stick with companies like Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI).

    Zynga was among the first casual game makers in the social space, spreading its wares more »

  • Can Zynga Bounce Back?

    By Ashit Gulati - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    With the rise in the number of internet users and advent of social media, there has been a phenomenal rise in the number of online gamers. NPD group’s report on online gaming indicates that 72% of the gamers in the U.S. are hooked to online games, reporting a 5% increase from 2012. The number of hours spent playing online games has gone up 6%.

    However, the leading social more »

  • Uncertainty Surrounds This Game Company

    By Timothy Green - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    This year is an exciting one for the world of video games. With Sony and Microsoft set to launch new consoles this holiday season, the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One respectively, there should be a much needed jolt provided to the gaming industry. One of the biggest game companies, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is in prime position to benefit from this new generation of gaming. But the company is more »

  • Multiplayer and Mobile Games to Dominate the Industry

    By Hussain Asghar - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    Video games have always been one of the top leisure time activities for people, and with the advent of smartphones and tablets, the time spent on these activities has increased significantly over the past few years. The videogame industry stood at an estimated $63 billion as per an international development group’s estimate. The industry is highly fragmented, with a few large players and a number of small players within more »

  • Is This Stock Worth a Gamble?

    By Ayush Singh - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: EA, GLUU, ZNGA

    If you spend a fair share of your time on social networking websites, you have got to be aware of Zygna (NASDAQ: ZNGA), the company which has developed some of the best and most addictive online games. Zygna sure does excite the populace with its addictive games, but it failed to excite its shareholders as the recent quarterly results confirmed that the company booked a dip in its margins.

    So more »

  • How Will New Independence Change its Fortunes?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE

    A long-awaited move by one of the world's most prominent video game makers is finally set to go down. According to a recent announcement, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) will spearhead an $8.2 billion buyback plan that will essentially neutralize the controlling stake that French conglomerate Vivendi currently owns. After years of being controlled by outside owners, Activision will have far more freedom of movement in its day-to-day operations more »

  • Gaming Industry Thrilling Investors

    By usman iftikhar - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, GAME

    The gaming industry is facing cutthroat competition more than ever due to the console transition and competition from smartphones and tablets. Sales in this industry have remained flat in the last few years. However, now the industry has started showing positive signs.

    According to Forbes, DFC intelligence reports have forecasted that the global market for video games will grow at a rate of 3.4% until 2017 and revenue will more »

  • It's Game On for These Companies

    By Jacob Norte - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: EA, MSFT, ZNGA

    As a college student, I have seen what video games can do to a person's sociability, and more importantly, GPA. I would be lying to you if I said I don't like a little Madden or Call of Duty action from time to time, as most males my age do. Buying a new game can be exhilarating: the unknown stories and conflicts you will undoubtedly guide your virtual more »

  • Sell This Game Maker, Buy These Two Instead

    By Chris Lau - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    A few quarters ago, I owned Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) shares, but sold them because it did not look like the market would ever appreciate its value. At the time, investors worried about the overhang of Vivendi owning a large percentage of the company. Today, Activision is now up 74% this year. Is it time to sell?

    The catalyst

    Vivendi said it would sell $5.8 billion worth of its Activision more »

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