Best Video Game Stocks

Check out the biggest Electronic Gaming and Multimedia stocks of the day.

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Contributor, Benzinga
April 15, 2024

HUYA (NYSE:HUYA)

HUYA Inc operates a game live streaming platform in China. It is principally engaged in operating its own live-streaming platforms, which enable broadcasters and viewers to interact with each other during live streaming. The company generates the majority of its revenue from sales of virtual items in live streaming platforms as well as other services, which substantially consist of advertising and online game-related services.

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Vol / Avg.4.101K / 1.554MMkt Cap1.084B
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Nintendo Co (OTCPK:NTDOY)

The Nintendo Corporation is a Japanese consumer electronics corporation and video game development company. Nintendo has created some of the best-selling games in video gaming history, including the Super Mario Brothers and Legend of Zelda franchises.

Nintendo’s recent releases have been a smash success as well. The company’s hardware sales have expanded by 68% in March 2020, as gamers take a closer look at the Nintendo Switch console. Nintendo’s most recent AAA game release, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is also a runaway success, selling over 1.88 million copies in its first 3 days on the market. With hit after hit, Nintendo is a solid choice to add to any portfolio.

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Vol / Avg.42.120K / 854.336KMkt Cap58.561B
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Activision Blizzard, Inc. Com (NASDAQ:ATVI)

Activision Blizzard was formed in 2008 by the merger of Activision, one of the largest console video game publishers, and Blizzard, one of largest PC video game publishers. The combined firm remains one of the world’s largest video game publishers. Activision’s impressive franchise portfolio includes World of Warcraft, which boasts more than $8 billion of lifetime sales, and Call of Duty, which has sold over 175 million copies across 14 titles over 12 years.

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Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO)

Founded in 1993, Take-Two consists of two wholly owned labels, Rockstar Games and 2K. The firm is one of the world’s largest independent video game publishers on consoles, PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Take-Two’s franchise portfolio is headlined by “Grand Theft Auto” (345 million units sold) and contains other well-known titles such as “NBA 2K,” “Civilization,” “Borderlands,” “Bioshock,” and “Xcom.”.

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Vol / Avg.602.000 / 1.732MMkt Cap26.090B
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Capcom (OTCPK:CCOEF)

Capcom Co Ltd is a Japanese company that produces and sells videogame software, online games, mobile games, and operates amusement facilities. The company has operations in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia, and emerging markets. The majority of its revenue is split fairly evenly between Japan, Asia, North America, and Europe. Capcom’s segments include Digital Contents, which sells mobile and PC games; Arcade Operations, which operates Plaza Capcom amusement facilities; Amusement Equipment, which sells frames and LCD devices for gaming machines and software; and Other Businesses. The company derives the vast majority of its revenue from its Digital Contents segment. Some of the firm’s notable games include Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Monster Hunter, and Mega Man.

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Sony Group (NYSE:SONY)

Sony Group Corporation designs, develops, produces and sells electronic equipment, instruments and devices for the consumer, professional and industrial markets in Japan, the United States, Europe, China, the Asia-Pacific and globally, distributing software titles and add-on content through digital networks that involve gaming, video and music content, along with a host of consumer electronics devices.

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The novel COVID-19 virus has changed the way we do just about everything, from getting groceries to telecommuting to work. While many industries have seen a drastic decline in average stock prices amid lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, one industry is thriving: the video gaming world. With more time spent indoors and gaming technology advancing at a faster rate than ever before, video game stocks are on the rise and popular with investors.

Quick Look at the Best Video Game Stocks:

  • Hoya, Inc.
  • The Nintendo Corporation
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Take-Two
  • Capcom Co Ltd
  • Sony Group Corporation

Overview

A video game is an interactive game that you can play on a console, PC, mobile phone or using a virtual reality headset. The first video game made was an interactive, simple tennis game, similar to the classic 1970s video game Pong, with the objective of keeping a virtual ball bouncing between two competing targets. 

In this early version, players twisted a knob to adjust the angle of a ball and press a button to hit the ball toward the other player. Pong was developed in October 1958 by physicist William Higinbotham, and quickly grew to be a hit with both players and observers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory open house.

Today’s video games are much more complex and immersive, with branching storylines, HD graphics and distinct control systems. Video games are often produced by major tech corporations that issue stock, but many video games are also produced by independent development teams and released to online PC gaming marketplaces like Steam or GOG.com.

The most complex video games are referred to as “AAA games,” an informal classification that indicates that a game was produced by a major publisher. AAA usually have high marketing and development budgets and are similar to films produced by major Hollywood studios like Disney or Universal Pictures. 

AAA games might attract gamers with movie-like storylines, high quality rendering, expansion packs and more. Because of this, AAA games are usually expected to sell more copies and produce more profit than games released by smaller studios.

Some of the most popular video games released in recent history include:

  • Fortnite (Epic Games, multiplatform, 2017): A Battle Royale multiplayer game, Fortnite players face off against 100 other players across the world and fight until one remains.
  • Minecraft (Mojang, multiplatform, 2011): An open-world sandbox multiplayer game where players design buildings, craft tools and structures, fight computer-controlled “mobs” and share their creations with friends.
  • World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment, Mac and PC, 2004): A massive multiplayer, role-playing game (MMORPG) in which players assume the role of a fantasy creature and complete quests with other players to level up and unlock new storylines. 
  • Roblox (NYSE: RBLX): Is a massive gaming platform and a publicly-traded corporation that appeals to both kids and adults.

Best Online Brokers for Video Game Stocks

No matter if you’re shopping for video game stocks that you plan to keep in your portfolio for decades or you’re simply looking for hot stocks under $5, you’ll need a brokerage account. A brokerage account allows you to buy and sell stocks with the assistance of a broker, as traders cannot purchase stock directly.

Don’t have a brokerage account? Consider a few of our favorites below as you aim to access the gaming industry, investing in video game companies, gaming gear, your favorite video game franchises and more.

Features to Look for in a Video Game Stock

Not every video game company is equally as successful or profitable. Before you invest in a video game stock, look for these features.

  • A positive earnings per share value: A stock’s earnings per share (EPS) value is calculated by dividing a company’s net income minus dividends by its total number of outstanding shares. A positive EPS value indicates that a company is currently profitable, while a negative value may indicate that its spending more money than it is bringing in through sales. You want to see potential for revenue growth, a rising market cap, a higher share price and a gaming experience that attracts the attention of the public.
  • Investment in technology: Video game tech is expanding and advancing faster than ever before. As gamers’ expectations for game graphics and features rise, corporations producing video games should be heavily invested in cutting-edge tech. From 5G to new consoles to artificial and virtual reality, check how a corporation is using new tech in its game development to keep gamers engaged.
  • Production of AAA games: Though AAA isn’t a formal video game classification, be sure to research game marketing and development before you invest. Investing in companies producing AAA games is recommended, as these games usually have much wider distribution than smaller productions. Popular studios in this arena include Electronic Arts, Zynga, Tencent, Ubisoft Entertainment and Rockstar.

Powering Up Your Portfolio With Gaming Stocks

Video game immersion is now more important than ever before — and more and more video game developers are investing in creating new technology to keep up.

If you decide to purchase video game stocks, remember to diversify your portfolio by investing in a variety of hardware production companies, gaming keyboards, gaming headsets, gaming laptops, gaming mice and other gear. Plus, game development studios and mobile companies can also help limit your risk. 

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What is gaming stock?

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Gaming stock is shares in companies that manufacture gaming equipment and games.

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Should I diversify my gaming stocks?

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Yes, to reduce risk, you should diversify your gaming stocks.

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What is the best gaming stock?

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For a list of Benzinga’s recommended gaming stocks, see the list above.

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