The Best Stocks for Gamers

When video games started getting big in the 80’s, the market for virtual entertainment was filled with people who love to smash buttons. Now, the gaming industry has become part of daily life, played on different platforms from desktop computers to consoles to mobile devices.

What makes the industry so profitable? For one, video games are no longer just for kids. The average age of a gamer is 31, meaning adults with expendable cash are powering up the business. These days, the cash billows as companies create in-game purchases and increasingly rich and realistic gameplay. Grab a piece of your favorite gaming company by investing in their stock.

Amazon (Twitch)

Wait a minute. Why is Amazon on the list of gaming stocks? In 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, which is now considered the live-streaming platform for gamers, and the gaming community hails Twitch as the “ESPN of Esports.” After the acquisition, Twitch began to offer Amazon Prime services where players can fill their shopping carts with all their gaming fantasies.

With the Amazon and Twitch combination, gaming companies can easily find a market for selling games and accessories, as many influential players use Twitch to reach their followers.

Amazon, Inc. is an American internet retailer based in Seattle, Washington. It is currently the most significant door-to-door retail service in the Western Hemisphere, and second only to Alibaba on the world stage. Most of the shares of Amazon are owned by Jeff Bezos, who is currently the richest man in the United States. With this much cash bouncing around, the Twitch and Amazon combo make a pretty a good team.

Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard is the largest interactive entertainment corporation in the Americas and Europe.

The gaming firm may appeal most to the male-dominated PC gamers. Diablo, StarCraft, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Call of Duty and Overwatch are all on their roster. However, it also caters to the female audience with beloved mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga. With the company having established a firm ground in the desktop platform and mobile arena, Activision Blizzard could be a great way to up your stock portfolio.

Sony – PlayStation

In the gaming sector, Sony’s most well-known product is the PlayStation. The console dates all the way back to 1991 when Sony attempted to build a CD-based video game system with Nintendo. The business relationship when sour, however, and Sony quickly shifted focus to making their consoles. In 1994, the first PlayStation was born.

In 2004, Sony introduced a portable version of PlayStation (PSP). The PSP aimed to get a slice of the market share from their rival Nintendo in the mobile gaming sector. Although the PlayStation 3 may have struggled in the market after the advent of archenemies Xbox and Wii, Sony never lets up it’s on the innovative spirit. They have recently made groundbreaking innovations in virtual reality through developing Project Morpheus (now PlayStation VR) available for PS4.

Nintendo

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational video game company established in Kyoto. It started as a card company in 1889, giving Nintendo immense staying power as a brand name. Ninety years later, Nintendo enjoys vast success in the video game business with franchises such as Mario, Pokemon, and The Legend of Zelda.

More than a champion in the console platform, Nintendo has recently invaded the mobile gaming industry with Pokemon Go. In partnership with the augmented reality app developer, Niantic, it has induced a considerable boost of Nintendo’s stock. The hype of Pokemon Go may have gradually decreased a few months after release, but old players are returning to the game now with the reintroduction of essential features like trading. Also, Nintendo holds some aces up their sleeves such as the Nintendo Switch and new ventures in the animated movie industry.

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Tencent Holding Ltd. is a Chinese multinational conglomerate of internet-based products and services, AI, and technology based in Shenzhen, China. In 2017, it surpassed Facebook’s market value. Now, it is considered one of the leading social media entities in the world. One of Tencent’s main super-apps is WeChat which is used by over 1 billion daily active users.

Unbeknownst to many people, Tencent Holds many prominent video games on different platforms. In the E-sport category, Tencent owns League of Legends which offers higher tournament prizes than DOTA 2. In the mobile game platform, Tencent acquired Finnish app developer Supercell, which means it has control over favorite games such as Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, Clash Royale, and Hay Day. Tencent also created many favorite console staples like Need for Speed, NBA 2k, and Monster Hunter.

Together with the assets from other sectors, Tencent is 2nd to the Alibaba group in stock value and consistently ranks in the top 5 highest global brand value, as of 2018.

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/meghan Gardler