Last Updated on September 15, 2021 by Henry John
It is no surprise that when it comes to the automotive industry, EVs are the growth drivers. In January 2020, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) became more valuable than General Motors (NASDAQ: GM) and Ford (NYSE: F) combined.
What about the Entertainment Industry?
What do you think is the EV of the industry?
Movie? Or Music?
It may come as a surprise to you that the Video game market is bigger than the Movie and Music market combined, and this was pre-Covid. In fact, a 2021 Deloitte survey revealed that video games bring in 10x more revenue than films and 3x than music.
Gaming was deemed a niche market decades ago, however, it has grown to become a very big industry, one that is expected to generate $175.8 billion in 2021.
Recently, Netflix announced its expansion into video games, its first nonvideo-related venture. This is a clear statement that the streaming giant identified the industry as a major growth driver in the nearest future.
Videos games are a huge part of the gaming market but not the only part, there is also e-sports that is rising in popularity, all of which is causing the gaming industry to experience an accelerated growth globally.
According to Researchandmarkets.com, “the global gaming market is expected to grow in value to $287.1 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.24% during 2021-2026”.
In this uncertain market, growth investors should be looking to invest in long-term growth industries and the gaming industry (especially video games and e-sports) is one of them.
If you’re interested in investing in gaming stocks, here are 10 gaming stocks to consider:
1. Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA)
Zynga Inc. provides social game services in the United States and internationally.
The company develops, markets, and operates social games as live services played on mobile platforms, such as Apple iOS and Google’s Android operating systems; social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Snapchat; and personal computers consoles, such as Nintendo’s Switch game console, and other platforms and consoles.
It also provides advertising services comprising mobile advertisements, engagement advertisements and offers, and branded virtual items and sponsorships for marketers and advertisers; and licenses its own brands.
The company was formerly known as Zynga Game Network Inc. and changed its name to Zynga Inc. in November 2010. Zynga Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
2. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI)
Activision Blizzard, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops and publishes interactive entertainment content and services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific.
The company operates through three segments: Activision Publishing, Inc.; Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.; and King Digital Entertainment.
It develops and distributes content and services on video game consoles, personal computers, and mobile devices, including subscription, full-game, and in-game sales, as well as by licensing software to third-party or related-party companies that distribute Activision and Blizzard products.
The company also maintains a proprietary online gaming service, Battle.net that facilitates digital distribution of content, online social connectivity, and the creation of user-generated content.
In addition, it operates esports leagues and offer digital advertising content; and provides warehousing, logistics, and sales distribution services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software, as well as manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware products.
The company’s key product franchises include Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Candy Crush.
It serves retailers and distributors, including mass-market retailers, consumer electronics stores, discount warehouses, and game specialty stores through third-party distribution and licensing arrangements.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
3. Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA)
Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes games, content, and services for game consoles, PCs, mobile phones, and tablets worldwide.
It develops and publishes games and services across various genres, such as sports, racing, first-person shooter, action, role-playing, and simulation primarily under the Battlefield, The Sims, Apex Legends, Need for Speed, and Plants vs. Zombies brands; and license games from others, including FIFA, Madden NFL, UFC, NHL, Formula 1, and Star Wars brands.
The company also provides advertising services; and licenses its games to third parties to distribute and host its games.
It markets and sells its games and services through digital distribution and retail channels, as well as directly to mass market retailers, specialty stores, and distribution arrangements.
Electronic Arts Inc. was incorporated in 1982 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
4. Roblox (NYSE: RBLX)
Roblox Corporation develops and operates an online entertainment platform. It offers Roblox Client, an application that allows users to explore 3D digital worlds; and Roblox Studio, a toolset that allows developers and creators to build, publish, and operate 3D experiences and other content.
The company also provides Roblox Cloud, a solution that provides services and infrastructure to power the human co-experience platform.
It serves customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and internationally.
Roblox Corporation was incorporated in 2004 and is based in San Mateo, California.
5. Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ)
Skillz Inc. operates a mobile games platform that connects players worldwide. Its platform hosts casual esports tournaments.
The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
6. Ubisoft Entertainment (OTC: UBSFY)
Ubisoft Entertainment SA produce, publishes, and distributes video games for consoles, PC, smartphones, and tablets in both physical and digital formats worldwide.
The company designs and develops software, including scenarios, animation, gameplay, layouts, and game rules, as well as develops design tools and game engines.
It is also involved in the development in the area of online and mobile gaming; and film business.
The company distributes Ubisoft products to retailers and independent wholesalers.
Ubisoft Entertainment SA has a strategic partnership with Tencent and Playcrab; and collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games.
The company was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Saint-Mande, France.
7. Take-Two Interative (NASDAQ: TTWO)
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment solutions for consumers worldwide.
The company offers its products under the Rockstar Games, 2K, Private Division, Social Point, and Playdots labels.
It develops and publishes action/adventure products under the Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Red Dead Redemption names; and offers episodes and content.
The company also develops brands in other genres, including the LA Noire, Bully, and Manhunt franchises.
In addition, the company publishes various entertainment properties across various platforms and a range of genres, such as shooter, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, and family/casual entertainment under the BioShock, Mafia, Sid Meier’s Civilization, XCOM series, and Borderlands.
Further, it publishes sports simulation titles comprising NBA 2K series, a basketball video game; the WWE 2K professional wrestling series; and PGA TOUR 2K.
It also offers Kerbal Space Program, and The Outer Worlds and Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey under Private Division.
Additionally, the company offers free-to-play mobile games, such as Dragon City and Monster Legends, as well as Two Dots mobile game. Its products are designed for console gaming systems, including PlayStation 4; Xbox One; the Nintendo Switch; and personal computers comprising smartphones and tablets.
The company provides its products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. was incorporated in 1993 and is based in New York, New York.
8. Capcom (OTC: CCOEF)
Capcom Co., Ltd. plans, develops, manufactures, sells, and distributes home video games, online games, mobile games, and arcade games in Japan and internationally.
It operates through Digital Contents, Arcade Operations, Amusement Equipments, and Other Businesses segments.
- The Digital Contents segment develops and sells packaged and digital game content for consumer home video game platforms, as well as mobile content and PC online games.
- The Arcade Operations segment operates Plaza Capcom amusement facilities primarily in commercial complexes, as well as hosts various events.
- The Amusement Equipments segment is involved in the development, manufacture, and sale of frames and LCD devices for gaming machines, as well as software.
- The Other Businesses segment publishes walkthrough and strategy guides, as well as game art books; licenses movies, animated television programs, music CDs and merchandise.
Capcom Co., Ltd. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.
9. Enthusiast Gaming Holdings (NASDAQ: EGLX)
Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. engages in the media, content, entertainment, and esports businesses the United States, Canada, and internationally.
The company operates an online network of approximately 100 gaming related websites; owns and operates Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, a video-gaming expo; provides management and support services to players involved in professional gaming; and owns and manages esports teams, which cover games comprising Call of Duty, Madden, Fortnite, Overwatch, Apex, and Valorant; and produces and programs approximately 30 weekly shows across AVOD and OTT channels, and represents approximately 500 gaming influencers across YouTube and Twitch.
It also operates Luminosity Gaming, an eSports franchise; and hosts other gaming events.
The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
10. Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY)
Nintendo Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and distributes electronic entertainment products in Japan, the Americas, Europe, and internationally.
It offers video game platforms, playing cards, Karuta, and other products; and handheld and home console hardware systems and related software.
The company was formerly known as Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Nintendo Co., Ltd. in 1963.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.