2 Video Game Stocks to Buy and Hold

The demand for video games soared amid the pandemic as people spent most of their time at home. However, the gradual reopening of the economy and an ongoing semiconductor shortage have…

hampered the industry’s growth this year.

With video games becoming more immersive and advanced, thanks to continuing innovations in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), the industry is expected to continue growing in the post-pandemic environment. According to a techjury report, the video game industry is expected to reach $100.56 billion by 2024.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI – Get Rating) and Electronic Arts Inc. (EA – Get Rating) are well-positioned to capitalize on the industry tailwinds. So, we think it could be wise to buy and hold these stocks.

Click here to check out our Video Game Industry Report for 2021

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI – Get Rating)

ATVI in Santa Monica, Calif., together with its subsidiaries, develops and publishes interactive entertainment content and services worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Activision Publishing, Inc.; Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.; and King Digital Entertainment.

On September 23, 2021, Jen O’Neal, the co-leader of Blizzard Entertainment, said, “Diablo II: Resurrected will introduce one of our most beloved games to all-new audiences. It was an honor for Vicarious Visions to join Blizzard and form the team that brought this classic back to life. Everyone involved was driven by a commitment to do right by the players, and I’m hugely proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

ATVI’s total net revenues increased 18.8% year-over-year to $2.30 billion in the second quarter, ended June 30, 2021. Its operating income came in at $959 million, up 28% year-over-year. While its net income increased 51% year-over-year to $876 million, its EPS came in at $1.12, up 49.3% year-over-year.

Analysts expect ATVI’s revenue and EPS to increase 12.7% and 14.4%, respectively, year-over-year to $9.93 billion and $4.38 in its fiscal year 2022. In addition, it has surpassed the consensus EPS estimates in each of the trailing four quarters.

ATVI’s strong fundamentals are reflected in its POWR Ratings. The stock has an overall B rating, which indicates a Buy in our proprietary rating system. The POWR Ratings assess stocks by 118 distinct factors, each with its own weighting.

ATVI has a B grade for Value, Sentiment, and Quality. In the Entertainment – Toys & Video Games industry, it is ranked #8 of 24 stocks. Click here to see the additional POWR Ratings for Momentum, Growth, and Stability for ATVI.

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA – Get Rating)

A global leader in digital interactive entertainment, EA develops, markets, publishes and distributes games, content, and services for game consoles, PCs, mobile phones, and tablets worldwide. It has more than 450 million registered players around the world. EA is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif.

On August 4, 2021, Andrew Wilson, EACEO, said, “Our new launches, leading games, and live services all had an…


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