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January 31, 2013
12:19 EDTTTWO, GMETake-Two slumps after delaying release of Grand Theft Auto V
Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO) is tumbling after the video game maker announced that its Grand Theft Auto V video game would not be available to consumers until September 17. The game was originally supposed to be launched in Spring 2013. The company said it decided to delay the release in order to develop the game further. In a note to investors earlier today, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson wrote that the delay should not have "an overly material impact on demand" for the game. No other major games are slated to be released in September, so Grand Theft Auto will have little or no direct competition during the month of its launch, according to Olson. Furthermore, the back to school shopping period should increase the buzz around Grand Theft Auto, the analyst wrote. The September launch also leaves the game better positioned to benefit from holiday sales, added Olson, who recommended that investors buy the stock on weakness today. In early afternoon trading, Take-Two sank 98c, or 7.50%, to $12.08. Meanwhile, video game retailer GameStop (GME) fell 78c, or 3.30%, to $22.86.
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October 5, 2015
19:16 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with SunTrust
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09:39 EDTTTWOeSports seen as next big growth opportunity in media
Competitive video game playing in organized leagues, or eSports, is on the verge of reaching mainstream adoption and moving from an engagement tool to a monetization opportunity for video game makers, according to Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who calls the trend the "biggest media and sports growth opportunity you've never heard of." NEXT BIG THING: eSports could have 200M active and engaged participants as early as next year and can grow from about $200M this year to $1B in revenues by 2018, Sebastian tells investors this morning in a research note. Game publishers such as Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) are "natural beneficiaries," according to Sebastian, who believes that eSports has the potential to drive earnings growth and multiple expansion for the sector. eSports is still mainly a tool to help engage and keep core gamers, but Sebastian expects this to change quickly as game makers focus on incremental revenue opportunities and increasing average revenue per user. The analyst also sees "significant opportunities" from eSports for online streaming platforms, like Amazon's (AMZN) Twitch and Google's (GOOG) newer platform, as well as for Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and PC and component makers. ANOTHER eSPORTS BULL: Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis previously told investors that he believes the surging popularity of competitive video gaming on a global basis will benefit game publishers as well as hardware companies like NVIDIA (NVDA). In a note to investors last month, the analyst said that Activision Blizzard had five of the top fifteen most popular games on Twitch in July, and contended that the company looks best positioned among game makers to benefit from the eSports opportunity. On the date of his eSports note, Lipacis upgraded NVIDIA to Buy from Hold, saying secular growth in gaming will trump PC weakness. The company's Gaming Graphics Processing Unit is "under the radar" and has grown 23% annually over the past three years, noted Lipacis, who raised his price target for shares to $30 from $23. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Activision Blizzard rose 1.4% to $31.90, Electronic Arts gained 1.04% to $67.18 and Take-Two Interactive advanced 0.85% to $29.64.
08:00 EDTTTWOeSports should drive higher valuations for game makers, says Baird
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September 29, 2015
09:30 EDTGMEGameStop says plans to hire over 28,000 seasonal associates nationwide
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