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The Gaming Week - 15 Sept 2017

Sep. 15, 2017 9:23 AM ET
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Software, Long/Short Equity

Seeking Alpha Analyst Since 2013

20 year veteran of video games industry, past decade focused on mobile games, past 5 years on F2P mobile games. My investing style is long (& longterm) and is oriented towards analysis of current product and industry trends. 


  • GameStop positions itself for iPhone 8/X trade-ins
  • Nintendo Switch gains some surprising new adult titles
  • The Overwatch League adds 2 new US franchises
  • But Blizzard asks Overwatch players to be less 'toxic'

Out this week: NBA Live 18 (EA), NHL 18 (EA)

Out next week: NBA 2K18 (Take-Two)

Welcome to our roundup of games news as it relates to publicly-owned companies such as Activision Blizzard, EA, Glu Mobile, Take-Two, Zynga and more.

As we enter the key fall release schedule, the critical and commercial reaction to 2017’s blockbuster games starts to dominate the news. On that basis, Activision Blizzard’s Destiny 2 seems to have been a success, although we still await hard sales data.

Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone X announcements didn’t feature heavily in terms of game content, although GameStop was quick to position its AT&T authorized Spring Mobile stores as the place to trade-in your old phone.

Finally, publishers reacted to the success of Nintendo’s Switch console announcing some surprising new titles for the platform including gory shooters such as Doom.

As an aside, I pondered Angry Birds developer Rovio’s forthcoming IPO, although this is only available to private investors in Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

Activision Blizzard (ATVI)

 EA (EA)

Gamestop (GME)

Glu Mobile (GLUU


Take-Two (TTWO)


  • Honor of Kings - a version of the top grossing Chinese game will be released for Nintendo’s Switch console under the title Arena of Valor

 Zynga (ZNGA)


  • Rovio - Angry Birds developer prices itself at around $1 billion as it announces the price range of its 3 October IPO on the NASDAQ Helsinki exchange.

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