New DFC Game Industry Forecasts Are Looking Bullish

New DFC Game Industry Forecasts Are Looking Bullish

The fourth calendar quarter of the video game industry has always been about big product releases. However, as the final results from 2022 are being released through the month of February, it continues to become clear that new hit titles are only one portion of what has become a massive business. Going forward, DFC Intelligence is redefining its forecast to closely align with tracking the live services segment. The good news is the video game in.....
Do CMA Findings Jeopardize Microsoft Activision Blizzard Deal?

Do CMA Findings Jeopardize Microsoft Activision Blizzard Deal?

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its latest findings in its ongoing inquiry into the Activision Blizzard merger.  These provisional findings are part of the ongoing Phase 2 investigation that started last September and is scheduled to be completed by April 26, 2023. The 275-page document concludes with two major issues: The full report is available .....
Take-Two Sees Soaring Revenue and Bookings

Take-Two Sees Soaring Revenue and Bookings

Compared to the previous year period, Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) saw revenue grow 56% in its third fiscal quarter ending 12/31/22.  Bookings for the quarter grew 60% over the previous year to $1.38 billion.  However, the company also reported a net loss for the quarter of $153 million versus net income of $145 million in the third quarter ending 12/31/21. Analysis Making a year-over-year comparison for Take-Two results is difficult a.....
Nintendo Lowers Switch Forecast Again

Nintendo Lowers Switch Forecast Again

For the third fiscal quarter ending 12/31/22, Nintendo announced revenue declined 8% to ¥638,204.  Switch unit sales declined 23% in Q3 to 8.2 million.  For the full fiscal year ending 3/31/23, Nintendo lowered its forecast for Switch hardware units to 18 million. Software sales for Nintendo were only down 3% in the third quarter.  However digital software sales were up 10% and downloads of packaged software was up 28% compared with the previous year quarter.  Pokemon Scar.....
Video Game Stock Index Up 12% in January

Video Game Stock Index Up 12% in January

The DFC Intelligence Video Game Stock Index and Video Game Stock Portfolio were launched on January 3, 2023.  In its first month companies in the index reported an average 12% gain.  The largest gain was among the larger conglomerate companies that ironically announced some significant recent layoffs. Meta was the best performer, showing a 51% increase for the month, much of it in the past few days, after reporting four.....
Video Game Companies Outperform Market in 2022

Video Game Companies Outperform Market in 2022

At the start of 2023, the DFC Intelligence Video Game Stock Index was launched.  The goal is to track how well the video game industry is doing in comparison to other industries.  In analyzing the first year of data, video game stocks actually did not do as bad as overall tech stocks and stocks of larger conglomerates. Pure-Play Video Game Companies Outperform.....
Does Nintendo Have the Best Online Subscription Service?

Does Nintendo Have the Best Online Subscription Service?

A great deal of attention has been focused on Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription service.  However, the recent Microsoft quarterly earnings show that the service does not appear to be doing much for Microsoft’s bottom line.  Revenue from both Xbox hardware and content and services declined during the holiday 2022 season.  This begs the question, does Microsoft’s game business model make sense.....
Corsair Looking to Have Strong 2023

Corsair Looking to Have Strong 2023

Like many companies in the hardware sector, Corsair Gaming (NASDAQ: CRSR) had a tough 2022.  From January 2022 to January 2023, Corsair stock was down 37% as revenue declined significantly. There were many issues facing Corsair in the past year.  This included high prices/GPU shortages slowing new PC builds, as well as economic conditions in Europe.  However, the U.S. showed signs of making a comeback and a new genera.....