ATVI - Activision Blizzard, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
45.92
+0.35 (+0.77%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close45.57
Open45.82
Bid0.00 x 4000
Ask0.00 x 1000
Day's Range45.29 - 45.93
52 Week Range39.85 - 84.68
Volume3,478,930
Avg. Volume7,126,474
Market Cap35.175B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.94
PE Ratio (TTM)20.14
EPS (TTM)2.28
Earnings DateAug 8, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.37 (0.81%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-03-27
1y Target Est52.72
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The advent of downloaded games has proven to be a mixed blessing for EA stock as well as rivals like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Take-Two (NASDAQ:TTWO). By selling directly to consumers, publishers can bypass middlemen like GameStop (NYSE:GME) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), retaining more profits for themselves.The very same high-speed internet connections and consoles with hard drives, though, facilitated the creation of game repositories like Steam. These technologies also sparked the rise of a countless number of indie game developers.And as it turns out, some of those independently developed games - including Fortnite -- are pretty good.Electronic Arts answered, launching EA Access in 2014, followed by a more robust subscription service called Origin Access.And with last year's release of "Project Atlas," EA hopes to set a framework for future relevancy in the gaming business. Uncanny InsightThe game-streaming and subscription business is far from fully gelled. Electronic Arts stock may have potential competition from Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) entering the fray. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is already there.However, EA is in a unique position, having learned from past failures (and successes) within the subscription business. Keep in mind they don't have a console system to lean on.EA's subscription chief, Senior Vice President Mike Blank, has demonstrated some important even if subtle savvy on this front. Last month, Blanked stated, "We need to be where the players are and not every player is going to be on every service or device, just like not every viewer is on Netflix."It's a seemingly obvious statement, but it's a realization rivals don't seem to have fully embraced.Blank further recognized that "We're evolving from a publisher of games to a connector."In other words, just because they build it doesn't mean players will come.EA has yet to fully decide if it will cultivate its own streaming/subscription service (more than it already has). A meaningless "maybe" is all Blank is willing to offer at this point. That leaves investors and gamers alike wondering exactly how monetization will occur with Project Atlas going forward.Electronic Arts knows, however, that it also needs to rethink more than just delivery. Its portfolio of games, while respectable, is aging with little innovation. A Rethink for Gaming RelevancyA subscription-based model will dramatically help on that front by supplying a steady revenue stream rather than forcing the development of nothing but blockbuster titles that sell tens of millions of copies.Blank goes on to say "The value of a subscription is ultimately, from a business standpoint, how much do players engage with the subscription. If you can provide them with new and different experiences they might stay for longer. I think we will build new and different games that will fit within the subscription itself."It wasn't a direct allusion to more indie and indie-like games. But it's noteworthy that Electronic Arts has stepped up its efforts -- in a big way -- to work with independent game developers. 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