68.96 -0.47 (-0.68%)
After hours: 7:31PM EDT
Price Crosses Moving Average
|Bid||69.43 x 2200|
|Ask||69.42 x 1100|
|Day's Range||67.40 - 69.59|
|52 Week Range||44.06 - 75.97|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.83|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||32.91|
|Earnings Date||Aug 06, 2020 - Aug 10, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.41 (0.59%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Apr 14, 2020|
|1y Target Est||78.55|
Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) has been responsive to the protests occurring nationwide. Seasonal content for "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," "Call of Duty: Warzone," and "Call of Duty: Mobile" have all been delayed, with the company stating that "now is not the time" to focus on new releases.In a move to provide more outspoken support of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, the company has replaced its loading screens in "Modern Warfare" and "Warzone" with a message of support.The black screen, titled "Black Lives Matter," reads:> "Our community is hurting. The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage. 'Call of Duty' and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community endures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be."In addition to joining other companies such as Sony Interactive Entertainment (NYSE: SNE) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) in speaking out against police brutality and racism, Activision is also making internal changes in-game. The company has committed to eradicating racist user content from its games by focusing on moderation and developing new tools that will allow players to report inappropriate content.See more from Benzinga * Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick's Pay 'Problematic,' Say Activist Shareholders * Damon 'Karma' Barlow, 3-Time Champion, Retires From 'Call Of Duty'(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
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Activision Blizzard's (NASDAQ: ATVI) long-term franchises have made it tops in the video game industry, eclipsing its peers Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive in market cap. Evolving platforms and emerging game companies abroad have spawned new competition, forcing Activision investors to assess where they think the company can go over the next five years. Former game developers from Atari founded Activision Publishing in 1979.
CtW Investment Group wants shareholders to vote against the "Say-on-Pay" proposal at its June 11 shareholder meeting.
Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) has come under fire from shareholders who are arguing that CEO Bobby Kotick's pay is too high.Activist shareholders have recommended a vote to deny the management pay package on June 11, according to SEC filings.The recommendation was supported by the CtW Investment Group, which said Kotick is earning much more than other CEOs in the same industry. Reports reveal that Kotick makes around $30 million per year, with an additional $20 million in stock equity options. The shareholder group said the high pay is "problematic."Activsion CEO Pay 'Of Special Concern' After Layoffs, Says Activist Investor "Despite repeated low approval votes from shareholders, Activision Blizzard maintains multiple, overlapping opportunities for its CEO to earn outsize equity awards, even when performance-related vesting thresholds have not been met," CtW Investment Group's statement said. "Despite failing to disclose pertinent information on performance targets for its Short Term Incentive Plan, Activision Blizzard's proxy statement reveals significant human capital management challenges."Kotick has made $96 million from stock equity options in the last four years, CtW Investment Group Director Dieter Waizenegger said in a statement. "In just 2019, he received over $28 million in combined equity, primarily consisting of options (over $20 million) that are substantially 'in the money.' While equity grants that exceed the total pay of peer companies would be objectionable in most circumstances, it is of special concern in this case because Activision Blizzard employees face job insecurity following layoffs of 800 employees in 2019, and typically earn less than 1/3 of 1% of the CEO's earnings, with some employees, such as Junior Developers, making less than $40,000 a year while living in high-cost areas such as southern California."Kotick Took Activision From $10M To $53B Market Cap, Company Says Activision Blizzard has spoken out in support of the CEO's compensation."During Mr. Kotick's tenure -- which is the longest of any CEO of a public technology company --Activision Blizzard's market capitalization has increased from less than $10 million to over $53 billion dollars," a spokesperson told Gamespot. "In the last five years, Activision Blizzard's share price has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 120% and over the past 20 years, under Mr. Kotick's leadership, Activision Blizzard's share price has outperformed the S&P 500 by over 11,000%. Over 90% of Mr. Kotick's proxy reported compensation is performance-based, and he has delivered exceptional value for Activision Blizzard's stockholders. Our equity dilution rates remain among the lowest of our peer group."See more from Benzinga * Damon 'Karma' Barlow, 3-Time Champion, Retires From 'Call Of Duty' * Video Game Companies Announce Delays, Pledge Support Of Protests * Fandom, America's Navy Partner For Warzone Tournament To Celebrate National Military Appreciation Month(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
Damon "Karma" Barlow, one of the greatest competitors in "Call of Duty" history, announced his retirement Wednesday. Karma is the only player to have won three "Call of Duty" championships, two of which were back-to-back."I would like to thank everyone that helped me on my journey. First and foremost to my wife Holly and my daughter Bella who motivate and inspire me every day," Karma stated through Seattle Surge's Twitter."To my teammates throughout the years including my teammates on the Seattle Surge. To all the fans that have followed me throughout my entire career from my three championship seasons through to today with those in the city of Seattle I'd like to say thank you for your support as I enter the next chapter in my life. I wish the best to the Surge organization and thank them for their understanding and guidance through this tough decision."Recent StrugglesKarma's most recent team, the Seattle Surge, has faced continuous struggles in the league. Currently, the team sits at 11th place at 40 CDL points, just above the Los Angeles Guerrillas. This is an odd sight for the champion, who found success in three of the largest dynasties in "Call of Duty" history. However, for Karma, his decision to leave was something he said he "needed to do a while ago."Activision Blizzard's (NASDAQ: ATVI) "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" has received waves of criticism from Call of Duty League fans and professional players, and many have struggled through the season's progression. Seth "Scump" Abner of the Chicago Huntsmen called the game "trash" and claimed only "Warzone" saved it.For Karma, he said the game "wasn't really catered" to him: "Didn't enjoy running around with an mp5 and just had zero desire to get on and play the game. I was pretty bad, to be honest, and I think [Seattle Surge] could do better without me."'Will Not Be Back'Many people, including New York Subliners player Doug "Censor" Martin, expressed hopes that Karma would return for the next installation in the "Call of Duty" franchise. However, he shot the idea down."I will not be back. I think I can play new CoDs for about a month before I get over playing the game," he continued on Twitter. "I pray for you all stuck in this nightmare until the new one. Played since 'Call of Duty 3' (2006), never seen anything like it! It was my choice this time and I'm happy with it."See more from Benzinga * Video Game Companies Announce Delays, Pledge Support Of Protests * Fandom, America's Navy Partner For Warzone Tournament To Celebrate National Military Appreciation Month * Call Of Duty League Partners With TeamSpeak In Multi-Year Deal(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting work-from-home trend have accelerated the growth of the video game industry in the last few months. Companies are seeing more players join the gaming fold, and with advancements in graphics technology on the horizon with the new consoles coming this fall from Sony and Microsoft, now is a good time to consider adding a few top video game stocks to your nest egg. CEO Bobby Kotick has guided Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) to market-beating returns since taking over in the early 1990s.
Investors are trying to find lingering pockets of value in the S&P; 500\. But that doesn't mean they must give up on growth.
As protests continue after the death of George Floyd, many planned events in the video game community have been postponed as a stand in solidarity.While the choice to delay has been received with mixed opinions, it's a positive movement to help ignite change.PlayStation 5's 'The Future of Gaming' PostponedSony Corp (NYSE: SNE) is one of the major companies to announce delays. "The Future of Gaming," planned for June 4, was the first event to offer details of the PlayStation 5 since the companies Deep Dive presentation. "While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration, and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard," Sony stated on the PlayStation Blog.So far, Sony has only revealed the DualSense controller and covered the specifications of the new console. The postponed event had plans to showcase the lineup of games that can be played after the PS5's launch this holiday season.'Call of Duty' Sees DelaysActivision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) also announced delays. New seasonal content for "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," "Call of Duty: Warzone," and "Call of Duty: Mobile" have all been postponed.The company announced the delays on Twitter, stating: "While we all look forward to playing the new seasons of 'Modern Warfare,' 'Warzone,' and 'Call of Duty: Mobile,' now is not the time. We are moving the launches of 'Modern Warfare' Season 4 and 'Call of Duty: Mobile' Season 7 to later dates. right now it's time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard. We stand alongside you."EA Games Delays 'Madden' First LookElectronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) also announced the postponement of "Madden NFL 21's" first look.Just as Sony and Activision did, EA Sports took to Twitter to speak about the delay: "We had committed to celebrating 'Madden NFL 21' with you, but we're not going to do that now. We stand with our African American/Black community of friends, players, colleagues and partners. Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world. We'll find another time to talk football with you. Because this is bigger than a game, bigger than sports, and needs all of us to stand together and commit to change."EA also contributed million to the Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP Legal Defense Fun. In addition, it's also matching employee donations made. EA employees are also receiving additional paid days off for volunteering.'Cyberpunk 2077's' Night City Wire PostponedCD Projekt Red announced a delay to its "Cyberpunk 2077" event Night City Wire to June 25.The company stated on Twitter: "We still look forward to sharing new information about CP'77, but more important discussions are happening right now and we want them to be heard. We wholeheartedly stand against racism, intolerance, and violence. Black Lives Matter."Other Companies Show SupportOther companies in the video game industry such as Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox, Naughty Dog, Insomniac Games, Harmonix, Warner Bros., and Bethesda Softworks are displaying unified support on social media. Humble Bundle announced a million fund to help publish games created by Black developers.Square Enix pledged 0,000 to Black Lives Matter, and Ubisoft (OTCPK: UBSFY) donated 0,000 to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter.See more from Benzinga * Sony To Present 'The Future Of Gaming' On June 4 * Fandom, America's Navy Partner For Warzone Tournament To Celebrate National Military Appreciation Month * Electronic Arts Signs Multiyear 'Madden NFL' Extension(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
Shares of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) climbed 12.9% in May, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The video game company's stock posted big gains following better than expected first-quarter results published early in the month. Activision Blizzard released its first-quarter results after the market closed on May 5, delivering sales and earnings that trounced the market's expectations.
Activision Blizzard is the best positioned videogame stock for the second half of 2020, according to Piper Sandler.
Aside from the possibility for one or two major releases next year, the game maker will need to see continued strength in the "Call of Duty" franchise to drive growth.
Toy-maker Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) has a dominant market position in old-fashioned toys like dolls and board games. The company owns the rights to Monopoly and G.I. Joe, among other assorted brand names you might remember from your childhood. The company also has strong ties to Disney and produces Star Wars action figures, not to mention toys for the Marvel cinematic universe.
Video games have become a huge business. That’s raised interest in video game stocks, including those that are considered esports stocks. Top names include Activision, EA and Take-Two.
The video game industry has always been intensely competitive, but in recent years, new game formats such as mobile and free-to-play have shifted the landscape. The company has extraordinary game franchises but little progress to show in mobile gaming or esports. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) is an example of a video game company that has done a great job expanding into the new frontier of gaming.
Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) and NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) are pillars of the video game industry. Meanwhile, many of the millions of PC gamers are using NVIDIA's graphics cards, and the company claims to serve more than 200 million gamers with its GeForce family of graphics processing units (GPUs) and is the market share leader in the discrete GPU market. With more people at home since March, Activision Blizzard reported high engagement levels across most of its games.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) announced today that, due to ongoing public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has changed the format of its 2020 annual meeting of stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") from a physical in-person meeting to a virtual meeting format. The Annual Meeting will be convened as originally planned on June 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time and immediately adjourned to a virtual-only meeting via live audio webcast.
Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) has partnered with TeamSpeak in a multi-year deal that will label the VoIP application as the Call of Duty League's communications partner.The application will be integrated into all in-game communications through 2023.Jack Harari, VP of global partnership development at Activision Blizzard Esports, said in a release: "TeamSpeak offers best-in-class broadcast communications capabilities that we rely on to empower and optimize our teams and players. We have an obvious advantage entrusting TeamSpeak to provide this critical part of our operations in highly competitive environments where seamless voice communications are critical to successful broadcasts of live competition."This partnership isn't too surprising considering the Overwatch League signed with TeamSpeak back in December."Working with the Call of Duty League is a strong indicator of the continued adoption of our technology as the solution of choice among the leading competitive leagues and teams worldwide," said Ian Bamford, CEO of TeamSpeak. "Our technology ensures seamless in-game communications for every scenario, whether all-virtual, or for live, in-person events."TeamSpeak's deal as the Call of Duty League's communications partner will include a "global digital marketing program" that will push online brand sponsorships and community campaigns.When live events can return, the partnership will also include stadium support.Related Links:'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Is The Best-Selling Game Of 2020 So FarElectronic Arts Analysts See Stay-At-Home Strength, Possible Game Delays After Q4 ReportSee more from Benzinga * Immortals Gaming Club Partners With Nerd Street Gamers To Launch Online Esports Camps * 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Is The Best-Selling Game Of 2020 So Far * OWL's Philadelphia Fusion Claims Aim Lab As Skills Training Partner(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
Like many of its tech industry peers, Amazon sees an opportunity for big bucks in the changing nature of video games. The free-to-play and games-as-a-service models are keeping revenue streams open long after release, and the arrival of cloud gaming may give companies like Amazon the chance to bypass console giant gatekeepers such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Here's what you should know about Amazon, Crucible, and what comes next.
Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) has a new fan on Wall Street. The video game giant's shares were upgraded on Tuesday and assigned a $170 price target by Gerrick Johnson, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets. Johnson highlighted Take-Two's widening content portfolio, which includes sports franchises like the surging NBA 2K brand, as helping the company's growth.