By Brian Barral
From crushing candy on the subway to work, to the mother-in-law that insists Wii Tennis is real exercise, gaming is an essential part of everyday life. Quantum leaps in technology has given individuals access to interactive entertainment at home, on-the-move and even….at work (don’t tell my boss).
With more and more people embracing gaming, analysts estimate that the industry will hit $118.6 billion by 2019 (+29%).
Top 4 Gaming Stocks to watch in 2017
- Activision Blizzard: Famous for ‘World of Craft’, ‘Call of Duty’, and Destiny which made $500M within its first 24 hours of release (Gamespot). Is currently expanding its presence on mobile devices and expected to grow by 22.47%p.a. over the next 5 years (Facts Reporter).
- Electronic Arts: FIFA, Battlefield 1, and the immensely fun & often infuriating Star Wars Battlefront. EA is a forerunner in both console and mobile gaming, placing it in a strong position for 2017. Analysts expect a mean gain of 18.96% (FT).
- Facebook: Keen to capitalise on its 650M users, Facebook has partnered with Unity and Blizzard to offer a better mobile gaming experience, and live streaming through its platform. Cowen expects Facebook to outperform in 2017 by growing 24%!
- Sony: A dominating force in console gaming since 1994 is now boldly taking on Virtual/ Augmented Reality, an industry that is expected to grow from $5.2bn to $162bn by 2020. Analysts estimate a median gain of 38.55% (FT).
Gaming Stocks? Really?
Really! The gains in the gaming industry can no longer be ignored. Although, investors may be concerned about entering into a new area. Or a bit sheepish about being directly exposed to stocks. But! There are ways they can benefit without jumping in with both feet.
NEBA has released a NEW Structured Product that will allow investors to gain a steady return of 15.5%p.a. and includes a generous level of downside protection.
Over the next 5 years, provided one of these stocks doesn’t fall by more than 30%, the investor will generate a return of 15.5%p.a. And as long as, one of these stocks doesn’t fall by more than 50%, their capital is protected.