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Given its convenience and social aspects, multiplayer online gaming could continue its fast growth and transform the gaming industry away from the console model.
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The geeks shall inherit the earth. Unless they're too busy gaming. Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG), where players assume roles and do battle over the internet, are booming. It's social, it's cheap, and it's global. MMORPGs generate revenue from subscriptions and from selling virtual goods. PC gaming revenue rose 8% in 2012 to generate $20 billion worldwide, and it's expected to hit $25.7 billion by 2016. Meanwhile, US sales of game consoles fell 21% in 2012. The console market is in a two-year slump as consumers increasingly play Web-delivered games.
MMORPGs are attractive business propositions: the development cost and time required are a fraction of those for console games and online games can scale rapidly.
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|Watchlist||Change today||1-month return||1-year return||Total return|
|Online Gaming World||-0.48%||+29.49%||-21.99%||+47.42%|
|Symbol||Company name||Last price||Change||% change||Market time||Volume||Avg vol (3-month)||Market cap|
|NTES||NetEase, Inc.||479.225||-5.05||-1.04%||9:58 am GMT-4||53.24k||634.15k||65.16B|
|ATVI||Activision Blizzard, Inc.||82.19||-0.46||-0.56%||9:58 am GMT-4||550.35k||6.65M||63.44B|
|EA||Electronic Arts Inc.||130.6338||-0.39||-0.29%||9:58 am GMT-4||254.73k||2.12M||37.73B|
|TTWO||Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.||165.06||-1.16||-0.70%||9:58 am GMT-4||117.96k||1.39M||18.87B|
|ZNGA||Zynga Inc.||8.76||+0.06||+0.69%||9:58 am GMT-4||2.28M||19.71M||9.42B|
|CZR||Caesars Entertainment, Inc.||57.63||-0.50||-0.86%||9:58 am GMT-4||321.17k||10.45M||9.27B|
|CHDN||Churchill Downs Incorporated||164.57||+1.36||+0.83%||9:58 am GMT-4||8.64k||277.67k||6.77B|
|YY||JOYY Inc.||80.67||+0.74||+0.93%||9:58 am GMT-4||34.35k||1.04M||6.52B|
|MOMO||Momo Inc.||14.3069||-0.02||-0.16%||9:58 am GMT-4||291.82k||4.01M||2.99B|
|IGT||International Game Technology PLC||11.73||-0.23||-1.92%||9:58 am GMT-4||649.83k||2.64M||2.40B|
|GLUU||Glu Mobile Inc.||7.5||+0.01||+0.13%||9:58 am GMT-4||867.63k||4.48M||1.28B|
|SOHU||Sohu.com Limited||18.075||-0.00||-0.03%||9:55 am GMT-4||18.30k||865.08k||709.78M|
|CYOU||Changyou.com Limited||10.74||+0.01||+0.09%||4:00 pm GMT-4||406.53k||406.53k||575.75M|
|CMCM||Cheetah Mobile Inc.||1.9||-0.03||-1.55%||9:58 am GMT-4||13.99k||717.22k||264.68M|
In other words, instead of buying companies at a discount that are struggling, one should invest in businesses that can post strong revenue growth no matter what. Activision Blizzard also blasted through its guidance for Q2 2020, bringing in $1.9 billion in revenue and $0.81 in earnings per share (EPS), compared with $1.4 billion in revenue and $0.53 in EPS for Q2 2019. The increase in sales was primarily the result of growing user count in the company's Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush franchises.
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(Bloomberg) -- The Bank of Thailand held its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a third straight meeting to save its limited policy space, allowing fiscal policy to take the lead in reviving an economy headed for its worst annual performance ever.The central bank kept the policy rate unchanged Wednesday at 0.5% in a unanimous decision, after lowering rates three times earlier this year. All 22 economists in a Bloomberg survey predicted the hold.The pandemic has devastated two of Thailand’s main growth drivers, tourism and trade. The government has responded with a series of stimulus measures, including a $2.2 billion program of cash handouts and co-pay programs approved this week to boost consumption and jobs.In a briefing after the decision, Assistant Governor Titanun Mallikamas said central bank policy remained accommodative but fiscal policy should be the driving force in a recovery, focusing on jobs and economic restructuring.“Going forward, government policies from various agencies needed to be more targeted and timely,” he said.The central bank revised up its growth forecast for this year, predicting a 7.8% contraction compared with a previous projection of an 8.1% decline. It cut next year’s forecast to 3.6% growth from 5% previously, citing fading expectations for a tourism revival.“There’s a concern that without more fiscal measures, the economy will be worse.” said Komsorn Prakobphol, a senior strategist at Tisco Financial Group Pcl in Bangkok. “There’s a limitation for any aggressive monetary policy with the interest rate already at a very low level.”The baht fell as much as 0.6% against the dollar to its lowest level since Aug. 25, before recovering slightly to 31.509 to the dollar as of 3:25 p.m. in Bangkok. The benchmark SET Index of stocks fell 0.2%.In TransitionThailand will undergo a transition in fiscal and monetary policy leadership over the next few months. Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob is leaving the central bank at the end of this month when his five-year term expires, handing over to Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. The government also is seeking a replacement for Finance Minister Predee Daochai, who resigned in early September after less than a month in the position.Tim Leelahaphan, an economist at Standard Chartered Plc in Bangkok, said the central bank will likely have to cut the key rate by 25 basis points in the fourth quarter, as the government has limited ability to boost the economy via fiscal measures.“The fiscal policy outlook is in doubt after the recent resignations of two successive finance ministers; it remains unclear who will fill the position,” he said. “The political situation could pose an additional risk to the economy, given ongoing protests.”Veerathaisaid in a recent interview that the central bank has been studying unconventional policy steps such as yield-curve control, but doesn’t think they’re needed right now. While all options, including interest-rate cuts, remain on the table, targeted policies that get funds to the sectors that need them can be most effective, he said.Other key points from the decision and briefing:It will take two years for the economy to return to its pre-pandemic levelThe MPC will assess the need for any fresh steps in the FX market, as a possible rebound in the baht could affect the economic recoveryThe bank raised its inflation forecast for this year, to -0.9% from -1.7% in June, and for 2021 to 1% from 0.9%The bank raised its 2020 export forecast -- now expecting an 8.2% contraction versus -10.3% in June -- while maintaining its 2021 forecast at 4.5% export growthThe forecast for tourist arrivals this year was lowered to 6.7 million, from 8 million in June. Next year’s forecast was lowered to 9 million from 16.2 million(Adds analyst comment in seventh paragraph, updates market levels in eighth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.