I guess I should make a legal disclaimer that I’m an immature investor who lost more money than he made in the Stock market so don’t take my word for stock tips. However, I like to share my analysis and get people’s opinions and feedback on what I think is going on in the industry.
So I think Activision-Blizzard stock is definitely worth buying right now. Based on their sales figures and potential for 2010, analysts expect an upside of about 25-30% on the stock price.
Activision Blizzard reported better than expected results driven by Call of Duty and Guitar Hero franchises as well as World of Warcraft. During a challenging economic climate, Activision Blizzard was the #1 U.S. third-party console and handheld publisher3.For the first half of 2009,Activision Blizzard had two of the top-five best-selling titles in the U.S.A and Europe – Guitar Hero World Tour and Call of Duty: World at War.
I found out about Eminence Orchestra after I watched their performance for the Metal Gear Solid 2/3/4 Theme music which I attached below. Also check out their performance of the Super Mario Brothers on youtube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcKurvm_0oE. I can’t embed the video here for legal reasons it seems.
Their performance of the One Winged Angel Theme from Final Fantasy VII is outstanding. I attached it below as well. They have also done work for Blizzard’s Diablo III and WoW. Music in video games is a crucial element of the whole experience and it’s a big differentiating factor of great games. Music can enhance the gaming experience or take away from it but never the less, great music is always welcome.
Metal Gear Solid Theme:
Final Fantasy VII One Winged Angel Music:
Blizzard Entertainment’s Echoes of War:
Some rumors about a possible merger between SCi and Midway. I think that will be a good step for both since they are not doing that great and they could use the combined momentum to survive against EA and Activision/Vivendi.
What a huge deal?? I did not see that coming. Interestingly enough, although Vivendi will own 52% of the merged company, the CEO of Activision Robert Kotick will be President and Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, and Vivendi Games’ Bruce Hack will be CCO of the combined company.
EA recently acquired Bioware and Pandemic and Mythic/Warhammer so they are still bigger. Huge companies with many studios are rising in the industry. Sony is also acquiring studios. Microsoft is also expanding their game studios and trying to offer more exclusives for their systems. Nintendo on the other hand has been laying low in terms of expansion, publishers are choosing to make Wii exclusives based on numbers. Besides, given the Wii’s limited horse power, it can’t handle the same quality expected from next-gen games. It will be very interesting to see what strategy the new Activision Blizzard will take. Personally, I do not think they will change much on the outside. There will be quite a bit of internal structuring. I wonder if we might see the death/rise of a couple of studios.