Even during a global pandemic, video game companies have performed well on the stock market. Social distancing measures led to many more households gaming at home. There are plenty of U.S.-based video game companies that are publicly traded as well as companies in foreign markets.
Retail investors can buy stocks in many video game companies individually. There's also the option of investing in video game stocks through an ETF. The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF is a route for people to invest in the broader video game market. The ETF trades under the ticker symbol "ESPO."
Video game company stocks that are publicly traded
The following is just a handful of video game companies that are publicly traded.
Activision Blizzard is the largest U.S. player by revenue
Activision Blizzard ("ATVI" on Nasdaq) is led by CEO Bobby Kotick and has paid dividends since 2010. Its three divisions cover mobile gaming, console platform gaming, and PC gaming. Activision Blizzard is the largest American video game software company based on revenue.
Some of Activision Blizzard’s well-known games are Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush Saga.
Take-Two Interactive sees consistent gaming success
Fans of Grand Theft Auto are likely familiar with Take-Two Interactive, which trades under the ticker symbol "TTWO" on the Nasdaq. Grand Theft Auto is the company's largest game and has been wildly popular. Red Dead Redemption has also seen a lot of gaming success. In the eSports, it boasts NBA 2K.
Electronic Arts has many popular video games
Trading on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "EA," Electronic Arts makes popular esports games like Madden NFL and FIFA. The company also has The Sims, Star Wars Battlefront, and Apex Legends.
Tencent Holdings has a global reach
Tencent is a Chinese video-gaming company that's the largest in the world based on revenue. It’s also a multimedia conglomerate that holds the WeChat social network and many other gaming companies. One of Tencent's top games is League of Legends.
Tencent is also a strong player in the industry due to its holdings in other video-gaming companies. The company owns stakes in Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft ("UBSFF" in OTC markets).
Capcom pays dividends
Capcom ("CCOEF" on OTC markets) pays dividends and aims to return about 30 percent of its annual profits to shareholders through dividends. Capcom is a Japanese company with games like Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Mega Man, Street Fighter, and others.
Nintendo has gaming machines and software
Japanese Nintendo Co. Ltd develops and manufactures portable and console gaming machines and software. Some of its popular products are the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS.
Avid Technology specializes in multiple systems
Avid Technology develops software, newsroom computer systems, digital audio systems, and digital editing services. Avid Technology trades publicly on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol "AVID."
Sea Ltd. is based Singapore
Sea Ltd. is a publicly-traded company based in Singapore. The company trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "SE." Some of Sea's offerings include online gaming services, e-wallet and payments services, and management of third-party online marketplaces.
Bilibili trades on Nasdaq and is based in China
Bilibili provides online entertainment services and is based in China. It has mobile games, animation, comics, and live broadcasting. It trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "BILI."