The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Take-Two Interactive Software, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Scientific Games and Bally Technologies

CHICAGO, Nov. 24, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include the Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO- Free Report), Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: EA- Free Report), Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI- Free Report), Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS- Free Report) and Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI- Free Report).

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Video Game Stock Roundup

Over the last five trading sessions, video game stocks mostly witnessed a mixed trend. While new game launches by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO- Free Report) and Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: EA- Free Report) made headlines and propelled a positive market sentiment, criticism of Ubisoft Entertainment SA's Assassin's Creed: Unity took a thrashing that affected the overall share price movement of gaming stocks.

Top Stories Over the Last Week

  1. Take-Two Interactive's wholly-owned subsidiary, Rockstar Games, announced that its flagship game series Grand Theft Auto V is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Customised for such gaming consoles, the new game includes new First Person Mode, which enhances gamers' experience and increases chances of attracting new players.
  2. Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI- Free Report) declared that its World of Warcraft franchise surpassed 10 million subscribers worldwide as of Nov 13, 2014.Created in 2004, World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the most subscribed MMORPG worldwide. (Read more: Activision's World of Warcraft Subscriptions Cross 10M Mark)
  3. Following the launch of Assassin's Creed: Unity, Ubisoft shares registered a significant decline over the past week. The technical glitches and game bugs resulted in negative reviews and users' outrage globally. (Read more: Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Unity Faces Glitches, Stock Dips)
  4. Electronic Arts' division, BioWare, launched role-playing game (RPG), Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is currently available in North America.  First released in 2009, Dragon Age: Origins became a hit followed by Dragon Age II launch in 2011. The new Dragon Age: Inquisition already remains a winner of Game Critics Award for Best RPG at E3 2014.
  5. Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS- Free Report) recently received approval for the acquisition of Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI- Free Report) from the Nevada Gaming Commission. In August, the company announced its plans for acquiring the slot-machine maker for $3.3 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in early 2015.

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