SOHU, EA, and NTES are top for value, growth, and performance, respectively.
The video game industry is involved in the development, marketing, and sale of video game hardware and software. Top companies include Electronic Arts Inc. and Nintendo Co. Ltd. Video game industry sales generally performed well early in the COVID-19 pandemic as business shutdowns and social-distancing measures limited peoples’ entertainment options. Because consumers can play video games in the home, they have become a popular option. One of the industry’s challenges retaining newly minted gamers as employees return to work at offices amid the reopening of the the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video game stocks, represented by the VanEck Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO), has underperformed the broader market over the past year. ESPO’s total return was -32.4% over the past 12 months versus the Russell 1000’s total return of -12.5%.
These market performance numbers and all statistics in the tables below are as of Sept. 20,, 2022.
Here are the top three video game stocks with the best value, the fastest growth, and the best performance.
These are the video game stocks with the lowest 12-month trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. Because profits can be returned to shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks, a low P/E ratio shows you’re paying less for each dollar of profit generated.
These are the top video game stocks as ranked by a growth model that scores companies based on a 50/50 weighting of their most recent quarterly YOY percentage revenue growth and their most recent quarterly YOY earnings-per-share (EPS) growth. Both sales and earnings are critical factors in the success of a company. Therefore, ranking companies by only one growth metric is susceptible to the accounting anomalies of that quarter (such as changes in tax law or restructuring costs) that may make one or the other figure unrepresentative of the business in general. Companies with quarterly EPS or revenue growth of over 2,500% were excluded as outliers.
These are the video game stocks that had the best returns or smallest declines in total return over the past 12 months out of the companies we looked at.