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4 Narrow-Moat Video Game Publishers to Watch

Though they're all richly priced today, these firms stand to benefit from the trend of watching video games, the rise of e-sports, and the increasing use of microtransactions.

4 Narrow-Moat Video Game Publishers to Watch
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Neil Macker: We recently completed a deep dive into the video game landscape, looking at the evolution of the video game experience. Video games have shifted from having a largely participatory user base to one that is increasingly split between players and watchers over the last 10 years. We focused on three areas: the impact of watching games on YouTube and Twitch, the rise of e-sports, and the increasing use of microtransactions in PC and console games.

Although watching video games takes time away from those playing video games, we project that the shift is still a net positive to specific genres as well as video game publishers like Activision Blizzard, EA, Ubisoft, and Take-Two.

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