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U.S. Ban on WeChat and Tencent Could Have Major Implications for Video Game Industry

Neil Macker, CFA Senior Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Neil Macker, CFA |

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated the trade war with China via executive orders that ban U.S. transactions with the TikTok and WeChat apps and their respective owners, ByteDance and Tencent, effective 45 days from Aug. 7. While the president had been attacking TikTok, the addition of WeChat and Tencent to the ban was a surprise. The language in the orders is broad, and the specific banned transactions will be defined by the secretary of commerce before the 45-day deadline.

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Found in 1993, Take-Two consists of two wholly owned labels, Rockstar Games and 2K. The firm is one of the world's largest independent video game publishers on consoles, PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Take-Two's franchise portfolio is headlined by "Grand Theft Auto" (220 million units sold) and contains other well-known titles such as "NBA 2K," "Civilization," "Borderlands," "Bioshock," and "Xcom.".

110 West 44th Street
New York, NY, 10036
T +1 646 536-2842
Sector Communication Services
Industry Electronic Gaming & Multimedia
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2020
Fiscal Year End Mar 31, 2020
Stock Type Aggressive Growth
Employees 5,800