With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the economy and sending savings account interest rates down to effectively nothing, many people are looking to stocks as a possible place to invest their money. Some gamers, with their advanced knowledge of the video game industry, might be considering investing in video game stocks. In this article, we’re going to break down some of the publicly traded video game stocks that you can buy.
Important note: This article is NOT recommending anyone to purchase, sell, and/or trade any of these stocks or use any trading platform over another. This is not financial advice, this article is meant to be purely informational for people wondering what video game-related stocks are out there that are accessible to the public.
Video Games Stocks Available to Trade
A platform that many inexperienced or first-timers investors (that would need this guide in the first place) might be using is Robinhood due to its ease of use. Robinhood is going to give you access to many video game stocks but not all of them.
One area where Robinhood is lagging behind currently in comparison to more advanced trading platforms such as TD Ameritrade’s Thinkorswim is over-the-counter (OTC) and foreign stock trading. Smaller or less accessible video game companies may not be able to be traded on Robinhood or other similar brokerage platforms.
We’ve separated these stocks into two categories. Stocks that should be available on just about any app or platform you would use and others that are going to be trickier to trade, don’t have as much trading volume, and that might require the help of a professional stockbroker or an advanced trading platform.
Final note: This is list is not comprehensive and there are plenty of other publicly traded video game stocks out there, these are just some of the most popular and well-known. We’ll update this guide as needed.
Easily Accessible Publicly Traded Video Game Stocks
- Activision Blizzard (ATVI)
- Apple (AAPL)
- EA (EA)
- Google (GOOG)*
- Microsoft (MSFT)
- Nintendo (NTDOY)
- Sony (SNE)
- Take-Two Interactive (TTWO)
- Tencent (TCEHY)
- WB Games (T)*
- Zynga (ZNGA)
A couple of notes here. First, Google has two tickers that you can purchase, Class A and Class C. The price difference is usually minimal. Class A offers you voting rights if that matters to you but is usually slightly more expensive while Class C is generally a little bit cheaper with no voting rights.
WB Games, a publisher lots of gamers are likely familiar with, is not directly listed on the exchange. The closest thing you can get is purchasing AT&T (T) which is the parent company of all things Warner Bros. Keep in mind that purchasing (T) will tap you into that entire business which includes a lot more than video games.
Harder to Find Over-the-Counter & Foreign Stocks
- Bandai-Namco (NCBDY)
- Capcom (CCOEY)
- Konami (KNMCY)
- NetEase (NTES)
- Sega (SGAMY)
- Square Enix (SQNXF)
- Ubisoft (UBSFF)
These stocks, like we mentioned below, are a lot more difficult to find. If you’re very passionate about owning any of them, perhaps consider finding a professional broker or some kind of financial advisor to help guide you towards doing that.
That’s all we got for this short guide on what publicly traded video game stocks are up for buying and selling. Best of luck to you if you decide to trade!
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