How to Tap Into the Computer Gaming Boom

25 years since the launch of the PlayStation, the computer games industry has changed beyond recognition. But there are big opportunities for the industry's innovators 

12 September, 2019 | 12:36AM

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1994 was a seminal year for the gaming industry as we know it today: Sony launched its “next generation” console the PlayStation, and China went online permanently for the first time.

25 Years of Progress

The PlayStation business model, where gamers bought a new, expensive console every year or so and also bought expensive games to play on them, has served the industry well over the past 25 years and is still hugely profitable for companies such as Sony and Nintendo, as well as US-listed software firms including Electronic Arts.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Activision Blizzard Inc58.47 USD2.65
BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc461.22 GBX2.72
Codemasters Group Holdings PLC239.00 GBX2.80
Electronic Arts Inc97.69 USD2.43
Gfinity PLC1.60 GBX14.21
Herald Ord1,115.80 GBX4.87
Microsoft Corp160.23 USD7.03
NVIDIA Corp265.59 USD5.09
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc118.51 USD6.10
Ubisoft Entertainment66.24 EUR-3.19

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