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
Activision Blizzard Inc77.51 USD-0.67
BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc560.00 GBX-1.41
Codemasters Group Holdings PLC341.00 GBX-0.29
Electronic Arts Inc133.84 USD-1.02
Gfinity PLC1.93 GBX4.05
Herald Ord1,560.00 GBX-1.02
Microsoft Corp206.26 USD0.76
NVIDIA Corp384.49 USD0.86
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc144.40 USD0.20
Ubisoft Entertainment78.00 EUR2.74

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