Morningstar Rating

Stock Research and Analysis

by Peter Wahlstrom, CFA

Bulls Say

EA dominates the sports genre of the game industry, accounting for nearly 50% of sports game sales.
EA is growing new segments such as online and mobile gaming, which should lead to healthy revenue growth.
EA’s new development engines (EA Sports Ignite and Frostbite 3) are driving down the costs of building high-quality games. Read more 

Bears Say

EA could be spreading itself across too many projects and may not be able to provide adequate support to all of its titles.
The casual gamer demographic has been a major contributor to recent growth of the video game market. EA has traditionally been weak in the casual gaming segment.
EA competes with larger first-party video game publishers such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, which have greater resources and an institutional advantage in developing games for their own gaming consoles. Read more 

Management

Overall, we view EA's stewardship of shareholder capital as Standard. The firm hired insider Andrew Wilson (the prior head of EA Sports) as its new CEO in September 2013, a move which we hope will add some stability amid the upcoming console cycle.   Read more 

Profile

EA is the second-largest publisher of video games for consoles, computers, mobile devices, and online platforms, and the only major publisher with a significant presence   Read more 

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