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VR, Fortnite, & Other Driving Forces Behind the Video Game Industry

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research. On this week’s episode, Ben Rains speaks with Ted Pollak of the ETFMG Video Game Tech ETF (GAMR - Free Report) about the success of the video game industry and its future, from mobile gaming to virtual reality.

Pollak’s wealth of knowledge about the video game industry led him to the idea of an industry-focused ETF, which has performed very well.

The video game industry has grown immensely over the last couple of decades. More recently, the proliferation of mobile gaming, driven by the likes of Glu Mobile (GLUU - Free Report) and industry giants such as Nintendo (NTDOY - Free Report) , has helped take the industry to heights few could have anticipated.

The big names like Nvidia NVDA, Intel INTC, Apple (AAPL - Free Report) , Sony (SNE - Free Report) , and Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) will continue to benefit from their gaming presence. Meanwhile, video game-specific companies, including Take-Two Interactive TTW, Electronic Arts (EA - Free Report) , Tencent (TCEHY - Free Report) , and Activision Blizzard (ATVI - Free Report) , should also be able to expand their offerings.

Looking ahead, the rise of esports and virtual reality-based gaming offers companies the chance to grow even more. The popularity of free games, such as Fortnite, and streaming content on Amazon’s (AMZN - Free Report) Twitch demonstrates how powerful professional video game players are these days.

Just last month, esports star Tyler Blevins—known as Ninja—had more social media interactions than soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo across Facebook (FB - Free Report) , Instagram, and Twitter (TWTR - Free Report) .

Make sure to listen to the full episode for more about the ETFMG Video Game Tech ETF and the future of the video game industry.

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