Category: Gaming

META & The UFC?

META & The UFC?

Meta Platforms (META) would provide the UFC an on-ramp to the metaverse. The UFC would provide META with valuable global content that could both serve as grist for META's virtual reality mill and provide META with a competitive edge in the content wars versus TikTok, Apple (AAPL), Amazon/Prime Video/Twitch (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Google/YouTube (GOOG), Microsoft/Xbox … Continue reading META & The UFC?

The Metaverse Is The Least of META’s Problems

The Metaverse Is The Least of META’s Problems

Meta Platforms (META), has serious challenges in front of it: Apple's permission-based Ad tracking has hit META and other iOS app developers hard. Apple's iOS change is the primary reason why META's average price per Ad dropped 14% in the June quarter. This reality is not going away and META would be smart to find … Continue reading The Metaverse Is The Least of META’s Problems

The Metaverse Is At Least A Decade Away

The Metaverse Is At Least A Decade Away

The Metaverse becoming reality is at least a decade away if not 20-25 years away. The Metaverse as we imagine it is one with rich graphics, hundreds of millions of users and billions of online transactions. There are two primary obstacles preventing this reality: The Metaverse suffers from poor graphics. Content companies including Meta Platforms/Facebook … Continue reading The Metaverse Is At Least A Decade Away

The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle

The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle

It does not matter what the Fed does with the Fed Funds Rate at this point, the global economy is softening and is likely to get worse. Whether the Fed ultimately takes rates to 3.5% or 4.0% will have little effect on the macroeconomic backdrop (QT is a different story). More job cuts. Large Tech … Continue reading The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle

Apple + Disney

Apple + Disney

We have previously written that it would make sense for Apple (AAPL) to acquire Disney (DIS). Apple and Disney could certainly hold informal talks now, but a letter of intent, formal due diligence and the purchase agreement negotiation would all have to wait until there is a new Administration in the White House in my … Continue reading Apple + Disney

One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse

One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse

Meta Platforms (META) will not single-handedly build the metaverse, nor will Microsoft (MSFT), nor Apple (AAPL), nor Autodesk (ADSK), nor Amazon (AMZN)... We think of the metaverse as a series of interconnected digital worlds where people engage in recreational and commercial activity. Everything from gaming to purchasing a house to leasing commercial space, to buying … Continue reading One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse

What’s Next For Netflix?

What’s Next For Netflix?

We have seen this movie before. Founder CEO hands the reins to a successor. The company stumbles. Founder returns as CEO. We expect this scenario to play out over the next 24 months at Netflix. Founder Reed Hastings will return after Ted Sarandos has had a brief opportunity to right the ship. It is game … Continue reading What’s Next For Netflix?

Between Here and The Metaverse

Between Here and The Metaverse

Facebook needs to build a bridge between its present product portfolio and a Metaverse-centric future. iOS users began to opt out of iOS app tracking when iOS 14.5 was released in April 2021 as part of Apple's App Tracking Transparency policy. iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are required to request users' permission to track … Continue reading Between Here and The Metaverse

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

Microsoft's (MSFT) deal for Activision (ATVI), will prove to be one in a string of such deals over the next few years whereby video game platform companies (Microsoft/Xbox, Google/Stadia, Amazon/Twitch), acquire video game content companies. These deals are similar to the wave of consolidation that took place in the 1980's and 1990's when distribution companies … Continue reading More Video Game Content Deals to Come

“G” Is The Most Important Letter In “ESG”

“G” Is The Most Important Letter In “ESG”

We have stated and written on a number of occasions that Corporate Governance - the "G" in "ESG" - is far and away the most important element of that acronym. Weak corporate Boards fail to hold management teams accountable. Sometimes Boards are weak because members don't know the company they serve well and are therefore … Continue reading “G” Is The Most Important Letter In “ESG”