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Why Electronic Arts Is Poised to Underperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, video game publisher Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA  ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Electronic Arts and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Electronic Arts facts

Headquarters (founded)

Redwood City, Calif. (1982)

Market Cap

$4.7 billion


Home entertainment software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.1 billion


CEO John Riccitiello (since April 2007)

CFO Blake Jorgensen (since September 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$1.3 billion / $549.0 million


Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI  )


Ubisoft Entertainment

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 12% of the 2,223 members who have rated Electronic Arts believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star badducky, showed skepticism over Electronic Arts' strategic direction:

Major video games are moving hard toward a blockbuster business model. ... This is very bad. It turns production into a form of gambling on big winners to make up for the losses of the sea of failed titles. Add onto that the total inability to predict what will be big? The console market shrinks. The casual game market prefers smaller titles, with smaller teams. The big AAA titles, the MMORPGs, will all fade to black as the smaller indie studios dominate against a sea of mediocre major titles.

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  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2012, at 2:24 AM, TMFDukenewkirk wrote:

    The single biggest reason EA will struggle is they swing at everything. The second is that too many, I can't speak to all, of the products they put out are not adequately maintained to command much loyalty.

    No little guys will take down MMORPG.

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