New reports say YouTube is about to bid $1 billion for game-streaming service Twitch. Is this the right move for Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) (NASDAQ: GOOG ) , which recently passed Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) to become the world's most valuable brand?
Then, we talk the top brands in all things geek. From video games, to movies, to TV, we weigh in on the stocks entertainment investors should own now. SPOILER ALERT: Sony (NYSE: SNE ) doesn't make our list -- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is still tracking well behind its predecessor and appears destined to close its run as the franchise's lowest-grossing entry.
Yet Dorothy has it worse. Box Office Mojo says the independent Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return has earned just $7.2 million in its first 14 days in theaters. The movie's producers are reported to have raised as much as $100 million for the project, mostly from individual investors. The finished product -- a poorly rated animated epic -- cost an estimated $70 million to make. What lessons can investors take from the mess?
Finally, Godzilla heads into the weekend having already earned more than $200 million in gross receipts worldwide. A sequel is in the works. Is that a smart move, and if so, how can investors get in on the profits?
Guest host Alison Southwick joins Nathan Alderman and Tim Beyers to discuss these stories and more in this week's episode of 1-Up on Wall Street. Click the video to watch now, and then be sure to follow us on Twitter for more segments and regular geek news updates!
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