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Activision Blizzard

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'Hearthstone' caster quits Grandmasters after Blizzard bans player

Brian Kibler, a professional player, streamer, and tournament caster of Activision Blizzard's "Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft," has announced that he "will have no involvement" in the game's Grandmasters competitions moving forward. Kibler said he made the decision after pro "Hearthstone" player Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung was expelled from Grandmasters and had his prize money revoked after voicing support for protestors in Hong Kong at the end of a stream. "I want to start by saying that I feel what Blitzchung did was very brave," Kibler said. "He knew that his actions would likely have serious consequences, not just for his future in Hearthstone but possibly even for his personal safety, and I commend him for the fortitude that takes." While the tournament caster said he believes Blizzard was "correct" in issuing a penalty for his actions, he thinks the punishment given is "incredibly harsh." "I won't pretend to understand either the intricacies of the geopolitical situation in China and Hong Kong or the full extent of Blizzard's business interests there, but to me this penalty feels like it is deeply rooted in both," Kibler added. "The heavy-handedness of it feels like someone insisted that Blizzard make an example of Blitzchung, not only to discourage others from similar acts in the future but also to appease those upset by the outburst itself. That kind of appeasement is simply not something I can in good conscience be associated with. When I learned about the ruling, I reached out to Blizzard and informed them that I no longer feel comfortable casting the Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon. I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly endorses this decision. Unless something changes, I will have no involvement in Grandmasters moving forward."

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ATVI Activision Blizzard
$53.66

-0.44 (-0.81%)

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Activision Blizzard downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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Activision Blizzard downgraded to Underperform at Bernstein
As previously reported, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Activision Blizzard to Underperform from Market Perform as he cannot reconcile the current stock price with the company's risk-adjusted fundamentals. Furthermore, the analyst believes the market is "paying too much for the hope" this is the trough and things can only get better. Juenger raised his price target on the stock to $43 from $41.
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Fly Intel: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Charles Schwab (SCHW), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), and E-Trade (ETFC) double-downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays. 2. Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim with analyst Laurent Grandet citing his view that the stock will be range-bound until the market can better gauge the impact of the upcoming U.S. launch of Coca-Cola (KO) Energy, which is planned for January. 3. Vermilion Energy (VET) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at National Bank. 4. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein with analyst Todd Juenger saying he cannot reconcile the current stock price with the company's risk-adjusted fundamentals. 5. Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow with analyst Garik Shmois saying oriented strand board pricing hasn't accelerated as quickly as we previously anticipated. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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KeyBanc views Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: Mobile datapoints as positive
KeyBanc analyst Tyler Parker notes that according to Sensortower, Activivision's "Call of Duty: Mobile" has accumulated over $2M in spend and 20M downloads within the first few days of release. This is relatively in line or above other battle royale games, or mobile games that have stemmed from established IP on console, he contends. The analyst continues to believe that the game has significant potential as a premium mobile game experience, and views initial datapoints as positive relative to his expectations of $20M for Q4.

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