After reporting earnings that beat expectations for last year, analysts are expecting Activision
to have an even better 2014 monetarily thanks to Hearthstone
. Although Blizzard's Hearthstone
hasn't released yet, players have been able to purchase card packs in beta, and while Bungie's Destiny
isn't even in beta, it's already doing well with preorders. The company's eggs aren't in any one basket, either; add in all the other games and it looks to be a banner year. Doug Creuts, an analyst at Cowen & Company, noted to investors:
"We believe Activision Blizzard is the best-managed company in the video game sector. We also believe that Blizzard is the single best, most consistent content-creation asset in our coverage universe. We also expect current cornerstone franchises Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Skylanders to continue generating strong revenue and operating profits for the next several years."