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E3 IS ALMOST HERE...
BUT BEFORE I DIVE INTO WHAT INVESTORS SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON DURING THE VIDEO GAME CONFERENCE, LET'S BREAK DOWN WHAT E3 STANDS FOR...

E3 STANDS FOR ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO AND IT'S THE LARGEST VIDEO GAME EXPO IN THE WORLD
THE EXPO WILL BE TAKING PLACE FROM JUNE 11 TO THE 13, BUT SOME GAME DEVELOPERS WILL BE PRESENTING AHEAD OF THE EXPO...
INVESTORS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE VIDEO GAME SECTOR, SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO THE ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE AT E3 BECAUSE THE GAMES ANNOUNCED WILL SHAPE THE SECTOR FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT YEAR, AND WILL POTENTIALLY SHAPE THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S NEEDED TO RUN THE GAMES...

OUT OF THE COMPANIES PLANNING TO MAKE E3 ANNOUNCEMENTS...HERE'S FOUR PUBLIC COMPANIES THAT ARE WORTH TUNING INTO...

THERE ARE RUMORS THAT MICROSOFT WILL BE ANNOUNCING ITS NEWEST CONSOLE, THE NEXT XBOX.
MICROSOFT WILL BE PRESENTING ITS NEW GAMES AND, POTENTIALLY A NEW XBOX ON SUNDAY, JUNE 9.

MICROSOFT'S PRESENTATION WILL BE REALLY IMPORTANT SEEING AS SONY--THE COMPANY BEHIND THE PLAYSTATION--IS SITTING OUT OF THIS YEARS E3, GIVING MICROSOFT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DOMINATE THE HARDWARE ANNOUNCEMENTS...


ELECTRONIC ARTS IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS ITS GAMING LINEUP, WHICH INCLUDES TITLES SUCH AS APEX LEGENDS AND ITS STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER
HOWEVER, THE COMPANY WILL NOT BE PRESENTING AT E3 ITSELF, IT'LL BE AT ITS SOLO EVENT CALLED EA PLAY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 8

AND WE CAN'T WRAP WITHOUT MENTIONING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO SHOW OFF ITS CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE
ACTIVISION'S ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER THE COMPANY REPORTED IN ITS FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS THAT IT WAS PLANNING ON LAYING OFF 800 PEOPLE...

AND THE STOCK IS DOWN AROUND 40% OVER THE PAST YEAR...
PERHAPS THIS WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A TURNAROUND FOR ACTIVISION...

BUT VIDEO GAME COMPANIES AREN'T THE ONLY COMPANIES SHOWING UP AT E3...NETFLIX IS ALSO EXPECTED TO APPEAR AT E3...
THE COMPANY WILL APPEAR ON A PANEL CALLED "BRINGING YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS TO LIFE: DEVELOPING NETFLIX ORIGINALS INTO VIDEO GAMES"...
DO I REALLY NEED TO BREAK IT DOWN ANY FURTHER THAN THAT?

THE STREAMING GIANT HAS TEASED ITS FIRST-EVER E3 APPEARANCE ON TWITTER WHEN IT CONFIRMED THAT IT'S PLANNING ON SHOWCASING ITS UPCOMING STRANGER THINGS GAME...

SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT. E3 IS A GREAT WAY TO GET A GLIMPSE INTO THE VIDEO GAME SECTOR AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM MAJOR PUBLIC COMPANIES THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON...

E3 2019 is upon us. 

For those of you who don't know, E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo and it's a highly anticipated conference for video game producers, developers and, of course, players. 

This year, E3 takes place from June 11 to the 13, but some companies will present their 2019 lineups before E3 officially kicks off. 

Here are four companies that investors should keep an eye on during E3. 

Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (EA - Get Report) will technically not be in E3 itself, simply because the company runs its own event ahead of E3. 

The event, called EA Play, will take place on Saturday, June 8. 

Electronic Arts is expected to unveil Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and to further discuss its wildly popular battle royale game, Apex Legends. 

Microsoft

Microsoft (EA - Get Report) is rumored to be preparing to announce a new Xbox. And, with rival hardware maker, Sony--the company behind Playstation--sitting out of E3, now may be the perfect time for Microsoft to hog the headlines. 

The company will be presenting their lineup of games and, potentially, a new Xbox on Sunday, June 9. 

Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard (ATVI - Get Report) has had a rough start to 2019. 

The company announced in its fourth-quarter earnings that it planned on laying off around 800 people. 

And, the stock is down around 40% in the past year. 

However, there is an upside. The company is expected to discuss its newest Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Warfare. 

Netflix

Yeah, you read that right. 

Netflix (NFLX - Get Report) , while not a video game company, is expected to make an appearance at E3 2019. 

The company is appearing on a panel about turning its shows into video games and has teased that it plans on showing off a new Stranger Things game. 

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