The video game industry has drastically changed since its early beginnings with Atari in the 1970s. Modern day consoles have become powerhouses that replicate some of the most powerful computers. They are no longer a pastime activity but an investment. Sony's PS4 or Microsoft's Xbox One can run you upwards of $300 which doesn't include additional controllers or the games themselves.
Still, the video game industry continues to expand. Many of the industry's biggest publishers have seen their stocks skyrocket on new content, strategic acquisitions, and a transition towards digital offerings. With earnings season fully underway, investors should keep an eye on reports from Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Take Two Interactive.