Here are top video game-related stock picks ahead of earnings: Jefferies

Gamers participate in a video game at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 12, 2013.
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Video game analysts at Jefferies are shifting their attention to major game releases ahead of third-quarter earnings.

Entering the holiday season, Activision and Electronic Arts release highly-anticipated content, including new editions of Call of Duty and Star Wars Battlefront.

"Video game stocks continue to rise with our coverage group up about 75 percent year to date on average," wrote Jefferies analyst Timothy O'Shea. "We expect structurally higher levels of profitability over time driven by robust opportunities to generate more in-game spending, as global audience sizes and user engagement trends continue to impress."

The analyst discussed his outlook on each of the stocks, complete with specific company analysis and price target.

Here are O'Shea's assessments of the two major video game stocks before earnings: