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Sandy Hook fallout won’t impact game sales, says analyst

Friday, 21 December 2012 15:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Subsequent action following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings – be it a recently proposed congressional bill geared towards researching violent games – or other measures will not affect game sales, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz has predicted.

Speaking with Gamespot, Creutz revealed that investors in the games industry have grown concerned that any legislation drafted off the back of proposed inquiries, which surrounding games and violence, will impact on game sales. However, he stated that any impact would be “minor at most.”

He then added, “We have received many questions from investors about the potential impact of the recent tragedy in Newtown on our covered universe of video game publisher stocks,” Creutz said. “While this is a difficult issue to address due to the intense emotions surrounding the incident, we have attempted to present a summary of the relevant facts herein.”

On the threat of further regulation, Creutz added, “We believe that any new attempts to regulate video game sales would be quickly struck down by the courts based on this precedent.

“While these concerns are understandable–particularly given the currently emotionally charged environment–we think video game shares are now pricing in much more risk to their business models than actually exists.

“As a result, we think the group now generally represents a buying opportunity ahead of what should be a strong year for the industry in 2013 due to a loaded first half release slate and the likely launch of new Microsoft and Sony game consoles in the back half of the year.”

What’s your take on the issue? Let us know below.

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11 Comments

  1. theevilaires

    Of course it won’t and it shouldn’t. If the guy was dressed up with COD emblems and had a fox hound logo on his jacket then I could see how this would be anyway connected to gaming. This won’t affect the gaming industry in anyway. MW4 will break records again next year and some idiot will commit mass murder also and the two will have nothing to do with each other.

    THE END

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Mike W

    I don’t see why it would in the first place. What happened last Friday was unspeakable and I can’t even imagine the pain the family and friends are going thru.

    But we have to stop with these ridiculous connections that violence in any form of entertaiment are going to have a drop in sales or come to a complete halt because what happened last Friday. Even if it did, do people believe the murder rate is going to drop?

    We all need to be adults here and start looking at the individual that commited this devilish crime and stop trying to blame it on other shit, that he was into.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Mike W

    @1

    Well said bro….well said.

    Congress should be ashame of itself, I really don’t understand why it’s so hard to believe that the fucking piece of shit of a kid was a killer…

    Why does everyone keep making excuses for him? I keep hearing, “oh he was a nice kid” really? Nice kids don’t do the things this asshole did. “Oh he was mentally ill and he needed help” so he was a nice kid that was mentally ill and he needed help, yeah….right.

    Cry me a fucking river, that piece of shit knew exactly what he was doing and he was completely sane the whole time he was killing those poor innocent children, hence why he off himself when he was done. This is what is wrong with our society, no one wants to take responsibility for the actions that they commit. They want to take the easy route and say the movies made me do it or the video games made me do it….

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    I think there’s plenty of evidence of psychiatric problems in the last three shooters.

    Tucson guy was posting videos of himself rambling incoherently about grammar in public schools, Aurora guy was isolated and expressing deeply disturbed thoughts in therapy, and Newtown guy apparently had some form of autism, with serious mommy issues according to people who knew him.

    I don’t see a lot of people talking about any of those guys as being nice or balanced, unless they’re friends of the family.

    What exactly is sane about killing innocent children to you?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. AmiralPatate

    It’s easier to blame it on videogames than to reform a two centuries old constitution. But, hey, the world hasn’t change since 1787, so I guess it’s okay, right?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Cobra951

    @5:

    The principles certainly have not changed: Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, are all still just as valid today. Keeping the government away from censoring artistic expression is still as important in 2012 as it was in 1787. Taking away the right to bear arms will not make those arms disappear either. That genie will not go back into his bottle. All we can do is arm more responsible adults to nip developing tragedies in the bud, not bury our heads in the sand and pretend firearms don’t exist.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    You won’t take guns away overnight, but it’s the only way to make sure there will be less out there.

    If you arm responsible adults, you’re arming irresponsible adults right along with them. More accidents, more killings. And by your logic you’d then need to arm even more people to keep them safe from the ones you just armed.

    Somehow bending over for the genie doesn’t seem the best way either. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I agree the way to solve gun crimes isn’t to arm more people with guns. I read the NRA cry for placing armed security in every school. And who pays for that? My local school distric is already cutting programs left and right, they can’t afford girls Volyball, but we are ‘possed to pay for police to patrol the halls because kids have(a right to have guns)?

    That is dumb.

    Also read the second admendment. It doesn’t garentee gun ownership. It states that people have the right to gather in small milittia groups in defense. Minute Men being what they were. They provided a key cog in the fight against the redcoats. I know it might seem that gun ownership and the right to assemble(with arms) is the samething, but isn’t.

    It was a statement aimed at the standing armies that Americans had faced, a warning that if threatened it was not only a right of said people but likly the predictable action of said people to defend themself.

    The founding fathers had zero insight into a future where hands guns, assult rifles and auto/semi auto firearms were such headline news. I bet if put to the very same legislators that wrote those laws, you would get a very different answer for todays set of circumstances.

    Hunting was not only a economic causality, but also a nescesity of American lifestyle during those days. Gun control wasn’t even a thought in the equation. “Protecting” anyones right to carry a conceled firearm wasn’t the point or focus. Providing food for the family with a gun was something most families did. Needed to do. Trust me, school shootings weren’t on their minds.

    But we don’t like in the 1700s or 1800s anymore. I get my food from the grociery store. I used to hunt as a kid. I was interoduced to it by my father. He felt being an outdoorsman/sportsman was a vital part of what it meant to be an american. That is one of the things that fuels the NRA. I don’t feel like that.

    I owuld rather eat Chicken I bought from a store then a Duck I shot in the field if it means less guns and less public shootings. I know it is spicy topic. No prob. I know lots won’t agree with me. No prob.

    But imo, guns have more to do with shootings then video games, TV, movies, music or books. Media has always been blamed for societies woes. I remember Elvis being blamed for derailment of american values. Are video games too violent? Yes I think so. Do they outright cause people to kill other people? Yes and No. Some people will snap. I had a kid in my hometown head up into the woods with several guns and lots of amo, and start shooting at people and cops. He had seen the movie Rambo and was acting it out. He ended up shooting a few people and then killed himself. He was 17. Did the movie cause that? No. But it was a catalyst. And that is what games do. They sometimes snap unstable people.

    But in every single shooting and tradegy of such the one common link is … guns. Period. My sons school is going on highented alert today and several polic walk the halls. Some damn kid wrote something on the walls and threatend a rampage. Being rual a lot of houses here have guns, a lot of them. Kind of makes me worried.

    My two cents, get rid of the guns. It will take years, so lets get started.

    Sorry I can’t stay and debate the issue or my post here but I need to run.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Cobra951

    “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    Note that the main clause follows the comma. What precedes the comma justifies the main clause. It does not abridge it.

    The right to bear arms really has nothing to do with hunting, and everything to do with killing aggressors, especially when the aggressors come from a corrupt state or invading army. (The intent is to allow the people to maintain a free state.) It is an extension of keeping power in the hands of the people, rather than making sheep of us all, and making us trust a handful of official shepherds for our survival.

    A school full of unarmed educators and children is meat on the hoof for armed crazies. That will never change, anywhere in the world.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    The US government wasn’t marveling at the will of the people when the South decided they were going to walk away.

    The power of the people is the vote and the word, not the gun.

    What those guns were intended to be used for is highly disputed, but I doubt they were intended for classrooms and sheriffs deputies, and they certainly weren’t meant as a deterrent to other gun owners, as is often the argument today.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    Exactly. the intent was, in my mind, to allow for a underfunded and young nation to stave off a foriegn power. Taking the US would mean door to door fighting, where every citizen carries a gun. Where even the best funded and best equiped and best trained standing armies in the world would struggle. I believe that was the message being sent.

    It wasn’t protecting a Texans right to have a gun rack on his pick up or pack a handgun in the back of his belt.

    I fully believe that if faced with todays nightmare situations, they would have considered the “rights” of the gun owner. Hell we are talking about the same legislaters that took the power to vote away from the common uneducated everyday average citizen(electoral collage). They were concerned about the longevity of the nation and its stability.

    #11 2 years ago

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  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

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  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

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  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

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  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

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  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

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  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

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  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

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  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

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  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

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  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

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  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

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  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

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  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]