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  • Analyst: Kinect to sell 4 million units by end of 2010

    Think Kinect’s going to bomb when it releases? One analyst reckons you’re all naysayers.

  • Analysts predict 8-15% industry decline in June for US

    Industry analysts are predicting an 8-15 percent decline in US hardware and software sales ahead of June’s NPD figures.

  • Analyst believes Amazon job listings point to new Steam-like service

    Due to some job postings over on Amazon, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian believes the online retailer is planning to expand it’s online digital game download service to be a bit more like Steam’s.

  • Analyst: New Super Mario Bros. Wii is “off to a good start”

    Colin Sebastian, analyst for Lazard Capital Markets, has revealed in the firm’s latest note to investors that sales of New Super Mario Bros Wii are “off to a good start after three days at retail”. This information was obtained through a meeting with Nintendo yesterday, and while sales for the game are moving in a […]

  • Best Buy store kiosks now selling used games

    Best Buy now has trial kiosks set up in some of its US stores full of used games. The stores are also allowing customers to trade used games for store credit. Analysts predict this could result in the used game market earning $3 billion annually combined with GameStop and other stores that sell used games. […]

  • Lazard: Online games now 25 percent of the worldwide game market

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian reckons that online games will generate upwards of $11 billion of revenue this year, thereby making up 25 per cent of total industry earnings. “We estimate that online video games will generate more than $11 billion in revenues this year, up from $3 billion in 2005, and account for roughly 25% […]

  • Analyst: Sony could cut PS3 price by $100 as early as late summer

    Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian says that the PS3 could get a $100 price cut between E3 and the end summer. Putting the console at $299 would not only be good for business, but the purse strings as well. Anything less “would likely be perceived negatively by the market,” Sebastian told Gamasutra. “In addition […]

  • US software sales expected to hit $10 billion in December, says analyst

    Lazard analyst Colin Sebastian said the the research firm expects US software sales to round the $10 billion mark “for the first time.” On the whole, the US market was up from five to ten percent in spite of the current economic crisis. What won’t really come as a surprise to anyone is that Lazard […]

  • Research note points to new Zelda title in 2009 and GTA V in 2010

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian issued a research note today saying that a new Princess Peach title and, wait for it, a brand new Zelda title would help game sales grow 5 percent in 2009. That was the good news. The bad news is that the new Zelda title is pure guesswork in his part. The […]

  • Sebastian slashes Q3 EA estimate, says more cost cuts to come

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian’s significantly dropped his outlook on EA, saying several holiday franchises are tracking lowere than expected and that more cost-cutting is likely to be announced in the coming quarters. “Specifically,” he said in a note this afternoon, “we believe several EA titles are tracking below plan at retail this holiday, including Need […]

  • Decline in Wii sales possible in July, “enhancements” to PSP and DS this year, says analyst

    It’s NPD week! Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian just issued a note saying the firm expects Wii sales to have dropped in the US last month, although the doomsayer may have to wait for their “I told you so” moment for a while yet. “We believe a sequential decline in Wii sales is possible in July, […]

  • Lazard Cap drops price target on EA

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian has dropped his price target on EA from $58 to $55. “While we continue to believe that EA will ultimately benefit from improving execution and better product momentum in 2HF2009, we believe ongoing margin pressures and lack of R&D leverage limit near-term upside in the shares,” said the analyst in a […]

  • Analysts raise expectations on “powerhouse” ActiBlizz

    Buy buy buy. Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter just raised his rating on Activision from buy to strong buy ahead of an expected approval of the firm’s merger with Vivendi on July 8. The analyst issued a first target for the 12 months ending Dec 2009 of revenue at $5.26 billion and pro forma EPS of […]

  • Up to 40% growth expected in the US for May

    Lazard Capital and Wedbush Morgan have both put out bullish growth figure for the US games market this morning, ahead of the release of May NPD data this week. The former is predicting 30 percent growth year-on-year for the month, with Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter pushing the boat out a little further to 39 percent. […]

  • Sebastian: No PS3 price cut this year

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian said this morning that while he expects a 360 price drop this year in the $50 region, a PS3 cut is not expected. “We continue to expect Xbox 360 price cuts this year (~$50 reduction), while Sony appears content to focus on achieving PlayStation profitability at the current PS3 price points,” […]

  • Sebastian: Expect Take-Two buyout news on Monday

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian just issued a note on last night’s EA financials saying that news on the company’s proposed buyout of Take-Two can be expected next Monday. “Expect update on TTWO bid by Monday morning,” he said. “We continue to believe that the current offer of $25.74 per share would be accretive to earnings […]

  • Sebastian predicts 35% increase in US sales for March

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian has predicted a 35 percent increase in March US sales year-on-year ahead of tomorrow’s NPD data. “We estimate video game software sales increased 35%+ in March. NPD is scheduled to release video game sell-through data tomorrow afternoon,” he said in a research note. “Based on our retail and industry checks, we […]

  • March NPD data to show 35% growth for March, says analyst

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian just published a note saying he expects next week’s March NDP data to show a heavy sales rise for the month. “We estimate 35 percent growth in March software data,” he said. “Next week, NPD is scheduled to release industry sell-through data for the month of March. We believe software sales […]

  • Analysts predict US 360 price cut

    In the wake of yesterday’s European Xbox 360 price drop, US analysts have said they expect similar action from Microsoft in America before the end of the year. “I expect a 360 price cut before Xmas, perhaps to $299 for the premium model,” said Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter. “If Sony cuts the price before then, […]