Electronic Arts shares gain for a third straight session on Thursday, company extends multi-year fighting game partnership with UFC

Electronic Arts Inc (EA) and UFC announced on Thursday the extension of their partnership to continue to deliver authentic and innovative mixed martial arts (MMA) games to 2030.

Electronic Arts shares closed higher for a third consecutive trading session on NASDAQ on Thursday. The stock went up 2.41% ($3.02) to $128.33, after touching an intraday high at $128.88, or a price level not seen since October 21st ($129.43).

Shares of Electronic Arts Inc have risen 19.37% so far in 2020 compared with an 8.66% gain for the benchmark index, S&P 500 (SPX).

In 2019, Electronic Arts Inc’s stock went up 36.24%, thus, it again outperformed the S&P 500, which registered a 28.88% gain.

The deal comes at a time when fans worldwide are playing more EA SPORTS UFC than ever before. Over 64 million simulated UFC fights were played during the EA SPORTS UFC 4 launch week, which represents a 125% year-on-year surge in comparison with the prior game edition – EA SPORTS UFC 3.

The announcement comes after EA SPORTS UFC 4 was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 14th, a game title that brings the best MMA experience to date. UFC middleweight champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya and UFC welterweight contender Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal can be seen on the game’s official cover.

“We’re thrilled to extend our more than 10-year partnership with the UFC as we continue to build one of the fastest-growing sports franchises in the world, based on the rapidly expanding sport of MMA,” Cam Weber, Executive Vice President & Group GM, EA SPORTS, said in a press release.

“This agreement will allow us to push the creative boundaries of mixed martial arts video games and connect millions more around the world to the culture of the sport.”

Analyst stock price forecast and recommendation

According to CNN Money, the 29 analysts, offering 12-month forecasts regarding Electronic Arts Inc’s stock price, have a median target of $155.00, with a high estimate of $170.00 and a low estimate of $140.00. The median estimate represents a 20.78% upside compared to the closing price of $128.33 on November 5th.

The same media also reported that at least 18 out of 32 surveyed investment analysts had rated Electronic Arts Inc’s stock as “Buy”, while 11 – as “Hold”.

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