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All your returns are belong to us: An exploratory study of how industry characteristics affect investments in the Swedish video game sector
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Being relatively young, the Swedish video game industry has experienced explosive growth in recent years, surpassing several traditional industries. Exemplified by the purchase of King for approximately three times the price of Volvo, and the fact that one in ten people on the planet has played a Swedish video game. This development notwithstanding, the industry remains academically unexplored, suffering high rates of failure among new businesses, and for many companies, access to capital is problematic. In many ways a unique industry; Reversing traditional business models. involving the community, their customers, during pre-, mid- and post-production combined with companies being born global. Therefore, traditional tools for financial analysis, such as profitability ratios, are proving insufficient and the industry is perceived as a risky investment. The study analyzes the underlying variables of such ratios, from the perspectives of uncertainty and risk as well as accounting, considering the unique characteristics of the Swedish video game industry; Providing guidelines for better utilization of the ratios. The authors establish a solid foundation for future studies on the topic and provide investors with useful tools to increase their knowledge of the industry. The findings indicate that due to the abstract nature of the industry, stemming from assets and value creation, financial ratios should be used in tandem with a uncertainty and risk assessment of certain key areas of the industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
Swedish Video Game Industry, Industry Characteristics, Profitability Ratio, Knightian Uncertainty, Exploratory study, Community
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298470OAI: diva2:946315
Subject / course
Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
Available from: 2016-07-05 Created: 2016-07-05 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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