U.S. and UCITS funds combine to reach the milestone as the fast-growing sector has been driven by consumer trends, investor popularity and strong performance
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VanEck today announced the firm has surpassed $1 billion in assets globally in its video gaming and esports strategy.
The assets represent the collective total in the VanEck Vectors® Video Gaming and eSports ETF (Nasdaq: ESPO®), the first pure-play ETF of its kind, launched in 2018, and the European version of the strategy, the VanEck VectorsTM Video Gaming and eSports UCITS ETF which launched in 2019. The relatively new strategy has reached this significant asset threshold in under three years of trading, a testament to the popularity of the space and the targeted exposure offered by these vehicles.
“Consumer preferences are evolving towards online and digital streaming entertainment,” said Ed Lopez, Managing Director, Head of ETF Product at VanEck. “While we couldn’t have anticipated the stay-at-home mandates of 2020, we believe the pandemic has accelerated a number of long-term trends, as evidenced by the video gaming industry hitting $159 billion in projected revenues for 2020.1”
“We’ve seen great adoption and interest from both individuals and financial professionals in Europe, demonstrating recognition of video gaming and esports as a big and growing business and its global appeal,” added Martijn Rozemuller, Managing Director, Head of Europe at VanEck.
The U.S.- domiciled ETF and the UCITS-compliant version both seek to track, before fees and expenses, the performance of the MVIS® Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPOTR). The index is a rules-based, modified capitalization weighted, float adjusted index intended to give investors a means of tracking the overall performance of companies involved in video gaming and esports. To be eligible for inclusion in the index, companies must generate at least 50% of their revenues from video gaming and/or esports.
VanEck has a history of looking beyond the financial markets to identify trends that are likely to create impactful investment opportunities. We were one of the first U.S. asset managers to offer investors access to international markets. This set the tone for the firm’s drive to identify asset classes and trends – including gold investing in 1968, emerging markets in 1993, and exchange traded funds in 2006 – that subsequently shaped the investment management industry.
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1 Source: Newzoo, 2020.
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