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Chicago, IL - April 13, 2015 - Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include the Zynga, Inc. ( ZNGA - Free Report ), Electronic Arts Inc . ( EA - Free Report ), Glu Mobile Inc. ( GLUU - Free Report ) and Activision Blizzard, Inc. ( ATVI - Free Report ).

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Here are highlights from Friday's Analyst Blog:

Video Game Stock Roundup

Video game stocks witnessed a mixed trend over the past week. One of the major events that made headlines was the return of Zynga, Inc.'s ( ZNGA - Free Report ) founder Mark Pincus as its new CEO. Further, closure of the I nternational Game Technology and GTECH S.p.A. merger was another top story. This news was followed by Electronic Arts Inc . 's ( EA - Free Report ), collaboration with Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing for bringing the upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy - Minions -into mobile games.

Top Stories Over the Last Week

1. GTECH S.p.A. and International Game Technology merged to form International Game Technology PLC. The new company is trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IGT.

2. Zynga's fate is expected to turn around as founder Mark Pincus takes office as the new CEO replacing Don Mattric, who served for two years. Following the news, the stock gained almost 3.6% (10 cents), eventually closing at $2.90. Of late, Zynga has been trending down losing more than 30% of its market value over the past year. To date, Zynga has lost over 60% from its peak, concerning investors regarding its prospects in the highly competitive video game industry. (Read More: Will Mark Pincus' Return as New CEO Save Zynga's Future? )

3. Electronic Arts, in collaboration with Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing, announced a new multi-title partnership to add characters from the upcoming Illumination films to its new mobile games. Minions Paradise will be the first game under this collaboration, in which players can create a tropical Minion utopia and take control of Phil, a Minion character. Under the new partnership, Illumination will be responsible for the creative team for content development, which would support EA's mobile development team.

4. Last week, Glu Mobile Inc. ( GLUU - Free Report ), announced the launch of Tap Sports Baseball 2015 on the App Store and Google Play. Tap Sports Baseball 2015 boasts star player David Ortiz as well as real players from all 30 teams through Glu's partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

5. Activision Blizzard, Inc. ( ATVI - Free Report ) unveiled the first wing of Blackrock Mountain , Adventure for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The first wing of Blackrock Mountain is available for players, and Activision aims to release one new wing every week in the rest of this month. Each of the Adventure's five wings is available for purchase separately for 700 gold or $6.99 per wing. In addition, Blackrock Mountain bundle package is available for $24.99.

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