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  • Mobile gaming continues to dominate industry revenues and provide the most growth by segment (compared to PC and console).High demand for next-gen console sales into 2021 should provide an overall favorable backdrop for the video game industry.
  • M&A activity from tech conglomerates may continue as these companies look to position themselves favorably in the gaming landscape. They have been purchasing development studios and esports-related businesses to boost their offerings.
  • We currently see “return to normalcy” risks and valuation risks for video game companies, but we believe supportive long-term trends are still in place around consumer demand for interactive digital entertainment, cord-cutting and demographics.

Learn More | Playing the Rise in Video Game M&As

1Source: SuperData, a Nielsen Company.

Fund Description

VanEck Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO®) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the MVIS® Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPOTR), which is intended to track the overall performance of companies involved in video game development, esports, and related hardware and software.

 

  • Fund Ticker

    ESPO
  • Exchange

    NASDAQ
  • Inception Date

    10/16/2018

  • ETF Structure

    Physical
  • Administrator

    Van Eck Associates
  • Custodian

    State Street Bank and Trust Company
  • Index Ticker

    MVESPOTR
  • Index Rebalancing

    Quarterly

 

as of 09/01/21

  • 30-Day SEC Yield1

    0.02%
  • Total Net Assets

    $735.8M
  • Number of Holdings

    26
  • Options

    Available
  • Gross Expense Ratio2

    0.58%
  • Net Expense Ratio/TER2

    0.55%
  • Distribution Frequency

    Annual
  • Next Distribution Date

    12/17/2021

Key Points

  • Competitive video gaming audience expected to reach 495 million people globally in 20206

  • Esports revenue growth has increased almost 28% yearly since 2015, supported by a young, affluent audience7

  • Companies must derive at least 50% of total revenues from video gaming and/or esports to be initially eligible for the Index

Trading Information

  • Fund Ticker

    ESPO
  • Index Total Return Ticker

    MVESPOTR
  • NAV

    ESPONV
  • Intraday NAV (IIV)4

    ESPOIV
  • Shares Outstanding

    10,550,000
  • Estimated Cash

    ESPOEU
  • Total Cash

    ESPOTC
  • CUSIP

    92189F114
  • ISIN

    US92189F1140

Source: Bloomberg

Fees and Expenses2

  • Management Fee

    0.50%
  • Other Expenses

    0.08%
  • Gross Expense Ratio

    0.58%
  • Fee Waivers and
    Expense Reimbursement

    -0.03%
  • Net Expense Ratio/TER2

    0.55%

2

Expenses for ESPO are capped contractually at 0.55% until February 1, 2022. Cap excludes acquired fund fees and expenses, interest expense, trading expenses, taxes and extraordinary expenses.

Investment Professionals

  • Portfolio Manager and Head of Equity ETFs
  • Oversees the Equity ETF Investment Management Team including development and management of index replication and optimization strategies
  • Joined VanEck in 2005
  • CFA charterholder; member of the CFA Society New York
  • BA, Mathematics and Economics, New York University
  • Portfolio Manager and Analyst for Equity ETFs
  • Joined VanEck in 2007
  • Prior to his current role, held a portfolio administration position at VanEck
  • Previously, Portfolio Analyst at Evaluation Associates
  • BS, Business Administration (concentration in Financial Analysis), State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Analyst for Equity ETFs
  • Joined VanEck in 2018
  • Prior to joining VanEck, ETF Basket Operations Analyst at JPMorgan
  • BS, Finance, Providence College
  • Analyst for Equity ETFs
  • Joined VanEck in 2019
  • Prior to VanEck, Intermediate Representative, Exchange Traded Funds at BNY Mellon.
  • BS, Accounting, Hunter College

Prices as of 09/01/21

NAV/
Market Price
Volume
30-Day Avg./
Last Trading Day
Daily Change
NAV/
Last Price
YTD Change
NAV/
Last Price
Premium/
Discount
Prem/Discount
Distribution Charts
NAV &
Prem/Discount
History
30-Day
Median
Bid Ask
Spread
NAV
Chart
ESPO $69.74
$69.82
73,261
72,778
$0.79 / +1.14%
$0.87 / +1.26%
-0.27%
-0.27%
$0.08
0.11%
0.17%

Premium/Discount History as of 09/01/21

Calendar Year 2020 3Q 2020 4Q 2020 1Q 2021 2Q 2021 Premium/Discount Charts NAV & Prem/Discount History
Days closed at a premium 216 55 57 44 22
ESPO Days closed at NAV 3 0 2 1 3
Days closed at a discount 34 9 5 16 38

Performance History: Average Annual Total Returns* (%)

1 MO 3 MO YTD 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR LIFE
10/16/18
ESPO (NAV) -6.79 -4.24 -3.18 20.26 -- -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>32.69
ESPO (Share Price) -6.75 -4.42 -3.33 20.28 -- -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>32.67
MVESPOTR (Index)** -6.75 -4.15 -2.84 20.92 29.05 -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>33.71
Performance Differential (NAV - Index) -0.04 -0.09 -0.34 -0.66 -- -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>-1.02
1 MO 3 MO YTD 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR LIFE
10/16/18
ESPO (NAV) 2.77 6.56 3.87 40.38 -- -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>37.40
ESPO (Share Price) 2.63 6.19 3.67 40.40 -- -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>37.36
MVESPOTR (Index)** 2.53 7.07 4.19 41.32 -- -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>38.47
Performance Differential (NAV - Index) 0.24 -0.51 -0.32 -0.94 -- -- -- 10/16/18_ESPO>-1.07

Top 10 Holdings (%) as of 07/31/21 Daily Holdings

Total Holdings: 26

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Holding Name

Ticker

Shares Market Value
(US$)
% of Net
Assets
ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC

AMD US

690,909

73,367,627 9.81
NVIDIA CORP

NVDA US

363,731

70,923,908 9.48
SEA LTD

SE US

194,995

53,849,819 7.20
TENCENT HOLDINGS LTD

700 HK

812,400

48,994,024 6.55
NINTENDO CO LTD

7974 JP

77,200

39,672,473 5.30
UNITY SOFTWARE INC

U US

359,971

38,560,094 5.15
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC

ATVI US

449,671

37,601,489 5.03
NETEASE INC

NTES US

357,694

36,559,904 4.89
ELECTRONIC ARTS INC

EA US

243,552

35,061,746 4.69
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE INC

TTWO US

193,446

33,547,405 4.48
Top 10 Total (%) 62.58

These are not recommendations to buy or to sell any security. Securities and holdings may vary.

Country Weightings (%) as of 07/31/21

  • Country

    % of Net Assets
  • United States

    45.52
  • Japan

    17.81
  • China

    16.63
  • Taiwan

    8.89
  • South Korea

    4.96
  • Sweden

    3.16
  • France

    1.70
  • Poland

    1.34
  • Other/Cash

    -0.01

Sector Weightings (%) as of 07/31/21

  • Sector

    % of Net Assets
  • Communication Services

    68.3
  • Information Technology

    27.5
  • Consumer Discretionary

    4.2
  • Other/Cash

    0.0

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