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VanEck Video Gaming and eSports ETF

Market Updates*

  • 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

  • Exchange

  • ETF Structure

  • Administrator

    Van Eck Associates
  • Custodian

    State Street Bank and Trust Company
  • Index Ticker

  • Index Rebalancing


as of 09/17/21

  • 30-Day SEC Yield1

  • Total Net Assets

  • Number of Holdings

  • Options

  • Gross Expense Ratio2

  • Net Expense Ratio/TER2

  • Distribution Frequency


Performance History: Average Annual Total Returns* (%)

1 MO 3 MO YTD 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR LIFE
ESPO (NAV) 1.84 -2.44 -1.40 11.71 -- -- -- 32.43
ESPO (Share Price) 1.88 -2.50 -1.51 11.44 -- -- -- 32.42
MVESPOTR (Index)** 1.87 -2.60 -1.03 12.24 30.05 -- -- 33.42
Performance Differential (NAV - Index) -0.03 0.16 -0.37 -0.53 -- -- -- -0.99
1 MO 3 MO YTD 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR LIFE
ESPO (NAV) 2.77 6.56 3.87 40.38 -- -- -- 37.40
ESPO (Share Price) 2.63 6.19 3.67 40.40 -- -- -- 37.36
MVESPOTR (Index)** 2.53 7.07 4.19 41.32 -- -- -- 38.47
Performance Differential (NAV - Index) 0.24 -0.51 -0.32 -0.94 -- -- -- -1.07

Growth of hypothetical $10,000 investment as of 08/31/2021

3 Months | 6 Months | 1 Year |

Calendar Year Returns (%) as of 12/31/2020

NAV & Premium/
Discount History
as of 08/31/21

Best & Worst
Quarter Returns (%)
as of 06/30/21

  • Best quarter

    2Q'20 +34.23%
  • Worst quarter

    1Q'21 -2.52%

Distribution History

Anticipated Dividend & Capital Gains Frequency: Annual
Year Ex-Date Record
Payable Date Dividend
Capital Gains
Capital Gains
Return of
2020 12/21/2020 12/22/2020 12/28/2020 $0.0849 -- -- -- $ 0.08
2019 12/23/2019 12/24/2019 12/30/2019 $0.0834 -- -- -- $ 0.08
2018 12/20/2018 12/21/2018 12/27/2018 $0.0100 -- -- -- $ 0.01

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Certain distributions may constitute a return of capital, which will have the effect of reducing your cost basis in the Fund’s shares and thereby increasing the amount of capital gain, if any, or decreasing the amount of capital loss, if any, that you will realize when selling or exchanging Fund shares. The final determination of the tax characteristics cannot be determined until after each Fund’s yearend and are reported to shareholders on Form 1099-DIV. The form is mailed to shareholders shortly after calendar yearend specifying how the distributions paid by the Fund during the prior calendar year should be characterized for purposes of reporting the distribution on a shareholder’s tax return.

The tax treatment and characterization of the Fund’s distributions may vary significantly from time to time depending on whether the Fund has gains or losses on the securities in its portfolio. The Fund’s distributions will normally reflect past and projected net investment income, and may include income from dividends and interest, capital gains and/or a return of capital. The final composition of the tax characteristics of the distributions cannot be determined with certainty until after the end of the year, and will be reported to shareholders at that time. The amount of distributions will vary, depending on a number of factors. As portfolio and market conditions change, the rate of dividends may change. There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to declare a dividend distribution in each period.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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