Virtual Economy

Episode 54: Pandemics Are Terrible… Unless You’re a Video Game Investor (Earnings Show)

It’s a new season of earnings reports, and we’ve got what you need to know about Microsoft ($MSFT), Sony ($SNE), Capcom, Ubisoft, and Activision ($ATVI). We’re looking at trends as we head into the next generation of console hardware. Capcom Q2…

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Episode 53: Cyberpunk’s Delay Means More Crunch For Developers (News Show)

CD Projekt Red has continued to prioritize product over people. We discuss the dishonesty around the game’s development and how 21 more days of development is 21 more days of crunch. We also discuss the benefits and problems with GameStop’s…

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Episode 52: EA’s Getting Sued for Loot Boxes, eh (News Show)

EA is facing a Canadian loot box class action suit, Bethesda is accused of conspiring to destroy a competitor’s game, and Twitch is angering streamers with its DMCA policy. What a week! Other topics: Take Two places unskippable ads in NBA 2K21,…

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Episode 51: Is Microsoft Throwing GameStop a Life Preserver? (News Show)

We know Microsoft is sharing some next-gen revenue with GameStop, but how much? We discuss what we know about the deal, the missing pieces, and how it might impact the retailer’s survival. Other topics: Sony’s new PlayStation party recordings,…

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Episode 50: Amazon’s Crucible is Dead (News Show)

Just five months after release (and, later, a strange un-release), Amazon has killed its second game, Crucible. Other topics include: GameStop’s latest attempt at redemption through a partnership with Microsoft, Epic vs. Apple split the win on the…

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Episode 49: Taking Good Care of Developers Starts at the Top (with Chelsea Blasko, Co-CEO at Iron Galaxy)

In ten years at Iron Galaxy, co-CEO Chelsea Blasko has helped grow the company from 13 to 175 employees with attention to empathy, emotional care, and making the 175 employees feel valued. The result? No crunch, low turnover, and high job…

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Episode 48: Crunch Sucks (Let’s Talk About Why) (News Show)

CDPR has broken a promise to clean up its crunch culture, giving us a springboard to talk about why crunch happens, how it hurts developers, and what external forces are acting against studios. Other topics include: Take Two back in court over digital…

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Episode 47: Bethesda, Microsoft, and a Funny Story About PS5 Exclusivity (News Show)

What. A. Week. Get ready for in-depth conversation about the Bethesda acquisition (and what it means for exclusivity), and how corporate finance makes the world go ‘round. We also have some thoughts from a lawyer who has worked on huge acquisitions….

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Episode 46: PlayStation 5 Pricing and Preorder Pain (News Show)

NPD’s Mat Piscatella joins us again. This time, we’re discussing PlayStation 5 pricing, the messy pre-order rollout, and the August NPD report. We also discuss the Oculus Quest 2 (and whether it’s worth your money), Unity’s IPO, and Razer…

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Episode 45: Xbox Console Prices: Enter the eXtra Small Small (News Show)

After a series of leaks, the stalemate is over. Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox Series S and pricing for it and the Xbox Series X. NPD’s Mat Piscatella joins us again to discuss. Other topics include: GameStop earnings, an update on Epic vs. Apple,…

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