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Episode 79: Epic Games Store isn’t Bleeding Out (News Show)

Apple wants the court to believe Epic is hemorrhaging money, but cherry-picked legal filings don’t tell the whole story. Also: NPD report for March 2021, Activision at War with Warzone.com, the latest stats for all the major streaming platforms,…

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Episode 78: Discord, Twitch, Trust and Safety (News Show)

Discord and Twitch are both grappling with the responsibility to keep their platforms safe after usership jumped during the pandemic. Also: 505 Games earnings (and Death Stranding’s strong PC performance), E3’s thin roster, and Nexus.gg’s…

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Episode 77: Why MLB The Show is on Game Pass on Opening Day (News Show)

Microsoft made waves with a big Game Pass announcement that has rankled some consumers. Also: Sony’s storefront closures, Activision’s right-wing hires, CD Projekt changes course, E3’s failed attempt to get member publishers to agree to…

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Episode 76: Discord’s Playing the Dating Game for $10 Billion (News Show)

Multiple reports put Discord in talks with Microsoft and others. We also review GameStop’s earnings, Sony’s stunning silence on a report that it’s closing three digital storefronts, Majesco’s return to retail, and more. TIME STAMPS [00:02:18]…

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Episode 75: Activision is laying people off… in this economy. (News Show)

Activision is posting record quarters. Its CEO has been awarded approximately $200 million in bonuses. The company just laid off at least 50 people in the middle of a pandemic. Also: EA’s FIFA Ultimate Team problem, Riot’s CEO cleared of…

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Episode 74: What Happens When a Developer DMCAs Their Own Game? (News Show)

The legal fight between Frogwares and Nacon over The Sinking City is getting ugly with allegations of theft and hacking. Also: Reports of the mythical Switch Pro resurface, Epic adds another family-friendly game to its roster, Twitch releases its…

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Episode 73: Stadia: Complete Catastrophe or Mismanaged Mess? (News Show)

Reports on the Stadia project’s inner workings are pouring out, revealing gears rusted with dysfunction. Also: EA cancels Anthem Next (but may have saved Dragon Age in the process), GameStop loses its CFO (but awards him a massive severance), Apple…

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Episode 72: The Last Temptation of “DeepF-ingValue” (News Show)

Keith Gill, better known as WallStreetBets’ “DeepF*ingValue” and “RoaringKitty”, testified before congress and has been sued by angry GameStonk investors. We also discuss Phil Harrison’s failed leadership and purposely misleading Stadia…

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Episode 71: Sure, revenue is great. But have you ever tried engagement? (Earnings Show)

In our second earnings show of the quarter, we’re breaking down Bandai Namco, Take-Two, Zynga, Sega Sammy, and Ubisoft. TIME STAMPS [00:01:07] – Bandai Namco [00:12:26] – Take-Two [00:24:03] – Zynga [00:36:41] – Sega Sammy [00:41:59] – Ubisoft …

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Episode 70: E3 Phone Home (News Show)

With the pandemic still hanging on, a new report corroborates and expands on news we broke in December: E3 is going digital (and it won’t be cheap). Also: EA buys Glu Mobile, Epic scores Kingdom Hearts, CD Projekt hit with a ransomware attack, NPD…

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