Virtual Economy

Episode 102: Activision Blizzard Did a Labor No No… Again (News Show)

Activision Blizzard is the subject of employee-driven National Labor Relations Board charges of anti-worker activity. Also: An update on Paradox and its union survey of work conditions in Sweden, NPD for August 2021, and App Annie is slapped with an SEC fine.

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Episode 101: How to Destroy Your Studio’s Reputation With One Tweet (News Show)

On this week’s show: Tripwire Interactive CEO tanks his studio’s reputation with a single tweet before showing himself the door, Epic vs Apple is over (and Apple mostly won), Twitch sues hate raiders as it scrambles to do evidence it’s doing…

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Episode 100: We Did Not Make an NFT of This Show (News Show)

It’s our 100th episode! Thank you to everyone who has listened and supported us! This week: The graded collectible game bubble, the scar of Cyberpunk 2077’s failed launch, China’s tightened youth gaming restrictions, and more. You can support…

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Episode 99: Maybe Don’t Abuse Steam’s Refund System (News Show)

You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our and also purchase ! TIME STAMPS [00:01:01] – EA makes five accessibility patents available for free [00:14:38] – Unity employees speak up about company’s military contracts [00:32:49] – Investment…

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Bonus: #TwitchDoBetter with RekItRaven

Twitch is failing marginalized creators as instances of hate raids, harassment, and virulent toxicity have spiked on the platform. Content creator and #TwitchDoBetter originator RekItRaven joins us to discuss. You can support Virtual Economy’s…

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Episode 98: Fighting For the Little Guy… By Stealing Their Ideas (News Show)

Epic Games is under fire for wholesale copying Innersloth’s Among Us for a new Fortnite Mode. Also: the latest on Activision Blizzard, earnings updates (Starbreeze, Remedy, Paradox, Unity, Roblox, Embracer Group), NPD, and more. You can support…

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Bonus: Raw Fury’s Future with Jonas Antonsson

Raw Fury has agreed to a majority acquisition by Swedish investment group Altor. We spoke with Raw Fury founder Jonas Antonsson about the publisher’s growth, its path to acquisition, and how funding will accelerate new projects. You can support…

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Episode 97: What Goes Up… (Earnings Show)

What Goes Up… (Earnings Show): The pandemic isn’t over, but as the world starts to reopen, gaming revenue starts to settle into a new normal. We discuss Take-Two, Nintendo, Sony, EA, Zynga, Sega, and Square Enix. You can support Virtual…

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Episode 96: How Not to Fire 150 People (News Show)

Xsolla decided it would be a great idea to fire 150 people via email, publicly shame them, and then threaten its remaining staff. Also: the latest on Activision Blizzard, why indies aren’t immune from toxic environments, and more. Content Warning:…

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Episode 95: Activision Blizzard Leadership Has Failed (News Show)

Activision Blizzard leadership continues to fail in its response to the California DFEH lawsuit and its own employees. Ubisoft employees are renewing their demands for change and a seat at the table. Also: Microsoft and Capcom earnings. Content…

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