Virtual Economy

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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Episode 94: The State of California v Activision Blizzard (News Show)

Activision Blizzard has perpetuated a culture of sexual harassment and pay discrimination for years, according to a lawsuit filed by the State of California. The company can’t seem to decide how to handle the suit with Blizzard and Activision…

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Episode 93: Steam Deck, SWOLED, and Other Nonsense Words (News Show)

Big deals, new hardware, and a lot of platform chat fill our second episode this weekend. Highlights: Google’s pay-for-play plan, Sony drawing indie ire, Switch OLED, and the “Gabe Gear.” You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our Ko-Fi…

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Episode 92: It’s Time For Quick Hits! (News Show)

We’re back and we missed you! In our first of two episodes this weekend, we’re covering a ton of acquisitions, investments, and quick hits. Highlights include: Sony’s spending blitz and a huge number of studio openings. You can support Virtual…

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Episode 91: Revenge of PAX Pox (News Show)

Revenge of Pax Pox (News Show): Activision shareholders narrowly approve Bobby Kotick’s pay package, while EA makes significant changes after last year’s failed Say on Pay vote. Also: PAX West returns without vaccination requirements, Microsoft…

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Episode 90: Bobby Kotick is Paid too Much (News Show)

That’s right! We’re talking about absurd executive compensation again! Also: Roblox is facing a $200 million music infringement suit, GameStop hires a new CEO, and EA pilots a new loot box as regulators scrutinize in-game monetization. You can…

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Episode 89: E3 is a State of Mind

It’s been a wild week of gaming announcements, with standout moments from large publishers and small indie teams. In our VE3 wrap-up, we discuss the trends that stand out and the biggest takeaways, including Game Pass, wholesome games, and whether…

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Episode 88: Oh dear god, it’s E3… sort of. (News Show)

CD Projekt is feeling the pinch after Cyberpunk 2077’s disastrous launch. Also: Sony puts more shape around its console and PC strategy, Capcom under fire for alleged copyright infringement, and the first of our E3 2021 discussions. You can support…

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Episode 87: GameStop is getting into NFTs and we want to die (News Show)

Sony’s IR Day has revealed more of the company’s strategy, successes, and shortcomings. We also discuss the “SteamPal” report, PAX Online scaled back (and more realistic) pricing, updates on some stories from last week, and GameStop getting…

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Episode 86: Is Warner Bros Interactive Headed for an M&A Feeding Frenzy? (News Show)

The news of WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery has left questions about WB Interactive. Some studios are reportedly staying with AT&T (which wants out of original content), and we don’t know yet if Discovery has any interest in staying in the…

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