Virtual Economy

Episode 84: ‘Stadia is Alive and Well’ and Other Optimistic Thoughts (News Show)

Google is doing everything it can to convince developers not to give up on working with Stadia, but is it enough? Also: Epic v Apple Week 2, Gree exerts patent power in $100m court win, E3 Online starts to take shape, Embracer gobbles up four more…

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Episode 83: Why is Blizzard bleeding users? (Earnings Show)

It’s our first earnings show of the quarter! Activision posts record revenue, but Blizzard is bleeding users. Zynga posts its own record revenue, but also losses. Things are going pretty well at both Nintendo and Capcom, as both check in with huge…

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Episode 82: Epic vs. Apple: The Fight for Your Money (News Show)

Lawsuits are good for two things: making lawyers rich and learning about the super secretive game industry. We break down all of the interesting learnings from the court case. Also, Sony is facing a class action lawsuit over its digital game code…

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Episode 81: Is Time Finally Running Out for Loot Boxes? (News Show)

The conversation around loot boxes is heating up again, with EA at the center. Also: Explaining the TriplePoint Video Game Stock Index, Sony and Microsoft earnings, and the GDC State of the Industry report.  You can support Virtual Economy’s…

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Episode 80: CDProjekt’s ‘Ship Now, Apologize Later’ Strategy Worked… Sorta (News Show)

CDProjekt shipped a broken Cyberpunk 2077, hoping that consumers would just… take it. Now, investors are upset and consumer sentiment is in the toilet. The financial impact? Not as bad as it could have been. Also: a flurry of Microsoft…

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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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