Virtual Economy

Episode 69: How nice are the earnings? Pretty nice. (Earnings Show)

 It’s financial reporting season again! We’re breaking down Square Enix, Activision Blizzard, Sony, Unity, EA, and Nintendo. The game industry has thrived during the pandemic, but can it last? TIME STAMPS [00:01:57] – Square Enix [00:09:39]…

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Episode 68: Pour one out for Stadia (News Show)

With the news that Stadia’s first-party development is kaput, we discuss what may lie ahead for Google’s gaming aspirations. Also: WB’s Nemesis system patent, the Gearbox acquisition, Kowloon Nights’ indie funding blitz, and a little bit more…

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Episode 67: GameStonk… Well that escalated quickly (News Show)

It’s been one week since Reddit memefied GameStop’s stock. We break down what’s happened, how Wall Street is closing ranks, and why it all could hurt retirement investors. We also discuss Activision’s anti-diversity moves, EA’s new Skate…

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Episode 66: How A Daytrader Reddit War Made GameStop the Biggest News of the Week (News Show)

GameStop stock jumped 80% as Redditors threw down with a short-seller analyst firm. We also discuss the Xbox Live price hike, Vicarious Visions’ new home at Blizzard, the EU fining Valve and five publishers, and more. TIME STAMPS [1:37:00] – MGI…

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Episode 65: Lucasfilm Games’ Empire Returns Full Throttle… Indiana (News Show)

Lucasfilm Games is back, and we’re discussing what it all means. We also chat about GameStop’s holiday sales, December 2020 NPD, Steam’s year in review, Riot and Bungie going for the jugular in a lawsuit against a cheat app maker, the Moonrise…

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Episode 64: Get Lost, 2020. Hello… Oh. Oh no. (News Show)

New year. New season. Virtual Economy is back with a news-filled show covering more Cyberpunk 2077, Raw Fury dropping lots of business documents, our trends predictions for the year, Tencent’s takeover of Leyou, Nintendo’s Next Level Games…

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Episode 63: CD Projekt burns bridges with partners, players, and its own future (News show)

CD Projekt has botched Cyberpunk’s launch to get it out the door in 2020. The follow-up has included empty refund promises and throwing platform partners under the bus. We discuss the financial reasons behind the rush and the impact the failures…

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Episode 62: GameStop’s Earnings Saved By COVID Tax Credits (News show)

GameStop’s Earnings Saved By COVID Tax Credits (News Show): GameStop reports stronger earnings, but has a one-time tax credit to thank. We also discuss, Cyberpunk’s launch, Twitch’s new safety rules, Activision suing Netflix, and more. We’ll…

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Episode 61: BioWare’s Leadership Shakeup and PAX’s Live Event Optimism (News show)

Event company ReedPop has announced ambitious dates for next year’s PAX shows. In an original report, we discuss exhibitor reactions to PAX Online, what went right and wrong, the price of exhibiting at PAX events, and what developers and publishers…

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Episode 60: Getting Accessibility Right (Launch Special with Steve Saylor)

Consultant, critic, and host Steve Saylor joins us to discuss the current state of accessibility in gaming and what the console launches got right (and wrong).

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