Virtual Economy

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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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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