Virtual Economy

Episode 121: You Can Listen to This Episode While Playing Elden Ring (News Show)

Let’s talk about Elden Ring! So… which class did you roll? Have you found any good weapons? Why is that angry giant shouting at me?! Oh wait… uh… shoot… news… um… OKAY!  Call of Duty hits some bumps, Nintendo makes an acquisition, Paradox and EG7 earnings, and how YOU can help fight discrimination in Texas…

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Episode 120: Does Nintendo Have an Obligation to Preserve Its Legacy? (News Show)

It’s almost time to say goodbye to the 3DS and Wii U eShops… but what about all that lost software? Also: Microsoft moved fast to acquire Activision when stocks tanked, Team17 promises change, Paradox has hard work ahead, and the NLRB hears arguments on Raven QA unionization.

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Episode 119: Get That Bread (Earnings Show)

Earnings season continues! In this episode, we breakdown Sega, Remedy, Zynga, Roblox, Starbreeze, and Embracer Group’s latest earnings.

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Episode 118: Bad Management Decisions Open a Can of Worms (News Show)

Team17’s decision to dabble in NFTs has empowered employees to talk about the company’s history of workplace problems. Also: Trouble at Intellivision, Microsoft gets ahead of regulation, and SPACs run into problems…

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Episode 117: Earnings are Part of This Complete Breakfast (Earnings Show)

It’s the first bonus earnings episode of the quarter. On this show: Microsoft (and Activision), Capcom, Sony (and Bungie), EA, Nintendo, Unity, Square Enix, and Take-Two. WHEW!

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Episode 116: The Real NFT Was the Friends We Lost Along The Way (News Show)

Another week, another round of companies thinking they can make NFT fetch happen. Also: 35 states back Epic against Apple. Wordle has a new owner, Activision is actively union busting, a bunch of investment stories, and a double dose of FAFO goodness… badness… FAFOness.

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Episode 115: LEGO of Your Crunch Culture (News Show)

TT Games, the studio behind the LEGO games, has a deep history of crunch and bad management. Also, the latest on Activision Blizzard, dispelling the myth of BioWare Magic, and NPD for December and 2021.

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Episode 114: Phil Spencer is Gonna Be Bobby Kotick’s Business Daddy (Bonus Episode)

We’re talking about Microsoft’s planned purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. It’s a lengthy, but poignant, conversation about what’s going on, what it all means, and some questions about the potential impact on the game industry at large. You can support our growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase Virtual Economy merchandise! SOURCES Microsoft…

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Episode 113: So… What Did We Miss? (Season 3 Premiere, News Show)

We’re back for the start of Season 3 with some trends chat from Steam’s Best of 2021 report, PSVR2, the latest labor news, and a whole lot of acquisitions to discuss (Embracer, Take-Two, and Tencent took some big swings). And we need to talk about E3… You can support our growth via our Ko-Fi and…

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Episode 112: Season 2 Finale

It’s our last show of 2021! This week: The Game Awards, GameStop earnings take a fall, a big labor update, November NPD, and more.

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