Virtual Economy

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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Episode 85: Buckle up for EARNINGSPALOOZA! (Earnings Show)

It’s our biggest earnings show ever, as we cover 12 different companies. Don’t worry, though. We’re also introducing Financial Quick Hits. Up this week: Paradox, Ubisoft, Digital Bros., Roblox, Starbreeze, Bandai Namco, Unity, Remedy, Knomai,…

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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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