Virtual Economy

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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Episode 74: What Happens When a Developer DMCAs Their Own Game? (News Show)

The legal fight between Frogwares and Nacon over The Sinking City is getting ugly with allegations of theft and hacking. Also: Reports of the mythical Switch Pro resurface, Epic adds another family-friendly game to its roster, Twitch releases its…

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Episode 73: Stadia: Complete Catastrophe or Mismanaged Mess? (News Show)

Reports on the Stadia project’s inner workings are pouring out, revealing gears rusted with dysfunction. Also: EA cancels Anthem Next (but may have saved Dragon Age in the process), GameStop loses its CFO (but awards him a massive severance), Apple…

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Episode 72: The Last Temptation of “DeepF-ingValue” (News Show)

Keith Gill, better known as WallStreetBets’ “DeepF*ingValue” and “RoaringKitty”, testified before congress and has been sued by angry GameStonk investors. We also discuss Phil Harrison’s failed leadership and purposely misleading Stadia…

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Episode 71: Sure, revenue is great. But have you ever tried engagement? (Earnings Show)

In our second earnings show of the quarter, we’re breaking down Bandai Namco, Take-Two, Zynga, Sega Sammy, and Ubisoft. TIME STAMPS [00:01:07] – Bandai Namco [00:12:26] – Take-Two [00:24:03] – Zynga [00:36:41] – Sega Sammy [00:41:59] – Ubisoft …

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Episode 70: E3 Phone Home (News Show)

With the pandemic still hanging on, a new report corroborates and expands on news we broke in December: E3 is going digital (and it won’t be cheap). Also: EA buys Glu Mobile, Epic scores Kingdom Hearts, CD Projekt hit with a ransomware attack, NPD…

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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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