Virtual Economy

Episode 59: Future Sight: Trends and learnings from the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 launches (Launch Special)

In this bonus episode, we discuss the emerging trends from the console launch and what we’re watching as the generation gets underway. How will the industry evolve around these consoles? Join us and find out what we’re paying attention to.

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Episode 58: Capcom leaks, Embracer’s chic, and Apple squeaks (News show)

This terribly named episode is full of Capcom’s ransomware calamity, Apple’s scheming, and Embracer Group’s acquisition spree. Also: Paradox earnings, EA’s Impact Report, another Joy-Con lawsuit, and So. Much. News. Apple will reduce App…

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Episode 57: Next-Gen is Now – Xbox Series X and PS5 are HERE (Launch Special)

In our first episode looking at the impact of the new console launches, we welcome But Why Tho’s Kate Sanchez and Matt Donahue to discuss the intersection of hardware and game pricing and inclusion. We also have news, including Take-Two’s…

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Episode 56: Take-Two Doesn’t Believe In Subscriptions (Earnings Show)

In our second big earnings show of the reporting period, we break down what went right at Nintendo, EA, and Take-Two, and what went… not so well at Sega and Square Enix. EA is about to make bank on its EA Play service thanks to its Game Pass…

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Episode 55: You Can’t Buy PS5 In Stores. Thanks, 2020. (News Show)

Sony is taking extraordinary precautions in the face of COVID-19. If you want a console this year, you’re going to need to purchase it online. With Xbox Series X and PS5 out next week, we look at a few things players can expect. Curve Digital…

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Episode 54: Pandemics Are Terrible… Unless You’re a Video Game Investor (Earnings Show)

It’s a new season of earnings reports, and we’ve got what you need to know about Microsoft ($MSFT), Sony ($SNE), Capcom, Ubisoft, and Activision ($ATVI). We’re looking at trends as we head into the next generation of console hardware. Capcom Q2…

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Episode 53: Cyberpunk’s Delay Means More Crunch For Developers (News Show)

CD Projekt Red has continued to prioritize product over people. We discuss the dishonesty around the game’s development and how 21 more days of development is 21 more days of crunch. We also discuss the benefits and problems with GameStop’s…

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Episode 52: EA’s Getting Sued for Loot Boxes, eh (News Show)

EA is facing a Canadian loot box class action suit, Bethesda is accused of conspiring to destroy a competitor’s game, and Twitch is angering streamers with its DMCA policy. What a week! Other topics: Take Two places unskippable ads in NBA 2K21,…

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Episode 51: Is Microsoft Throwing GameStop a Life Preserver? (News Show)

We know Microsoft is sharing some next-gen revenue with GameStop, but how much? We discuss what we know about the deal, the missing pieces, and how it might impact the retailer’s survival. Other topics: Sony’s new PlayStation party recordings,…

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Episode 50: Amazon’s Crucible is Dead (News Show)

Just five months after release (and, later, a strange un-release), Amazon has killed its second game, Crucible. Other topics include: GameStop’s latest attempt at redemption through a partnership with Microsoft, Epic vs. Apple split the win on the…

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