Analysis

Explaining the TriplePoint Video Game Stock Index

This week, TriplePoint PR announced a partnership with S&P Dow Jones to launch a video game industry stock index (INDEXCME: GAMER). With GameStonk™ shining a light on the financial side of the industry, the TriplePoint Video Game Stock Index hits at a perfect moment. It’s also an opportunity to explain more of how financial markets…

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CDProjekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 Failure Cost More Than Just Money

CDProjekt bet that most consumers wouldn’t go through the effort of refunding the broken and disappointing Cyberpunk 2077. They were right. In the company’s recently released financial report for fiscal year 2020, the company touts wild success. It’s not surprising. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a boon for the game industry, with new customers flocking…

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Epic’s Game Store ‘Losses’ Don’t Tell the Whole Story

What is the difference between “losing money” and “investing?” That’s one question the courts will be examining when Epic’s antitrust suit against Apple goes to trial next month. And it’s one that has captivated the game industry over the last week as details of the Epic Game Store’s financials have come to light. Typically when…

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CD Projekt’s Pretty Words are Nothing Without Meaningful Culture Change

CDProjekt Red, despite its parent-company’s status as a public traded corporation, has often been lauded by fans as the scrappy little studio that could. The studio behind the celebrated Witcher franchise has crafted beloved experiences with complex characters and deep narrative branches that many consider to be among the best games of the last generation….

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What PAX Online Must Improve in its Second Year

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly every industry. And while video game makers have largely benefitted from being the only entertainment medium perfectly suited for lockdown, adjacent industries have suffered, especially live events. Some event organizers, like GDC, the Game Devs of Color Expo, and Boston FIG have made exceptional strides in pivoting…

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Beyond Tom Nook: Reflecting on Animal Crossing One Year Later

A year after Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ launch, we examine the cultural zeitgeist and business implications of the game’s incredible successes.

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Discord Wants to Tie the $10 Billion Knot, But Which Suitor is Best?

Reports indicate Discord is looking for a buyer. We look at the potential suitors and how those relationships might look.

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2020’s Biggest Trends … and Where They’re Heading in 2021

Each year, we take a moment to reflect on the trends that defined the past year and what we expect from the coming 12 months.

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