Virtual Economy: The Business of Games for the Rest of Us​

The game industry is complex and, you know what, it’s also kind of daunting to learn if you don’t know where to start. Michael Futter and Amanda Farough take those complexities and make them far more accessible, even for folks that don’t work in games. 

If you’re curious about the underpinnings of how video games get made, where the money comes from, and what it all means… we’ve got one heck of a podcast for you.

Recent Episodes

Catch up on the most recent episodes of Virtual Economy here. We’ve also included sources and our show notes for easy reference. 

GDC 2022 #2: Iron Galaxy’s Commitment to a Nurturing Workplace with Chelsea Blasko (Bonus Episode)

Chelsea Blasko returns to Virtual Economy to discuss Iron Galaxy’s expansion into Tennessee and the studio’s ongoing commitment to a healthy workplace.

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GDC 2022 #1: I Fought the Law and the Law Won (Bonus Episode)

In our first of three bonus episodes from GDC 2022, we’re joined by Odin Law’s Brandon Huffman and DLA Piper’s Ryan Black and Tyson Gratton to discuss labor issues,...

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Episode 123: What Sony is *Really* Doing with PlayStation Plus (News Show)

We’re back from GDC and we have a lot to discuss. This week: PlayStation Plus gets a makeover, Bobby Kotick’s buddies accused of insider trading, indie studio bad behavior...

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Episode 122: Activision Blizzard Sued for Wrongful Death (News Show)

Activision Blizzard is accused of participating in a cover-up related to the death of one of its employees at a company retreat. Also: An update on video game industry...

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Bonus Episode 3: A Ukrainian Perspective (Interview with Oleksandr Molodkin)

We spoke with Oleksandr Molodkin from Kyiv-based developer Weasel Token about his family’s experience over the last week and what the game industry can do to assist Ukraine’s fight...

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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…...

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The Hosts of Virtual Economy

Michael Futter

Michael Futter

Show Host & Research
Mike has spent more than a decade in the video game industry as a critic and journalist. In 2013, he joined Game Informer as news editor, covering business and legal stories. After leaving in 2016, he teamed up with Bithell Games to author The GameDev Business Handbook and The GameDev Budgeting Handbook, designed to help demystify foundational business concepts for those starting their own studios.

He has since been freelancing for Polygon, Variety, GameDaily, and GamesBeat on timely business topics while also leveraging his experience to help independent developers with business strategy and pitching. Mike has also worked with AAA developers and publishers on pre-announcement strategy, messaging, and trade show presentation preparation. He has also completed a number of mock previews and reviews.
Amanda Farough

Amanda Farough

Show Host & Producer
Amanda has spent much of the last ten years running businesses, making websites, and writing about video games… usually within a few hours of one another. She’s a dedicated speaker with over a decade of experience and has presented/moderated at a variety of conferences, including DICE Conversations, GamesBeat Summit, Playcrafting’s Women in Games event, GameDaily Connect, PAX East/West, and a smattering of small business, digital marketing, and branding conferences.

These days, Amanda is the co-host of the Virtual Economy podcast, mama at Ready Player Mom (and a Take This ambassador for 2021) on Twitch, business & entertainment writer, and co-host on the Engaged Family Gaming podcast. Amanda also holds a seat on the board of directors at Hit Save! (a video game preservation nonprofit) as Director of Communications.

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