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Episode 128: You Can Stop Buying GTA V Now (Earnings Show)

No really. They’ve sold 165 million copies. Do you really need more? It’s a busy earnings show, but we coast through it smooth as Strauss Zelnick’s haircut. On this episode: Zynga, Nintendo, Sony, EA, Roblox, Bandai Namco, Starbreeze, Remedy, Capcom, Unity, Sega, Square Enix, and Take-Two. You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our Ko-Fi…

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Episode 127: The Game Industry Is Deathly Quiet on Abortion Rights (News Show)

The game industry loves to trot out its support for Women’s History Month, but most companies are avoiding standing up for abortion rights. It’s time for developers and publishers to take a stand. Also: Paradox earnings, Fortnite is back on iOS and Android (thanks to Microsoft), the war for Turtle Beach, NYC sues Activision, and…

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Episode 126: Square Enix’s Shocking Western Sell-Off (News Show)

Square Enix bids farewell to its western CEO and studios, but Embracer is ready to hug ‘em tight. Also: Sony makes the new PS+ even more confusing, Activision shareholders sign-off on acquisition, and more.

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Episode 125: Activision Union Busters Rack Up Another L (News Show)

QA workers at Activision-owned Raven Software have been given the go-ahead from the NLRB to unionize. Also: Hardware supply continues to be challenging according to latest NPD report, Nintendo is facing its own labor issues, and Sony scores a partial victory in court.

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Episode 124: Some Activision Shenanigans Afoot in the California Governor’s Office (News Show)

It’s a rapid-fire episode, filled with nerdy chats about pen-and-paper RPGs, which $1-$2B company Jack Tretton is going to eat in a “SPACquisition”, and Gov. Gavin Newsom selling out workers for Activision. You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase Virtual Economy merchandise! TIME STAMPS [00:01:47] – Investment Interlude [00:24:38] –…

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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, acquisitions, and the massive legal issues with the “play-to-earn” concept pushed by blockchain and NFT enthusiasts.

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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 in the spotlight, and Sony’s own labor issues mount as more women come forward. You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase…

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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 action over Ukraine crisis, Epic purchases Bandcamp, Intellivision in trouble, and more.

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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 against Russia’s invasion.

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