Series: Virtual Economy

Catch up on Virtual Economy’s latest episodes.

Episode 105: Corporations Are Not Your Friends (News Show)

This week, we’re talking about big corporations, performative allyship, and why they aren’t your friends. Yes, that social media account is funny and has a rainbow version of their logo. No, the executives often don’t know or care about it. On this episode, we discussed Twitch, MercurySteam, the latest on the Activision Blizzard lawsuits, and…

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Episode 104: So… We Heard You Like Money (News Show)

I know. We don’t call. We don’t write. Life has been a little bananas. BUT WE’RE BACK! We’re catching up with a bunch of investment news and quick hits to set the table for a return to our regular schedule on Saturday. In this episode: Sony (finally) confirms its acquisition of Bluepoint, Netflix makes moves, and there’s some weirdness around a rumored Nintendo 4K dev kit.

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Episode 103: Bobby Kotick Got Subpoenaed By The SEC… LET’S GOOOOOO! (News Show)

Activision Blizzard is pissing off all the wrong people, including government regulatory agencies. Also: Twitch covers its butt with the music industry, high fashion comes to Fortnite, and Apple shuts down Epic’s hope of recovering its developer accounts and getting Fortnite back on the App Store.

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Episode 102: Activision Blizzard Did a Labor No No… Again (News Show)

Activision Blizzard is the subject of employee-driven National Labor Relations Board charges of anti-worker activity. Also: An update on Paradox and its union survey of work conditions in Sweden, NPD for August 2021, and App Annie is slapped with an SEC fine.

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Episode 101: How to Destroy Your Studio’s Reputation With One Tweet (News Show)

On this week’s show: Tripwire Interactive CEO tanks his studio’s reputation with a single tweet before showing himself the door, Epic vs Apple is over (and Apple mostly won), Twitch sues hate raiders as it scrambles to do evidence it’s doing…

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Episode 100: We Did Not Make an NFT of This Show (News Show)

It’s our 100th episode! Thank you to everyone who has listened and supported us! This week: The graded collectible game bubble, the scar of Cyberpunk 2077’s failed launch, China’s tightened youth gaming restrictions, and more. You can support…

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Episode 99: Maybe Don’t Abuse Steam’s Refund System (News Show)

You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our and also purchase ! TIME STAMPS [00:01:01] – EA makes five accessibility patents available for free [00:14:38] – Unity employees speak up about company’s military contracts [00:32:49] – Investment…

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Bonus: #TwitchDoBetter with RekItRaven

Twitch is failing marginalized creators as instances of hate raids, harassment, and virulent toxicity have spiked on the platform. Content creator and #TwitchDoBetter originator RekItRaven joins us to discuss. You can support Virtual Economy’s…

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Episode 98: Fighting For the Little Guy… By Stealing Their Ideas (News Show)

Epic Games is under fire for wholesale copying Innersloth’s Among Us for a new Fortnite Mode. Also: the latest on Activision Blizzard, earnings updates (Starbreeze, Remedy, Paradox, Unity, Roblox, Embracer Group), NPD, and more. You can support…

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Bonus: Raw Fury’s Future with Jonas Antonsson

Raw Fury has agreed to a majority acquisition by Swedish investment group Altor. We spoke with Raw Fury founder Jonas Antonsson about the publisher’s growth, its path to acquisition, and how funding will accelerate new projects. You can support…

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