Podcast: Virtual Economy

Catch up on Virtual Economy’s latest episodes.

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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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… news… um… OKAY!  Call of Duty hits some bumps, Nintendo makes an acquisition, Paradox and EG7 earnings, and how YOU can help fight discrimination in Texas…

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Episode 120: Does Nintendo Have an Obligation to Preserve Its Legacy? (News Show)

It’s almost time to say goodbye to the 3DS and Wii U eShops… but what about all that lost software? Also: Microsoft moved fast to acquire Activision when stocks tanked, Team17 promises change, Paradox has hard work ahead, and the NLRB hears arguments on Raven QA unionization.

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Episode 119: Get That Bread (Earnings Show)

Earnings season continues! In this episode, we breakdown Sega, Remedy, Zynga, Roblox, Starbreeze, and Embracer Group’s latest earnings.

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Episode 118: Bad Management Decisions Open a Can of Worms (News Show)

Team17’s decision to dabble in NFTs has empowered employees to talk about the company’s history of workplace problems. Also: Trouble at Intellivision, Microsoft gets ahead of regulation, and SPACs run into problems…

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Episode 117: Earnings are Part of This Complete Breakfast (Earnings Show)

It’s the first bonus earnings episode of the quarter. On this show: Microsoft (and Activision), Capcom, Sony (and Bungie), EA, Nintendo, Unity, Square Enix, and Take-Two. WHEW!

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Episode 116: The Real NFT Was the Friends We Lost Along The Way (News Show)

Another week, another round of companies thinking they can make NFT fetch happen. Also: 35 states back Epic against Apple. Wordle has a new owner, Activision is actively union busting, a bunch of investment stories, and a double dose of FAFO goodness… badness… FAFOness.

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