Podcast: Virtual Economy

Catch up on Virtual Economy’s latest episodes.

Episode 115: LEGO of Your Crunch Culture (News Show)

TT Games, the studio behind the LEGO games, has a deep history of crunch and bad management. Also, the latest on Activision Blizzard, dispelling the myth of BioWare Magic, and NPD for December and 2021.

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Episode 114: Phil Spencer is Gonna Be Bobby Kotick’s Business Daddy (Bonus Episode)

We’re talking about Microsoft’s planned purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. It’s a lengthy, but poignant, conversation about what’s going on, what it all means, and some questions about the potential impact on the game industry at large. You can support our growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase Virtual Economy merchandise! SOURCES Microsoft…

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Episode 113: So… What Did We Miss? (Season 3 Premiere, News Show)

We’re back for the start of Season 3 with some trends chat from Steam’s Best of 2021 report, PSVR2, the latest labor news, and a whole lot of acquisitions to discuss (Embracer, Take-Two, and Tencent took some big swings). And we need to talk about E3… You can support our growth via our Ko-Fi and…

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Episode 112: Season 2 Finale

It’s our last show of 2021! This week: The Game Awards, GameStop earnings take a fall, a big labor update, November NPD, and more.

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Episode 111: Take-Two’s Trademark Shenanigans (News Show)

Take-Two doesn’t want anyone to trademark anything that includes the words “Rockstar” or “Take” or “Two” in a trademark dispute overreach. Also: A big labor update (Activision, Ubisoft, Sony, Microsoft), CD Projekt and EG7 earnings, Tencent in trouble at home, and Marty O’Donnell’s big mea culpa.

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Episode 110: Activision’s Board Must Fire Bobby Kotick

Excellent reporting from the Wall Street Journal and others have further exposed Activision’s c-suite crisis, as Microsoft and Sony call Bobby Kotick to account. Also: Embracer Group, Paradox, and Thunderful earnings and a FAFO award!

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Episode 109: Yearnings for Earnings (News Show)

It’s the end of earnings season! This week: Sega, Konami, Digital Bros/505 Games, Remedy, Starbreeze, Roblox, Zynga, Unity. Also: NPD for October 2021, a FAFO award, and a bunch of quick hits!

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Episode 108: Devolver Whips It Real Good (News Show)

Devolver Digital makes the move from indie to public company. Also: Take-Two, EA, Nintendo, Square Enix earnings, Blizzard loses its best hope for reform, Ubisoft employees call on the public for help, and Bowser is owes Nintendo $4.5M (and wins this week’s FAFO Award).

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Episode 107: Bobby Kotick Starring in… Accountability Theatre (News Show)

While Bobby Kotick takes a bow on his paycut, the stage manager is holding up a sign that says “He just got a $155 million payday!” Also: Sony, Microsoft, and Capcom earnings, the end of PAX South, Australian game developers take a stand against crypto and NFTs, and more. You can support Virtual Economy’s growth…

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Episode 106: Activision Blizzard Can’t Slip the Hook (News Show)

Activision Blizzard has tried and failed to pause the lawsuit brought by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Also: NPD acquired, death threats hit Abandoned dev Blue Box, Microsoft still hungry for more acquisitions, and Unity makes moves.

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