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Episode 130: A Soft Boiled Quarter (News Show)

This episode is a bit of all of your faves. We have some interesting earnings stuff to discuss (Embracer Group, EG7, Thunderful, and CD Projket), the labor report is getting saucy, and we get to talk about funding for indies!

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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 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 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 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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2021’s Biggest Trends and Where We’re Heading in 2022 (Part 2)

This Ouroboros of an industry has certainly put us through our paces over the last two years. As Mike detailed in the first part of our trends series, “the game industry was shaped by the latest buzz words, a shift in a major economic territory, consolidation and, most importantly, a growing labor movement that could…

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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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2021’s Biggest Trends … and Where We’re Heading in 2022 (Part 1)

Last year was one of transformation for the game industry and its workers. We’re looking back at 2021 and ahead to 2022 in our annual trends round-up.

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Raw Fury Pulls Back Curtain on Publishing Contracts

How do you know you’re getting a good deal from a publisher if you don’t know what a good deal looks like? Over the years, Raw Fury has built a reputation of being a developer-friendly publisher. Today, the publisher has broken with the game industry’s code of silence, sharing its standard publishing agreement. This gives…

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