Earnings

Episode 137: Embracer Group Ate Middle-earth Enterprises for Second Breakfast (News Show)

Embracer Group’s latest spending spree nets them one of the world’s most recognizable IPs (and much more). Also: Unity slumps amid hostile takeover, Take-Two posts losses on Zynga acquisition, Nintendo is in the hot seat again, Activision commits to the union-busting bit, and NPD for July 2022 as spending continues its slide back to pre-pandemic levels.

Read More

Episode 136: Activision Is Bleeding Players (News Show)

Call of Duty is in a slump, and Activision is waiting out the clock until the acquisition having reportedly canceled a long in-development mobile World of Warcraft game. Also: Earnings, GameStop’s terrible NFT marketplace, Square Enix’s bananas comments about its former Western teams, and more.

Read More

Episode 135: Minecraft Tells NFT Twerps to Go ‘Block’ Themselves (News Show)

Minecraft is taking a hard line against those who would abuse the game with crypto and blockchain schemes. Also: Earnings season begins with Capcom, Microsoft, and Sony, ABK workers walkout again, Rockstar on the mend, and Meta jacks the price of the Quest 2 by $100.

Read More

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!

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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!

Read More

CDProjekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 Failure Cost More Than Just Money

CDProjekt bet that most consumers wouldn’t go through the effort of refunding the broken and disappointing Cyberpunk 2077. They were right. In the company’s recently released financial report for fiscal year 2020, the company touts wild success. It’s not surprising. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a boon for the game industry, with new customers flocking…

Read More