Labor

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 124: Some Activision Shenanigans Afoot in the California Governor’s Office (News Show)

It’s a rapid-fire episode, filled with nerdy chats about pen-and-paper RPGs, which $1-$2B company Jack Tretton is going to eat in a “SPACquisition”, and Gov. Gavin Newsom selling out workers for Activision. You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase Virtual Economy merchandise! TIME STAMPS [00:01:47] – Investment Interlude [00:24:38] –…

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GDC 2022 #2: Iron Galaxy’s Commitment to a Nurturing Workplace with Chelsea Blasko (Bonus Episode)

Chelsea Blasko returns to Virtual Economy to discuss Iron Galaxy’s expansion into Tennessee and the studio’s ongoing commitment to a healthy workplace.

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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 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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