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Episode 140: E3, WISE FWOM YAW GWAVE (News Show)

E3 lives, Stadia dies, and Twitch continues to make bad moves that alienate its community. Also: Saudi Arabia and Tencent look to step up investments, and a beefy labor report.

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Episode 139: Yves Guillemot Can’t Fix Ubisoft’s Culture Problems (News Show)

Ubisoft leadership has all but given up on fixing the company’s culture as Tencent increases its ownership stake. Also: NPD for August 2022, GameStop bleeds, Square Enix reconsiders how it approaches studio ownership, 343 loses its leader, and Microsoft and Sony continue to butt heads in the UK over Activision acquisition.

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Episode 134: GameStop and Unity Want Those Payoffs for Layoffs (News Show)

GameStop and Unity are making ugly moves, drawing the ire of consumers and developers. Also: E3 returns as the ESA gives up on being an event organizer, a surprisingly meaty list of new investments, NPD for June 2022, another Activision studio moves to unionize, and a double FAFO!

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Episode 133: The Video Game Industry Celebrated Pride with a Bear Market (News Show)

The Video Game Industry Celebrated Pride with a Bear Market (News Show): The pandemic boon is quickly becoming a memory as inflation, rising prices, and a thin release slate put pressure on developers and publishers. Also: Activision workers list demands for workplace safety, the Communications Workers of America back Microsoft’s Activision acquisition, and Québec may be set to quash its local game scene.

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Episode 127: The Game Industry Is Deathly Quiet on Abortion Rights (News Show)

The game industry loves to trot out its support for Women’s History Month, but most companies are avoiding standing up for abortion rights. It’s time for developers and publishers to take a stand. Also: Paradox earnings, Fortnite is back on iOS and Android (thanks to Microsoft), the war for Turtle Beach, NYC sues Activision, and…

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Episode 126: Square Enix’s Shocking Western Sell-Off (News Show)

Square Enix bids farewell to its western CEO and studios, but Embracer is ready to hug ‘em tight. Also: Sony makes the new PS+ even more confusing, Activision shareholders sign-off on acquisition, and more.

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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 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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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 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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