Microsoft

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.

Read More

Episode 138: Amazon and EA: Will They Do The Horizontal Mambo? (News Show)

A drama-filled Friday saw the huge news of a major acquisition… followed by a debunking and walkback that we’ll be talking about for some time. Also: Sony jacks the price of PS5, Chinese giants make investments in Quantic Dream and FromSoftware, and a discussion on how M&A is impacting smaller publishers.

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 132: Slurping From The Game Firehose (News Show)

There was a lot to learn from the 2022 Keigh3 / Not-E3 / Game Mess showcases, and we’ve got beefy trend analysis for you! Also: NPD for May 2022, Microsoft takes more union-positive steps, EA and Ubisoft slash executive compensation, Activision shareholders do lots wrong (but one thing right), and a double FAFO!

Read More

Episode 131: GameStop is Bleeding (News Show)

GameStop revenues are up, but other indicators are looking ugly. Also, Microsoft takes steps toward supporting unions, Xbox cloud gaming evolves, EA tries to repair Pride damage and more.  You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase Virtual Economy merchandise! TIME STAMPS [00:00:29] – GameStop Earnings [00:06:35] – Investment Interlude [00:10:15]…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

2020’s Biggest Trends … and Where They’re Heading in 2021

Each year, we take a moment to reflect on the trends that defined the past year and what we expect from the coming 12 months.

Read More