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The business of video games can be complicated. In each episode of Virtual Economy, hosts Amanda Farough and Michael Futter break down the biggest business news in the video game industry, feature expert commentary, and highlight up-and-coming indie projects.

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The business of video games can be complicated. In each episode of Virtual Economy, hosts Amanda Farough and Michael Futter break down the biggest business news in the video game industry, feature expert commentary, and highlight up-and-coming indie projects.

    Slurping From The Game Firehose (News Show)

    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!
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    TIME STAMPS
    [00:01:50] - Summer Game Showcase Breakdown and Analysis [00:56:01] - Investment Interlude [00:58:26] - Quick Hits [01:13:24] - Labor Report (Microsoft Labor Neutrality, Activision, EA) [01:25:38] - NPD US Video Game Spending Report for May 2022 [01:35:00] - Double FAFO All Across the Sky (Yeah… yeaaaah…) SOURCES
    CWA, Microsoft Announce Labor Neutrality Agreement | CWA Activision Blizzard - Schedule 14A | SEC Activision Blizzard shareholders vote for public harassment report | Washington Post Electronic Arts - Schedule 14A | SEC NPD for May 2022 | Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) on Twitter $13.5M settlement puts the cost of one Destiny 2 cheater at $2,000 | PCGamer Bungie slaps YouTube takedown impersonator with $7.6M lawsuit | PCGamer

    • 1 hr 45 min
    GameStop is Bleeding (News Show)

    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. 
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    TIME STAMPS
    [00:00:29] - GameStop Earnings [00:06:35] - Investment Interlude [00:10:15] - Quick Hits [00:14:13] - Labor Report [00:23:41] - The Xbox Showcase Pre-Briefing SOURCES
    GameStop Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2022 Results | GameStop Israeli mobile games co Playtika to lay off 250 | Globes Our support is unwavering for our people, our players, and our LGBTQ+ communities | EA Microsoft adopts principles for employee organizing and engagement with labor organizations | Microsoft Activision Retaliated Against Staff, Union Complaint Claims | Bloomberg BioWare contractors in Canada vote unanimously to form union | Polygon Xbox is Building the Gaming Platform for the Next 20 Years | Xbox Wire INVESTMENT INTERLUDE
    EMBRACER GROUP TO CARRY OUT A DIRECTED SHARE ISSUE OF B SHARES RAISING PROCEEDS OF APPROXIMATELY SEK 10.3 BILLION | Embracer Group

    • 34 min
    A Soft Boiled Quarter (News Show)

    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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    TIME STAMPS
    [00:01:41] - Embracer Group Earnings [00:15:12] - EG7 Earnings [00:20:32] - Thunderful Group Earnings [00:24:49] - CD Projekt Earnings [00:26:55] - Investment Interlude [00:31:50] - Quick Hits [00:36:46] - Labor Report [00:47:33] - Sony Discusses the Future of PlayStation SOURCES
    EMBRACER GROUP PUBLISHES FULL YEAR REPORT | Embracer Group WE ARE BUILDING AN ARCHIVE TO EMBRACE THE HISTORY OF GAMES | Embracer Group Interim Report for the Period January 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022 | EG7 Thunderful Group Interim Report January–March 2022 | Thunderful Consolidated Financial Statement of CD Projekt Capital Group for Q1 2022 | CD Projekt Former Activision Blizzard employee appeals $18 million harassment settlement | Engadget Activision Blizzard worker committee demands anti-discrimination reform | Washington Post Activision wrongful death lawsuit dropped | Axios EA Tells Devs It Won't Take Stand On Abortion Rights, Encourages 'Healing Circles' | Kotaku Cursed Mafia III Studio Hangar 13 Hit With New Round Of Layoffs After Canceled Projects | Kotaku INVESTMENT INTERLUDE
    Wonderful games we are supporting… | Bright Gambit Niantic Welcomes SpotX Games, A Miami-based Startup Creating Fun AR Games Using Web3 Technology | Niantic Trailmix + Supercell = ❤ | Trailmix

    • 57 min
    Jim Ryan’s Tone Deaf Meow Meow Storytime Hour (News Show)

    Jim Ryan’s Tone Deaf Meow Meow Storytime Hour (News Show)

    There’s a right way to respond to a civil liberties crisis. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan went a different way. Also: NPD for April 2022, Raven workers vote to unionize as Activision Blizzard draws the NLRB’s ire, Sony discrimination lawsuit is back in play, developers revive anticompetition suit against Valve, Saudi Arabia takes a bite of Nintendo, and more.
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    TIME STAMPS
    [00:01:42] - The Attack in Buffalo and How the Game Industry Played a Role [00:11:00] - Steam Antitrust Suits Revived [00:16:07] - NPD for April 2022 [00:24:40] - Investment Interlude [00:37:41] - Quick Hits [00:53:44] - Labor Report (Activision, Keywords Studiso, Sony’s Non-Stance on Abortion Rights and the Labor Lawsuit, GameStop’s Alleged Misclassification of Workers in NY) [01:18:54] - Listener Questions [01:27:30] - FAFO Award SOURCES
    How Twitch took down Buffalo shooter’s stream in under two minutes | Washington Post BUNGIE STATEMENT ON THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN BUFFALO, NY | Bungie Steam's U.S. antitrust lawsuits fail to get dismissed - now what? | Game Developer (Simon Carless) NPD for April 2022 | Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) on Twitter Raven Software prepares for union vote following months-long campaign | Washington Post Activision Asks Court to Toss California State Harassment Claims | Bloomberg Law KING’S DIVERSITY SPACE TOOL | Activision Blizzard BioWare contractors trying to unionize will no longer be forced to return to the office | The Verge Sony PlayStation Staff Fume Over CEO’s Abortion Comments | Bloomberg (Paywall) After Roe v. Wade cat email gaffe, Sony and Insomniac plan donations | Washington Post Gender discrimination lawsuit against PlayStation returns | Axios GameStop worker sues over alleged labor law violation | Polygon INVESTMENT INTERLUDE
    Behaviour Interactive acquires Seattle’s Midwinter Entertainment | Behaviour Interactive GAMES FUND ONE: Building the Future of Games | a16z Saudi investment fund buys 5 percent stake in Nintendo | Game Developer Can I Play That? x DAGERSystem — May 2022 Update | Can I Play That?

    • 1 hr 31 min
    A Conversation About Preservation with Limited Run & Hit Save

    A Conversation About Preservation with Limited Run & Hit Save

    As the video game industry matures, it's important that we preserve our history to understand where we've been and where we're going. In this conversation with two preservation-minded organizations, we welcome Josh Fairhurst and Joe Modzeleski from Limited Run Games, as well as Jonas Rosland, the Executive Director of video game preservation non-profit, Hit Save. The conversation covers the work both groups are doing in the name of preservation and the tools they are using to save our history.
    Hit Save will be raising money for its preservation efforts on Sunday, May 22, 2022 on its Twitch Channel: Twitch.tv/HitSaveOrg from 9 AM until 1 AM Eastern.

    • 58 min
    You Can Stop Buying GTA V Now (Earnings Show)

    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.
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    TIME STAMPS
    [00:01:46] - Zynga [00:08:58] - Nintendo [00:26:01] - Sony [00:38:30] - EA [00:52:02] - Roblox [00:57:43] - Financial Quick Hits (Bandai Namco, Starbreeze, Remedy) [01:06:53] - Capcom [01:10:48] - Unity [01:15:28] - Sega [01:19:27] - Square Enix [01:26:24] - Take-Two SOURCES
    Zynga Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results | Zynga Nintendo Consolidated Results for the Years Ended March 31, 2021 and 2022 | Nintendo Sony FY2021 Earnings Announcement | Sony Q4 FY22 Earnings Release | EA ROBLOX REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS | Roblox Consolidated Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2022 | Bandai Namco Interim Report Q1 | Starbreeze Steady progress across the game roadmap | Remedy Consolidated Financial Results for the year ended March 31, 2022 | Capcom Unity Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results | Unity Fiscal Year Ended March 22 Results Presentation | Sega Sammy Financial Results Briefing Session | Square Enix Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Strong Results for Fiscal Year 2022 | Take-Two

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

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DantronLesotho ,

Your one stop shop for games business news

The games industry is a very complicated system and Amanda Farough and Michael Futter break it down better than anyone out there. Talks about deals, lawsuits, contracts, stocks, and anything else is covered with expertise, heart, and humor. It’s in my regular rotation and I can’t recommend it enough if you are interested in the games business.

Matthew Mark Glenn ,

Unique Podcast with Valuable Insight

Hosts Amanda and Mike bring a great focus on the business aspect of the video game industry. Their show also features of a wonderful slate of experienced guests that help further explain what goes on behind the games we love to play.

Definitely worth a listen!

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