75 episodes

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.

    What Happens When a Developer DMCAs Their Own Game? (News Show)

    What Happens When a Developer DMCAs Their Own Game? (News Show)

    The legal fight between Frogwares and Nacon over The Sinking City gets uglier, with allegations of theft and hacking. Also: Reports of the mythical Switch Pro resurface, Epic adds another family-friendly game to its roster, Twitch releases its first transparency report, more.

    Check out our website (virtualeconcast.com) for full episode show notes, including timestamps.

    • 1 hr
    Stadia: Complete Catastrophe or Mismanaged Mess? (News Show)

    Stadia: Complete Catastrophe or Mismanaged Mess? (News Show)

    Reports on the Stadia project’s inner workings are pouring out, revealing gears rusted with dysfunction. Also: EA cancels Anthem Next (but may have saved Dragon Age in the process), GameStop loses its CFO (but awards him a massive severance), Apple scores a win in court, Sony reorganizes its legendary Japan Studio, and a class-action suit threatens Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda.

    Check out our website (virtualeconcast.com) for full episode show notes, including timestamps.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    The Last Temptation of “DeepF-ingValue” (News Show)

    The Last Temptation of “DeepF-ingValue” (News Show)

    Keith Gill, better known as WallStreetBets’ “DeepF*ingValue” and “RoaringKitty”, testified before congress and has been sued by angry GameStonk investors. We also discuss Phil Harrison’s failed leadership and purposely misleading Stadia developers, Microsoft’s enhanced accessibility offerings, Starbreeze’s turnaround, and Apple trying to rope Valve into its defense.

    Check out our website (virtualeconcast.com) for full episode show notes, including timestamps.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Sure, revenue is great. But have you ever tried engagement? (Earnings Show)

    Sure, revenue is great. But have you ever tried engagement? (Earnings Show)

    In our second earnings show of the quarter, we’re breaking down Bandai Namco, Take-Two, Zynga, Sega Sammy, and Ubisoft.

    Check out our website (virtualeconcast.com) for full episode show notes, including timestamps.

    • 56 min
    E3 Phone Home (News Show)

    E3 Phone Home (News Show)

    With the pandemic still hanging on, a new report corroborates and expands on news we broke in December: E3 is going digital (and it won’t be cheap). Also: EA buys Glu Mobile, Epic scores Kingdom Hearts, CD Projekt hit with a ransomware attack, NPD for January 2021, and more.

    Check out our website (virtualeconcast.com) for full episode show notes, including timestamps.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    How nice are the earnings? Pretty nice. (Earnings Show)

    How nice are the earnings? Pretty nice. (Earnings Show)

    It’s financial reporting season again! We’re breaking down Square Enix, Activision Blizzard, Sony, Unity, EA, and Nintendo. The game industry has thrived during the pandemic, but can it last?

    Check out our website (virtualeconcast.com) for full episode show notes, including timestamps.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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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