47 episodes

Gaming explained. Ever wonder how video games are made? Or how the most popular livestreamers and YouTubers go viral? Former ESPN, award-winning journalist Jacob Wolf and Overcome comes Visionaries, a new twice-weekly podcast that takes you deep inside the inner workings of the fastest-growing sector of entertainment with interviews of the powers driving it all. Hear from your favorite content creators, game developers, pro gamers and others who shape the media we consume today. No question is off the table.

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Gaming explained. Ever wonder how video games are made? Or how the most popular livestreamers and YouTubers go viral? Former ESPN, award-winning journalist Jacob Wolf and Overcome comes Visionaries, a new twice-weekly podcast that takes you deep inside the inner workings of the fastest-growing sector of entertainment with interviews of the powers driving it all. Hear from your favorite content creators, game developers, pro gamers and others who shape the media we consume today. No question is off the table.

    Is 'The Last of Us' Finally Breaking the Video Game Adaptation Curse?

    Is 'The Last of Us' Finally Breaking the Video Game Adaptation Curse?

    'The Last of Us' recorded HBO's second-most watched premiere of the past 13 years, behind only 'Game of Thrones' spin-off 'House of the Dragon.' An adaptation of the 2013 video game of the same title, the $100 million post-apocalyptic zombie drama may just be breaking the video game curse of bad translation from small screen to big screen. What's so different about it? And why are video games the hottest new thing in Hollywood? Emmy award-winning podcast host Jason Concepcion joins the show to share his thoughts.
    "The technology got to the point where you can make this stuff look good on television. Second, 'Game of Thrones' proved fantasy could really make hay with a television audience in a huge way, in an international way. Maybe with 'The Last of Us' now, you're seeing the same thing with video games."
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    • 55 min
    Why Microsoft, Google and Others are Laying off Thousands of People

    Why Microsoft, Google and Others are Laying off Thousands of People

    So far in 2023, the likes of Google, Microsoft and others have laid off tens of thousands of employees, with some in the gaming industry. Each day there's new news of layoffs and on this episode of 'Visionaries', Washington Post reporter Shannon Liao joins Jacob to discuss the layoffs and what they mean for the tech, entertainment and gaming industries at large.
    "A lot of this is due to the pending recession that hasn't happened yet that people are worried about and they're thinking the market is going to contract. To correct for that, as the prices of milk and everything increases, the companies—and a lot of these are public companies—want to keep profitability up and look good for their shareholders, for investors and their next earnings call."
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Riot Games Built a Genre-Defining Game In Less Than Six Months

    How Riot Games Built a Genre-Defining Game In Less Than Six Months

    If you're into games, chances are you've played—or at least heard of—League of Legends and its developer Riot Games. Despite League's success, though, Riot famously didn't publish any other titles for the first 10 years of its company's existence. That is, until it got inspired by a group who created a mod for one of its competitors, Dota. In less than six months, a small scrappy team at the California developer built Teamfight Tactics, a spinoff digital board game that mixes chess with slot machines and inspiration from card games. Now it's one of the studio's most successful titles. It's lead designer, Stephen "Mortdog" Mortimer, joins the break down the genre-defining game, how its maintained and how the team finds inspiration for new ideas.
    "TFT's success is about novelty and new experiences. If you come back and everything feels the same, you're kind of like, 'Yeah, I've kind of seen it before.' What you're looking for is those new unique experiences that excite you."
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Embattled Panda CEO Alan Bunney Faults Nintendo for 'Super Smash Bros.' Cancellations

    Embattled Panda CEO Alan Bunney Faults Nintendo for 'Super Smash Bros.' Cancellations

    In November, the community-organized 'Super Smash Bros.' esports circuit Smash World Tour canceled its finale event just two weeks before its kickoff date, citing legal concerns stemming from conversations with the game's publisher Nintendo. But the organizers behind the event also made another accusation: the CEO of their biggest competitor, Panda's Alan Bunney, had threatened 'Melee' and 'Ultimate' grassroots organizers on behalf of Nintendo, who his organization partnered with in 2022. In an intense set of events, Bunney resigned in fear in December and issued a statement scolding the Smash World Tour organizers and tournament broadcaster Beyond the Summit. Now, he joins Jacob for his first-ever interview in the wake of the scandal.
    "The shadow of Nintendo behind us made [our competitors feel threatened.] You have to keep in mind I was working towards phasing myself out. The only thing connecting any distrust people had was me."
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried Won't Go to Prison & Other 2023 Predictions

    FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried Won't Go to Prison & Other 2023 Predictions

    Visionaries is back! 2022 capped off as one of the biggest year's ever for gaming entertainment, but for esports, the year was less than kind. What will happen in 2023? Award-winning investigative journalist Jacob Wolf and producer Prem Thottumkara sit down to dole out their big predictions for 2023. After allegedly stealing millions of dollars in customer funds, will 30-year-old notorious crypto count Sam Bankman-Fried actually see prison time? Will FaZe Clan, amid financial uncertainty, make it until the end of the year without additional financing? All this and more in Visionaries 2023 prediction episode.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Why the General Manager of Esports' Most Valuable Team Left to Start a Consulting Firm

    Why the General Manager of Esports' Most Valuable Team Left to Start a Consulting Firm

    Parth Naidu is the former general manager of esports organization TSM, which Forbes estimated in May is worth $540 million. After nearly a decade with the team, Parth decided to move on last fall and now, he's launched a consulting firm, Sido, focusing on tackling some of esports' most challenging issues.
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    • 1 hr

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An Esports Podcast with Substance

Visionaries features interesting conversations with notable individuals in esports. Developers, pro gamers, and content creators discuss their careers and the challenges that come from navigating the competitive and ever-changing esports landscape.

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Breath of fresh air

Everyone wants to tell the hard-hitting stories and have the meaningful conversations. But with the world the way it is today, few are afforded those opportunities. I love seeing that an established name like Jacob is taking his platform and influence and using it to fill a much-needed hole in the esports journalism space.

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