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Virtual Economy

Apr 10, 2021

Discord and Twitch are both grappling with the responsibility to keep their platforms safe after usership jumped during the pandemic. Also: 505 Games earnings (and Death Stranding’s strong PC performance), E3’s thin roster, and’s creator-curated marketplaces.


  • [00:01:21] - E3 2021 plans start...

Apr 3, 2021

Microsoft made waves with a big Game Pass announcement that has rankled some consumers. Also: Sony’s storefront closures, Activision’s right-wing hires, CD Projekt changes course, E3’s failed attempt to get member publishers to agree to paywalled content, and PAX Online replaces PAX East (and what must happened to...

Mar 27, 2021

Multiple reports put Discord in talks with Microsoft and others. We also review GameStop’s earnings, Sony’s stunning silence on a report that it’s closing three digital storefronts, Majesco’s return to retail, and more.


  • [00:02:18] - Sony is reportedly set to shutdown PS3, PSP, and Vita digital...

Mar 20, 2021

Activision is posting record quarters. Its CEO has been awarded approximately $200 million in bonuses. The company just laid off at least 50 people in the middle of a pandemic. Also: EA’s FIFA Ultimate Team problem, Riot’s CEO cleared of harassment allegations, a ton of M&A news, and more.


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Mar 6, 2021

The legal fight between Frogwares and Nacon over The Sinking City is getting ugly 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.


  • [00:00:45] - Epic purchases...