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Virtual Economy

Oct 24, 2020

EA is facing a Canadian loot box class action suit, Bethesda is accused of conspiring to destroy a competitor’s game, and Twitch is angering streamers with its DMCA policy. What a week! Other topics: Take Two places unskippable ads in NBA 2K21, Ubisoft is going all-in on cross-platform progression right before Amazon...


Oct 18, 2020

We know Microsoft is sharing some next-gen revenue with GameStop, but how much? We discuss what we know about the deal, the missing pieces, and how it might impact the retailer’s survival. Other topics: Sony’s new PlayStation party recordings, Microsoft’s new comments about the Bethesda deal, Sega’s indelicate...


Oct 10, 2020

Just five months after release (and, later, a strange un-release), Amazon has killed its second game, Crucible. Other topics include: GameStop’s latest attempt at redemption through a partnership with Microsoft, Epic vs. Apple split the win on the preliminary injunction as Judge Gonzalez Rogers shares some interesting...


Oct 8, 2020

In ten years at Iron Galaxy, co-CEO Chelsea Blasko has helped grow the company from 13 to 175 employees with attention to empathy, emotional care, and making the 175 employees feel valued. The result? No crunch, low turnover, and high job satisfaction. In our discussion, Blasko discusses Iron Galaxy’s initiatives...


Oct 3, 2020

CDPR has broken a promise to clean up its crunch culture, giving us a springboard to talk about why crunch happens, how it hurts developers, and what external forces are acting against studios. Other topics include: Take Two back in court over digital reproductions of tattoos, Ubisoft’s plan to fix Hyperscape,...