Episode 2: Define "Legal" (with Brandon J. Huffman, Odin Law & Media)
Release Date: 03/18/2020
GameStop stock jumped 80% as Redditors threw down with a short-seller analyst firm. We also discuss the Xbox Live price hike, Vicarious Visions’ new home at Blizzard, the EU fining Valve and five publishers, and more.info_outline Episode 65: Lucasfilm Games’ Empire Returns Full Throttle… Indiana (News Show)
Lucasfilm Games is back, and we’re discussing what it all means. We also chat about GameStop’s holiday sales, December 2020 NPD, Steam’s year in review, Riot and Bungie going for the jugular in a lawsuit against a cheat app maker, the Moonrise Fund, 2020’s huge year of investment deals, and more Cyberpunk drama.info_outline Episode 64: Get Lost, 2020. Hello… Oh. Oh no. (News Show)
New year. New season. Virtual Economy is back with a news-filled show covering more Cyberpunk 2077, Raw Fury dropping lots of business documents, our trends predictions for the year, Tencent’s takeover of Leyou, Nintendo’s Next Level Games purchase, and more.info_outline Episode 63: CD Projekt burns bridges with partners, players, and its own future (News show)
CD Projekt has botched Cyberpunk’s launch to get it out the door in 2020. The follow-up has included empty refund promises and throwing platform partners under the bus. We discuss the financial reasons behind the rush and the impact the failures have had on the share price and company value.info_outline Episode 62: GameStop’s Earnings Saved By COVID Tax Credits (News show)
GameStop’s Earnings Saved By COVID Tax Credits (News Show): GameStop reports stronger earnings, but has a one-time tax credit to thank. We also discuss, Cyberpunk’s launch, Twitch’s new safety rules, Activision suing Netflix, and more. We’ll be listing timestamps for each topic moving forward for ease of listening! Enjoy!info_outline Episode 61: BioWare’s Leadership Shakeup and PAX’s Live Event Optimism (News show)
Event company ReedPop has announced ambitious dates for next year’s PAX shows. In an original report, we discuss exhibitor reactions to PAX Online, what went right and wrong, the price of exhibiting at PAX events, and what developers and publishers should consider when choosing which of the many events to allocate.info_outline Episode 60: Getting Accessibility Right (Launch Special with Steve Saylor)
Consultant, critic, and host Steve Saylor joins us to discuss the current state of accessibility in gaming and what the console launches got right (and wrong).info_outline Episode 59: Future Sight: Trends and learnings from the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 launches (Launch Special)
In this bonus episode, we discuss the emerging trends from the console launch and what we’re watching as the generation gets underway. How will the industry evolve around these consoles? Join us and find out what we’re paying attention to.info_outline Episode 58: Capcom leaks, Embracer’s chic, and Apple squeaks (News show)
This terribly named episode is full of Capcom’s ransomware calamity, Apple’s scheming, and Embracer Group’s acquisition spree. Also: Paradox earnings, EA’s Impact Report, another Joy-Con lawsuit, and So. Much. News.info_outline Episode 57: Next-Gen is Now - Xbox Series X and PS5 are HERE (Launch Special)
In our first episode looking at the impact of the new console launches, we welcome But Why Tho's Kate Sanchez and Matt Donahue to discuss the intersection of hardware and game pricing and inclusion. We also have news, including Take-Two’s acquisition of Codemasters and a big chat about the Twitch/DMCA mess.info_outline
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- Mike and Manda chat with Brandon Huffman (@brandonjhuffman) of Odin Law & Media (@OdinLawMedia) about legal considerations during our current social distancing and quarantine situation, including agency issues, work-life balance, and employers’ responsibility to help keep employees safe.
- We also discuss forming a co-op, ownership considerations for user-generated content, and Nvidia’s strange decisions with its GeForce service.
- Indie Spotlight: Unbound Creations (@UnboundCreation) and founder Jakob Kasztalisk talking about “Rain On Your Parade”
- You can wishlist “Rain On Your Parade” on Steam at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1213230/Rain_on_Your_Parade/
- Upcoming Guests:
- Thursday, March 19 - Mat Piscatella, Video Game Industry Analyst at NPD (@matpiscatella)
- Friday, March 20 - Victoria Tran, Communications Director at KitFox Games (@thevtran)
- We’re live on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play Podcasts