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Episode 66: How A Daytrader Reddit War Made GameStop the Biggest News of the Week (News Show)

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Release Date: 01/23/2021

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Raw Fury has agreed to a majority acquisition by Swedish investment group Altor. We spoke with Raw Fury founder Jonas Antonsson about the publisher’s growth, its path to acquisition, and how funding will accelerate new projects.

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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.

TIME STAMPS

  • [00:01:37] - MGI purchases KingsIsle Entertainment
  • [00:08:53] - Opera purchases YoYo Games
  • [00:14:05] - Team17 acquires Blacklight Interactive
  • [00:17:01] - Tencent makes significant investment in Klei
  • [00:20:59] - Steam, five publishers fined by EU for geoblocking
  • [00:31:14] - Quick Hits
  • [00:45:55] - Listener Question from Pauleto G
  • [01:00:16] - Resident Evil Showcase
  • [01:13:33] - Vicarious Visions folded into Activision Blizzard
  • [01:19:50] - CD Projekt facing a second investor lawsuit
  • [01:23:15] - Microsoft faces backlash over (and swiftly retracts) Xbox Live price hike
  • [01:35:54] - GameStop’s wacky week and short squeezin’
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