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Episode 90: Bobby Kotick is Paid too Much (News Show)

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Release Date: 06/19/2021

Episode 102: Activision Blizzard Did a Labor No No… Again (News Show)  show art Episode 102: Activision Blizzard Did a Labor No No… Again (News Show)

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Activision Blizzard is the subject of employee-driven National Labor Relations Board charges of anti-worker activity. Also: An update on Paradox and its union survey of work conditions in Sweden, NPD for August 2021, and App Annie is slapped with an SEC fine.

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Episode 101: How to Destroy Your Studio’s Reputation With One Tweet (News Show) show art Episode 101: How to Destroy Your Studio’s Reputation With One Tweet (News Show)

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On this week’s show: Tripwire Interactive CEO tanks his studio’s reputation with a single tweet before showing himself the door, Epic vs Apple is over (and Apple mostly won), Twitch sues hate raiders as it scrambles to do evidence it’s doing anything to stop harassment on its platform, Paradox employees speak out against toxicity, and more.

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Episode 100: We Did Not Make an NFT of This Show (News Show)  show art Episode 100: We Did Not Make an NFT of This Show (News Show)

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It’s our 100th episode! Thank you to everyone who has listened and supported us! This week: The graded collectible game bubble, the scar of Cyberpunk 2077’s failed launch, China’s tightened youth gaming restrictions, and more.

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Episode 99: Maybe Don’t Abuse Steam’s Refund System (News Show) show art Episode 99: Maybe Don’t Abuse Steam’s Refund System (News Show)

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Steam’s refund policy is great… until people start abusing it and hurting small developers. Also: EA offers up accessibility patents for free, Apple does the bare minimum to ward off lawsuits, and Unity employees take a stand.

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Bonus: #TwitchDoBetter with RekItRaven show art Bonus: #TwitchDoBetter with RekItRaven

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Twitch is failing marginalized creators as instances of hate raids, harassment, and virulent toxicity have spiked on the platform. Content creator and #TwitchDoBetter originator RekItRaven joins us to discuss.

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Episode 98: Fighting For the Little Guy… By Stealing Their Ideas (News Show)  show art Episode 98: Fighting For the Little Guy… By Stealing Their Ideas (News Show)

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Epic Games is under fire for wholesale copying Innersloth’s Among Us for a new Fortnite Mode. Also: the latest on Activision Blizzard, earnings updates (Starbreeze, Remedy, Paradox, Unity, Roblox, Embracer Group), NPD, and more.

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Bonus: Raw Fury’s Future with Jonas Antonsson show art Bonus: Raw Fury’s Future with Jonas Antonsson

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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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Episode 97: What Goes Up… (Earnings Show) show art Episode 97: What Goes Up… (Earnings Show)

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The pandemic isn’t over, but as the world starts to reopen, gaming revenue starts to settle into a new normal. We discuss Take-Two, Nintendo, Sony, EA, Zynga, Sega, and Square Enix.

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Episode 96: How Not to Fire 150 People (News Show)  show art Episode 96: How Not to Fire 150 People (News Show)

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Xsolla decided it would be a great idea to fire 150 people via email, publicly shame them, and then threaten its remaining staff. Also: the latest on Activision Blizzard, why indies aren’t immune from toxic environments, and more.

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Episode 95: Activision Blizzard Leadership Has Failed (News Show)  show art Episode 95: Activision Blizzard Leadership Has Failed (News Show)

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Activision Blizzard leadership continues to fail in its response to the California DFEH lawsuit and its own employees. Ubisoft employees are renewing their demands for change and a seat at the table. Also: Microsoft and Capcom earnings.

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That’s right! We’re talking about absurd executive compensation again! Also: Roblox is facing a $200 million music infringement suit, GameStop hires a new CEO, and EA pilots a new loot box as regulators scrutinize in-game monetization.

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TIME STAMPS

  • [00:01:37] - Insomniac proves you can make a great game without crunching
  • [00:05:50] - An update on allegations against Scavengers Studio
  • [00:10:00] - Roblox faces $200M music copyright infringement lawsuit
  • [00:14:25] - NPD Report for May 2021
  • [00:20:28] - Investment Interlude
  • [00:30:03] - Quick Hits
  • [00:42:04] - Activision delays Say on Pay vote, as CtW increases pressure
  • [00:48:34] - GameStop Q1 2021 Earnings
  • [00:52:54] - EA pilots more transparent loot boxes in FIFA Ultimate Team

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