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Welcome to the "Speaking of Wealth" podcast showcasing profit strategies for speakers, publishers, authors, consultants, and info-marketers. Learn valuable skills to make your business more successful, more passive, more automated, and more scalable. Your host, Jason Hartman interviews top-tier guests, bestselling authors and experts including; Dan Poynter (The Self-Publishing Manual), Harvey Mackay (Swim With The Sharks & Get Your Foot in the Door), Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) ...
 
Welcome to the Start a Tab Podcast (insert echo). A show where three idiots (who sometimes invite more idiots) banter over brews on topics regarding movies, entertainment, politics, and everything in between. So order your drink choice and join us on this adventure as we #StartaTab
 
Get ready to experience the thoughts of a Real Grown Man who's been through it all. Living the street life, becoming a professional boxer to now working in corporate America. 4Real with his Co-Host Xoe and Lo Pro give you an unfiltered view of life from the perspective of a Real Grown Man.Podcast powered by Spreaker. Go to www.spreaker.com/create
 
The College Sports Hour, hosted by Clint McPherson and co-host Greg Dixon takes listeners inside the Division I College Football, Basketball, and Baseball landscape. The podcast includes analysis and coverage of D-I sporting events by two dudes who love sports. The College Sports Hour is your ultimate stop for all things D-I Football, Basketball, and Baseball related. We make weekly predictions and discuss all of the top stories, from who is going to win the College Football Playoff to who i ...
 
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NPD’s Mat Piscatella joins us again. This time, we’re discussing PlayStation 5 pricing, the messy pre-order rollout, and the August NPD report. We also discuss the Oculus Quest 2 (and whether it’s worth your money), Unity’s IPO, and Razer leaking 100,000 people’s personal information. We also have a hard discussion about Hogwarts Legacy, ethical co…
 
After a series of leaks, the stalemate is over. Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox Series S and pricing for it and the Xbox Series X. NPD’s Mat Piscatella joins us again to discuss. Other topics include: GameStop earnings, an update on Epic vs. Apple, Ubisoft’s latest blunder, and a report about some staffing problems at Paradox. Paradox Interactive'…
 
Phil Harvey is today’s guest, discussing his recent book and a few ways that tax dollars are distributed to some for questionable reasons. Phil shares everything from billionaires receiving million-dollar payouts for owning farmland to customers paying double the price of sugar in the local grocery store. Book: Welfare for the Rich: How Your Tax Do…
 
NPD number magician Mat Piscatella joins us to discuss the fact that it’s September and we still don’t have Xbox Series X and PS5 console prices. Other topics: Goodbye to Vlambeer, Warner Bros. Interactive won’t be sold, Ubisoft’s latest major mess-up, and Nvidia’s pricing for the 30 Series GPUs. Skullgirls Developer Lays Off Everyone Who Hadn't Al…
 
Nikita Danshin and Aleksandra Korabelnikova, co-founders of Eggnut, tell us how they pitched Backbone to publishers, why they chose to team up with Raw Fury, and what they’ve learned along the way. You can find Aleks’ updates on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/backbonegame And follow Nikita on Twitter, as well (even though his hilarious audio clip …
 
Epic and Apple both walk away from the restraining order hearing with a piece of what they wanted. Now we wait until the end of September for the next courtroom showdown. We also discuss Lab Zero’s implosion, Unity’s IPO, and Frogwares’ falling out with Big Ben/Nacon. Why We Fight (Epic, Updated 8/26/20): https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/fortni…
 
Kirky Galt, Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Creative Real Estate Copy, and Host of Real Estate Thought Leadership Podcast, joins Jason Hartman today, discussing marketing tactics in real estate. As well, how will developers reshape commercial real estate for the ever-growing need for real estate? Kirky iterates time and again to generate valu…
 
Two recipients of The Galaxy Fund join us to talk about their experiences securing prototype funding as well as their paths in game development. Episode 27: The Galaxy Fund - https://virtualeconomy.libsyn.com/episode-27-the-galaxy-fund-with-evvakarr Donate to the Galaxy Fund - https://www.gofundme.com/f/game-prototype-fund Geneva's Studio: https://…
 
The Epic vs. Apple showdown heats up. We’ll get you caught up on everything you need to know. Other topics: EA facing an Ultimate Team lawsuit, 505 doubles down on anti-consumer behavior, and a discussion about how (not) to report a story about alleged company abuses. Tencent acquires minority stake in Voodoo (GamesIndustry): https://www.gamesindus…
 
Jason Hartman interviews Bob Bly, author of over 100 books. Today, Bob discusses how to get traffic to your website, convert people, and have a more successful business. Bob shares tips and tricks about SEO placement and different uses of marketing to build your multi-channel program. Bob and Jason also discuss the customer experience and the impor…
 
We’re talking about executive pay again, as EA and Activision shareholders start to speak up about outsized compensation packages! We also discuss Halo Infinite’s delay and how Microsoft will adapt, the leaked Xbox Series X|S controller and release date, Warner Bros. layoffs as WBIE appears to be staying put, and 505’s unpopular decision to limit C…
 
CCP Games is studying how its complex EVE Online is helping players take valuable in-game skills like supply chain management out into the real world. Find out how CCP is working to help HR professionals understand the value of gaming when evaluating hiring candidates. Demystifying gamers for HR (András Horváth): https://medium.com/@andrshorvth/dem…
 
It’s a Megasode! We dive into Activision, Nintendo, and Square Enix earnings, discuss the White House’s executive order targeting Tencent, and dish on the latest news. Next gen is heating up as Sony drops some more details about PS5 and accessory compatibility, Microsoft faces an uphill battle to get xCloud on iOS, and a reader inquires about thorn…
 
Dr. Bryan Taylor joins Jason Hartman as they rewind the clock 1,000 years to look at the history of interest rates and housing costs. The bubonic plague and the Spanish Flu have both had an impact on economics. How does this relate to Coronavirus? Living in urban areas has historically been out of necessity. Currently, technological advances have t…
 
It’s a whopper of an earnings show, as we dive deep into EA, Take-Two, Capcom, and Sony earnings. If you love numbers, prepare to fall in love with… more numbers! There are some trends emerging, as the industry reports big growth amid the pandemic. However, some CEOs are preparing for recession, while others aren’t willing to acknowledge massive jo…
 
Roblox will pay $250 million to creators of user-generated content on its platform. Most of those user-developers are young people. We discuss Roblox’s business model, its huge growth, and its problems with protecting kids. Other topics include: Private Division’s new deals with three great indie studios, Rocket Leagues shift to F2P, Nexon OC’s clo…
 
It’s time for another earnings show! Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot faced a barrage of questions about the company’s culture of assault and abuse during the most recent earnings call. If you need to skip over this part of the show, our conversation about Ubisoft’s abusive work environment begins at 33:00 and ends at 49:00. We’re also looking at Microso…
 
Subscription services have become a regular facet of modern business. Robbie Kellman Baxter shares her expertise with Jason Hartman. Robbie discusses details of when a company should apply subscriptions, how a business model changes, and why the sale doesn’t end when a client subscribes. Over-complication is a sure way to detract potential clients.…
 
Microsoft has laid out its philosophy for the coming generation, and it starts with a foundation of inclusivity. As the company gears up for next gen, it has also made changes in its product line that set the stage for new hardware and service offerings. Other topics include a deep dive into the GDC State of the Industry survey and how developers a…
 
Dr. Richard D. Wolff, professor of economics and author of Understanding Marxism, joins Jason Hartman today, discussing the global economic meltdown. Wolff shares his interpretation of marxism and why he believes that is has been poorly applied. As well, Hartman and Wolff discuss capitalism in America, the perception and the reality. Wolff and Hart…
 
Diversity and inclusion expert Kate Sanchez joins us for a big conversation about creating more welcoming spaces in the corporate world and especially the game industry. Our chat covers D&I fundamentals, creating meaningful change inside huge companies, and a deep dive into Ubisoft as a case study. CW: Sexual assault and abuses of power from 17:45 …
 
EA is the latest game publisher under fire for excessive executive equity bonuses. We dive into a watchdog investment group’s complaints. We also discuss Microsoft’s rules for selling next-gen upgrades and Smart Delivery, the Atari VCS’ hefty price tag, Sony’s $250m investment in Epic, Pokemon Go’s success during the quarantine, 11bit Publishing’s …
 
Jason Hartman interviews best selling author Scott Turow. Jason and Scott discuss what changes to expect in the wake of coronavirus. They travel through a conversation of technology in legal settings and positive changes in the pharmaceutical industry. Will we see some constitutional changes? Scott Turow is a best-selling author, widely known for O…
 
GameClub CEO Dan Sherman joins us to discuss the mobile game subscription service’s commitment to paying devs, and what he learned as co-founder of Tilting Point and dir. of business partnerships for EA Partners. The Future of Gaming Is Subscription (Variety): https://variety.com/2019/gaming/columns/the-future-of-gaming-is-subscription-1203146012 A…
 
2K has signaled that game prices are going up in the new generation while also saying “no” to Smart Delivery and pricing its cross-gen version of NBA 2K21 at $100. Other topics include: Niantic’s team-up with Sleep No More creator Punchdrunk, the UN-release of Amazon Game Studio’s Crucible, an Xbox Game Pass success story, and more. Content Warning…
 
[CONTENT WARNING] This episode features discussion about the stories of sexual abuse and assault that have emerged in the game industry. Discussion begins at :30 and ends at 28:00. Other topics include Mixer’s sudden demise, the $1m Hobbit prototype (and why that isn’t quite as expensive as people may think), Epic Game Store’s growth, just what “Op…
 
It’s our first returning guest! Manda and Mike welcome GLITCH CEO Evva Karr back to the show to discuss the Galaxy Fund. This grant fund will first be received by 4 black women and a non-binary creator, each starting out on their next (or, in some cases, first) projects. Follow us on Twitter at @VirtualEconCast, @AmandaFarough, and @Futterish. Refe…
 
It’s Not-E3, and there’s a lot to cover! We start with a look at GameStop’s disastrous first quarter financials before taking a deep look at the executive compensation problems in the industry, and Activision Blizzard in particular (38 min). We wrap with trends we saw coming out of the Not-E3 blitz (1:02), along with some tips of the hat to stand-o…
 
Voice actor, musician, and performance director Troy Baker joins us to discuss his career, advice for up-and-coming performers, and the nuts and bolts of voice and performance capture. Without access to recording studios, voice actors have had to get creative and build their own recording setups. Troy explains how game studios and performers are ma…
 
Ryan Moran, author of, 12 Months to $1 Million, joins Jason Hartman today to discuss some of his tactics that led to his success. Sometimes better business isn’t about what you sell, but more-so, how your business is focused. While we often think of the question, “what is the product,” the focus needs to be, “who is the audience?” As well, Ryan sha…
 
Mike Robbins joins us for some important lessons in mental health and dealing with grief. We are all grieving together, for ourselves and for those that surround us. It’s time to stop, pause, and reflect. How can we focus on the moment? Key Takeaways: [1:30] Mike Robbins, the author of five books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else …
 
Microsoft has detailed its big backward compatibility plans and Sony is set to reveal the first PlayStation 5 gameplay. Mike and Manda discuss why this generation is about more than hardware, as the two major competitors walk down different philosophical paths. Topics also include: Blizzcon 2020, GeForce Now’s attempt at fixing its partner relation…
 
Great news for investors, people are buying homes in the suburbs! Jason Hartman speaks about the importance of exact numbers. And as a prelude to our guest on public speaking, Jason answers some questions from our listeners. We thank you for your questions and always invite more JasonHartman.com/ask James Rosebush, a former Deputy Assistant to Pres…
 
Everything comes back to Halo in Kari Toyama’s fascinating career. The Lead Producer on V1 Interactive and Private Division’s Disintegration joins us to talk about her love of Halo 2, her start in QA, how she built Private Division’s QA operation, and how the pandemic impacted her work and Disintegration’s development as production neared the finis…
 
You get a lawsuit. YOU get a lawsuit. EVERYBODY gets a lawsuit. Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google. Nintendo is going after Switch hackers. G2A is finally paying up for selling stolen keys (but still tries to claim victory). Mike and Manda give you everything you need to know as everyone is headed to court. Except us. Please don’t sue us. Starbreeze…
 
Shawn Alexander Allen visits the show to discuss his work on the recently-released Treachery in Beatdown City, the Game Devs of Color Expo, and his path from video game retail worker to AAA game capture work at Rockstar and why he decided to forge his own path as an indie developer in New York City. Follow us on Twitter at @VirtualEconCast, @Amanda…
 
Creating a business that can stand the test of time is a combination of skill and luck. Mike and Manda are joined by Petricore Games co-founder Ryan Canuel to discuss bootstrapping and creative funding. Find out how Petricore, which is celebrating its five-year anniversary, balanced non-games work-for-hire with its game development. Dogfight on Ste…
 
It’s another news-heavy week! Manda and Mike highlight the biggest stories of the week, including the hour-long Unreal Engine 5 reveal and tech demo; Epic scaling back licensing fees while offering free account and cross-play services; Respawn vets’ new employee-focused studio; Sony, Square Enix, and Paradox earnings; and the strange return of earl…
 
Today, Jason Hartman discusses the Phillips curve and its relevance to our current economic situation. While we are all challenged in ways to adapt to our shelter-in-place advising, several benefits are being popularized out of necessity. Telemedicine, or telehealth, is growing rapidly, and not just for humans. Veterinary practices are using teleme…
 
Manda and Mike welcome writer and narrative designer Xalavier Nelson, Jr. to discuss sustainable game development, risk management, and his projects, including An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs and Mr. Bucket Told Me To (part of the Dread x Collection). Xalavier’s epic Twitter story about encountering hostile life in No Man’s Sky: https:/…
 
Manda and Mike dive into Microsoft’s third-party Xbox Series X blitz and key takeaways from recent financial reports. Topics also include: Fortnite’s massive user base and next concert series and the IGDA Foundation helping mental health charities. The IGDA Foundation’s Stay in the Game Relief Fund supporting Take This, Global Game Jam, and Games a…
 
Jason Hartman shares sound advice on the top four reasons that a company fails. Steve Hochberg joins Jason to break down the methods of the Elliott Wave Principle. Listen to how the Elliott Wave Principle used collective investor psychology to predict 2020 stock market trends, without the influence of Coronavirus, as early as late 2019. Will we con…
 
Manda and Mike break down a heavy news week, including a lively discussion about the ethics around covering The Last of Us Part II leaks. Topics also include a discussion about Xbox Game Pass reaching 10 million subscribers, Ubisoft’s decision to use the Smart Delivery feature on Xbox consoles, and the latest on how COVID-19 is impacting 2020’s con…
 
Manda and Mike are joined by attorney to the esports stars, Ryan Morrison (@Morrison). Tune in and get caught up on the current state of esports, how it’s been impacted by the COVID crisis, and which pieces of the segment are best positioned to survive. It’s a full episode with discussion about a huge Nintendo investor, ValueAct, the return of Term…
 
Beware of the 'invisible tax,' inflation. Jason Hartman discusses inflation, poverty, and work-from-home lifestyle and advantages. In these challenging times, what professionals are able to stay optimistic? How are the elites transferring wealth? In part II of today’s show, Jason interviews Jessica Mah, founder of inDinero. Tune in for pro-tips on …
 
With a recent news story about how COVID is going to impact hardware sales into 2021 and analysts predicting segment-by-segment how the crisis will ripple out, Mike and Manda look at the different factors in play. Sony Plans Limited PlayStation 5 Output in First Year, Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-16/sony-is-said-to-pla…
 
Mike and Manda chat with Jean Leggett of One More Story Games about ethically tackling challenging topics in games. Jean also shares how she blends her background in coaching with game development. Discussion also includes 2K’s rapid-fire hype cycle for XCOM: Chimera Squad and the curious case of the Cooking Mama kerfuffle. Statement from Office Cr…
 
Mike and Manda chat with Tak Fujii and Szabó Marcell about DMM Games and STATIONflow. Discussion also includes how working under quarantine is impacting Japanese game development. This episode also features a Term Sheet segment and conversation about Microsoft’s Smart Delivery and Sony’s silence so far on its plan for cross-gen games. This episode’…
 
Mike and Manda circle back to the E3 2020 news they broke on Friday, April 3. They also discuss what constitutes false advertising in light of Resident Evil 3’s skirt/skort nontroversy (special thanks to Odin Law founder Brandon Huffman for legal commentary). Guest Josh Fairhurst, co-founder of Limited Run Games joins the show to tell us everything…
 
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