The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast

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Your best insight into the development and business of video games


Xbox’s GameStop deal: lifeline or table scraps?
Oct 20 • 47 min
Matt, Brendan, Chris and James gather behind their mics to discuss the biggest stories of the past week. Our main discussion for this episode is the partnership between Microsoft and GameStop, which offers the retailer a share of all digital revenues…
How Twitch failed to create a safe space for staff and streamers
Oct 12 • 46 min
Matt, Brendan, Rebekah and James are on hand to discuss the biggest stories of the week — or, in this instance, story. We delve deeper into Brendan’s extensive exposé on the toxic culture at Twitch, which extends across both the office and the site…
The Game Developers’ Playlist: Ultima 7 with Megan Fox
Oct 8 • 36 min
The Game Developers’ Playlist is a special series of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast in which we talk with developers about the titles that influenced their careers. This time, we have Megan Fox — founder of Skatebird developer Glass Bottom Games —…
Cybercrunch 2077 and Pokémon Stay
Oct 5 • 42 min
Rebekah, Marie and James are on hand to discuss the biggest stories of the past week. We start with the disappointing but perhaps inevitable news that — despite promises of ‘non-obligatory crunch’ and multiple delays to the game - CD Projekt Red is…
Microsoft’s game-changing acquisition
Sep 28 • 48 min
Rebekah, Brendan and Marie are on hand to discuss the biggest stories of the week — which, of course, means Microsoft’s acquistion of Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media. The platform holder splashed $7.5 billion on the Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher,…
The Five Games Of… Debbie Bestwick
Sep 25 • 73 min
The Five Games Of is a special spin-off series of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast that charts the evolution of the industry through the careers and games of prominent developers and more. This month’s guest is Debbie Bestwick, CEO and owner of UK-based…
PlayStation, pre-orders and preparing for next-gen
Sep 21 • 53 min
Matt, Rebekah, Brendan and USGamer’s Mike Williams discuss the biggest news of the past week. We start with the PS5 launch plans and confusion over pre-orders, and move on to our wider thoughts about the next console generation. With both platform…
Xbox shows its hand
Sep 14 • 57 min
This week, James, Brendan, Rebekah and Chris discuss the biggest news of the past week, which is, unsurprisingly, Xbox. The platform holder announced its , , detailed the Xbox All Access payment plan for both models, gave a November 10 launch date,…
The Game Developers’ Playlist: RPG Maker with Davionne Gooden
Sep 7 • 36 min
The Game Developers’ Playlist returns with a look at RPG Maker. In this new monthly show, developers join us to discuss the games that influenced their careers. This episode features Davionne Gooden, the indie developer behind the upcoming She…
The future of Unity
Sep 1 • 42 min
Matt, Brendan, James and USGamer’s Mike Williams gather around their mics to discuss the biggest industry news of the past week. Our first big discussion this week is Unity’s long-awaited IPO. Having delved deeply into the filing, Brendan discovered…
The Five Games Of… Mike Bithell
Aug 28 • 74 min
This is the first episode in a new spin-off series of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast, charting the evolution of the industry through the games and careers of prominent professionals. In this monthly show, we’ll be joined by developers, composers,…
Is Rocksteady doing enough to tackle abuse?
Aug 25 • 53 min
Brendan, Marie, Chris and James discuss the biggest stories of the past week, starting with the allegations of inaction against abuse at Rocksteady. The Batman: Arkham Knight studio has been accused of doing little to nothing to address the issues…
Epic is doing the right thing the wrong way | Podcast
Aug 17 • 57 min
Matt, Rebekah, Chris and James gather round their microphones to discuss the biggest news of the past week — starting, of course, with Epic versus Apple and Google. In case you missed the news, the Fortnite firm skillfully goaded Apple into removing…
The Game Developer’s Playlist: Earthbound, with Aaron Linde
Aug 10 • 50 min
Presenting the debut episode of a new spin-off from The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: The Game Developer’s Playlist In this new monthly show, developers join us to discuss the games that influenced their careers. Kicking off this series is Aaron Linde,…
No, really - do we need E3?
Aug 3 • 47 min
James, Marie, Chris and USGamer’s Mike Williams weigh in on the big debate of the week: does the games industry need E3? Studies from both and show that this summer’s big game reveals didn’t suffer from the absence of the annual showcase —…
Xbox confuses its cross-generation message
Jul 24 • 54 min
James, Matt, Brendan, Rebekah and USGamer’s Mike Williams reflect on the titles shown at this week’s Xbox Games Showcase. There was a diverse line-up of internally-developed titles, with the first look at Halo Infinite’s gameplay and the long-awaited…
Inside GlobalStep’s culture of fear
Jul 21 • 43 min
This week, Rebekah, Matt, Brendan and James dive deeper into Rebekah’s recent investigation into GlobalStep. For those who haven’t , we explore some of the accusations the UK-based QA company — formerly known as Testology — faces. Claims include the…
What went wrong at Ubisoft?
Jul 13 • 75 min
We have a double episode of the GamesIndustry.biz Podcast today, following developments over the weekend at Ubisoft as the publisher attempts to reign in its abuse problems. James. Matt and Haydn take a deep dive into the situation at Ubisoft,…
The rising cost of video games
Jul 6 • 40 min
Matt, Brendan, Chris and James gather around their respective mics to discuss the biggest industry stories of the past week. Once again, we’ve refrained from commenting on the ongoing stories of abuse and harassment as we don’t feel the podcast is the…
Are Video Games Too Long?
Jun 29 • 53 min
Matt, Brendan, Marie and Chris are on hand to discuss the biggest games industry topics of the week. The most prominent subject has been the latest wave of allegations concerning abuse, bullying and harassment that have emerged across the industry. As…
Review embargoes and next-generation sweat
Jun 23 • 56 min
This week on the podcast, Rebekah, Matt and Brendan are joined by new regular guest Mike Williams, of former GamesIndustry.biz and current USGamer fame. In lieu of an formal E3 event this year, Electronic Arts went ahead with its own branded…
PS5 reveal is the perfect E3 showcase
Jun 12 • 53 min
The GamesIndustry.biz team share their initial thoughts on Sony’s long-awaited reveal of the PlayStation 5. Recorded mere minutes after this week’s showcase ended, we share our first impressions on the line-up, the overall presentation, and (of…
Some recommendations
Jun 8 • 2 min
As you’ll hear, there is no regular podcast this week. In light of the ongoing protests against racial injustice and police brutality, we recognise that our team is currently not diverse enough to contribute significantly to the discussions….
Take-Two betting big on sports, not GTA 6
Jun 1 • 46 min
Matt, Brendan and James discuss the biggest stories of the past week, starting with speculation about the potential release window for GTA 6. Rumours circulated that a spike in marketing commitments found within Take-Two’s financial documentation…
Why games firms are ready to go back to the office
May 26 • 65 min
Matt, James, Marie and Chris are on this week’s podcast to discuss the biggest stories of the past week. We start with comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who suggests tech and digital industries (including video games) are unlikely to adopt…
An Epic vision of the next generation
May 18 • 51 min
Matt, Rebekah, Chris and James gather around their mics to discuss the biggest stories of the past week - primarily Epic Games. The company debuted the first footage of Unreal Engine 5 with a technical demo that also gave us the first glimpse of…
Xbox Series X showcase redefines “gameplay” - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
May 11 • 52 min
The GamesIndustry.biz team offer their thoughts on last week’s Xbox Series X showcase. Recorded in the immediate aftermath of the presentation — technically during some of the post-show interviews — we offer our immediate reactions to the first…
Spencer, subscriptions and spoilers - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
May 4 • 61 min
Matt, Rebekah, Chris and James discuss the biggest news of the past week. We begin by unpacking Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s comments in a recent interview, in which he talked about how Microsoft was taking care to ensure it was “not exploiting” the…
(Not)E3 2020 Predicitions - The Gamesindustry.Biz Podcast
Apr 27 • 69 min
Taking a break from our usual weekly news discussion, the GamesIndustry.biz team carefully place their crystal balls next to their microphones for an unusual E3 predictions podcast. E3 is, of course, cancelled this year and the ongoing disruption…
Can smaller games kill crunch? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Apr 20 • 59 min
Rebekah, Matt, Chris and Marie gather around their mics to discuss the biggest issues of the past week. Firstly, we discuss the recent Kotaku report on Rockstar’s attempts to change its internal crunch culture, with the prominent suggestion that the…
A Guide To Remote Working - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Apr 9 • 51 min
In this special edition of the podcast, the GamesIndustry.biz team shares our own experience of remote working. With so many countries around the world in varying stages of lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, almost the entire industry has…
Platform holders and the pandemic - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Apr 6 • 44 min
Matt, Brendan, Rebekah, Chris and James gather to discuss the latest news from the games industry - this week, focusing on the three platform holders. First up, we discuss the delay to The Last Of Us: Part II and the various factors that would have…
Live at Rezzed Digital - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 30 • 47 min
A bit of an unusual episode this week, taken from a livestreamed AMA-style session on YouTube. With EGX Rezzed postponed due to the spread of COVID-19, GamesIndustry.biz and a number of our sister brands ran a three-day online conference, Rezzed…
Next-Gen Spec Wars - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 23 • 55 min
Rebekah, Matt, Brendan, Chris and Marie are all on hand this week to discuss the biggest news and events in the video games industry. We kick off with reflection on the recent reveals for the technical specifications of Xbox Series X and PlayStation…
A Year Without E3 - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 17 • 53 min
James, Chris, Rebekah and Brendan join this week’s podcast to discuss the biggest news from the games industry over the past seven days. Naturally, we start with the cancellation of E3 — making 2020 the first time in 25 years the games industry has…
Could coronavirus change the way we work? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 9 • 42 min
James, Brendan, Marie and Haydn gather around their respective mics to discuss the biggest games industry news of the week. The main topic is once again the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the consequences for games businesses around the…
The real impact of cancelling GDC - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 2 • 82 min
In an absolutely packed episode, the team discusses the biggest stories of the week — starting, of course, with the postponement of GDC 2020. Matt, Chris and James talk about the fallout of the event’s cancellation, the tough decisions that would…
What impact will coronavirus have on the games industry? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Feb 24 • 48 min
Matthew, Brendan, Rebekah and James discuss the latest headlines, predominantly focusing on the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. With Sony and Facebook — and, since recording, Kojima Productions — withdrawing from GDC 2020 and the…
The curious case of Tim Sweeney’s keynote - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Feb 17 • 57 min
This week Haydn, Matt, Brendan, Chris, and Marie gather around the old GamesIndustry.biz Podcast campfire to discuss the keynote speech Tim Sweeney offered up at DICE recently. Although mainly focused on things like open platforms, the Epic…
Why Microsoft is targeting Amazon and Google - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Feb 10 • 60 min
Haydn, Brendan and Chris discuss the biggest stories of the past week, starting with Microsoft’s bold claims as to who its biggest competitors are. Phil Spencer recently claimed Xbox’s future will see it stand up against the likes of Amazon and…
Do numbers matter? The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Feb 3 • 46 min
As we barrel through yet another financial season, Rebekah, Brendan, and Chris ask the all important question: do numbers matter? With Microsoft posting a 21% decline in game revenue while celebrating an increase in subscriptions, the traditional…
The (Doom) Eternal cycle of crunch - The GamesIndustry.biz
Jan 27 • 52 min
James, Marie and Haydn are on hand to discuss the biggest topics of the past week, including crunch, class-action lawsuits and coins tossed to Witchers. The big topic of the week is Doom Eternal executive producer Marty Stratton’s comments that the…
Xbox’s plan to reshape the console industry - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jan 21 • 44 min
Matt, Marie and James discuss the biggest topics of the week, starting with Microsoft’s plans for Xbox Series X. The platform holder recently revealed that the next-generation console will have no exclusive titles to begin with, instead allowing games…
Does E3 need PlayStation? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jan 14 • 39 min
Rebekah, Chris and Brendan come together for a special edition of the podcast, discussing this week’s biggest news: Sony will not be attending E3 for the second year in a row. While the platform holder has other plans to get the PlayStation 5 in front…
Do we need a Switch Pro in 2020? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jan 13 • 48 min
Matt, Chris, Rebekah and James gather round their mics to discuss the biggest stories of the past week. First up, we discuss the revived conversation around Battlestate Games’ Escape From Tarkov and the developer’s various excuses for the lack of…
What do we want to see in 2020? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jan 6 • 49 min
Brendan, Rebekah, Chris and James kick off the year with a roundtable discussing our hopes, predictions, expectations and utter pipe dreams for the year ahead. Following our roundup of analyst predictions for 2020, we offer our own thoughts on what…
Games of the Year 2019 - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Dec 16, 2019 • 67 min
For our final podcast of the year, the entire editorial team gathers around their microphones to discuss our favourite games of the year. The selection varies greatly from first-party franchise extensions and AA blockbusters to Switch ports of classic…
Toxicity, Nintendo, and Shovelware - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Dec 9, 2019 • 47 min
It’s time for the GamesIndustry.biz Podcast, and this week James, Brendan, and Rebakah are on hand to discuss all the big news while still leaving plenty of room to reminisce about the GameCube. The industry is once again overflowing with…
How unconscious bias is holding back the industry - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Dec 2, 2019 • 39 min
The industry may grind to a halt during Thanksgiving week, but there’s still plenty going as we take a look at unconscious bias, diversity, and the perceived failings of virtual reality. Following last week’s articles by Rebekah (Brass…
Here to Stadia - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Nov 25, 2019 • 64 min
In this week’s bumper pack episode, Rebekah, Matt, and Haydn discuss the troubled Google Stadia launch, Half-Life: Alyx, and Pokémon. Google made big promises with the Stadia, and now it’s here the response has been notably muted. Plagued…
Live from X019 - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Nov 15, 2019 • 22 min
A short but special episode in which James and Chris discuss the biggest announcements from Microsoft’s event in London this week. Recorded on the show floor itself, this discussion actually took place a few hours ahead of the reveals, but thanks to…
What role will indies play on the PlayStation 5? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Nov 12, 2019 • 56 min
Rebekah, Chris, Matthew and Brendan gather round their mics to discuss the biggest news and topics of the games industry. This week, we start by considering the new appointments at Sony Interactive Entertainment and the insights from our recent…
The mixed messages of Modern Warfare - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Nov 4, 2019 • 54 min
James, Brendan and Rebekah discuss some of the biggest topics from the past week, starting with the controversy surrounding the latest Call of Duty. For months, Infinity Ward and Activision have promised a gritty, realistic take on today’s global…
Gods, Monsters and Delays - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Oct 28, 2019 • 32 min
In this brief podcast excursion Rebekah, Brendan, and Haydn unpick last week’s industry events, starting with the surprise delays from Naughty Dog and Ubisoft. Just over a month after announcing a release date, Naughty Dog revealed it would be…
Should Nintendo go third-party? And other questions - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Oct 21, 2019 • 43 min
We have a special episode for you this week, recorded live from the show floor of EGX 2019. Matt, Chris and James took to the stage to answer a series of consumer questions with the aim of giving a little more insight into how the business of…
Can Blizzard recover from Blitzchung? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Oct 14, 2019 • 54 min
James, Brendan, Rebekah and new starter Marie discuss the ongoing fallout of Blizzard’s punishment for pro Hearthstone player Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai. We discuss the severity of the original punishment, the apparent lack of process through which…
REUPLOAD: Welcome to the Fampany - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Oct 10, 2019 • 48 min
Haydn, Chris and Brendan are on hand to talk through some of the latest industry news, starting out with the messy story of Video Game Tax Relief in the UK. It was revealed earlier last week that global games companies had claimed millions upon…
A tale of two Nintendos - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Sep 30, 2019 • 46 min
Matt, Brendan, and Rebekah are on hand this week to discuss all the hottest industry haps, starting with the Oculus Quest. Accounting for 20% of Oculus’ $100 million lifetime revenue from software in just a few short months, the Quest appears to…
No one online cares about the pie charts - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Sep 23, 2019 • 56 min
James, Matt, Rebekah and Haydn are on hand to discuss the biggest news of the past week, starting with the future of E3. The emergence of a pitch deck from the ESA gives some insight into the direction the trade body would like to take the industry’s…
A turning point for loot boxes? - The GamesIndustry.biz
Sep 16, 2019 • 40 min
It’s a smaller team this week, but no less meatier a discussion. Haydn and Brendan debate the potential fallout from the DCMS committee’s recommendations that the UK government regulate loot boxes under gambling laws. While these remain…
Boulevard of Broken Dreamcasts - The GamesIndustry.biz
Sep 9, 2019 • 36 min
After a troubling week in the games industry following multiple abuse allegations, we’re back with a lighter episode of the GamesIndustry.biz Podcast. Haydn pulls hosting duty this week, joined by Brendan and Chris to discuss the absolute…
Selling fridges to survive - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Aug 27, 2019 • 56 min
Though marginally delayed thanks to the UK taking a day off on Monday, the GamesIndustry.biz Podcast has arrived. Gathering around the podcast campfire this week is Rebekah, Matt, Brendan, and Haydn who dive into all the industry happenings last…
Is this podcast ‘political’? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Aug 17, 2019 • 44 min
Rebekah, Matt, Chris and Haydn weigh in on one of the most divisive topics currently discussed across the industry: the relationships between politics and games. As our contributing editor Rob Fahey recently wrote, simply asking ‘Is you game…
This is a family show - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Aug 9, 2019 • 74 min
Rebekah, Brendan, Chris and Haydn are on hand for this bumper episode to discuss a long, complicated and frustrating week in the games industry. We start with the leak of thousands of journalists, analysts and content creators’ personal information —…
Rockstar’s tax returns - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Aug 2, 2019 • 49 min
Rebekah pulls hosting duties again, joined by Matt, Brendan and Haydn. This week we discuss the future of Improbable and SpatialOS after another game built using the tech gets cancelled. It’s got potential, but developers are struggling to…
The incredible timing of GTA V’s online casino - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jul 26, 2019 • 47 min
Rebekah, Brendan, Chris and James are on hand to discuss some of the biggest industry stories of the week, starting with (yet again) crunch. We reflect on Brendan’s fascinating interview with creative director Lorne Lanning about the irony of…
Are Ubisoft and HitRecord exploiting fans? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jul 19, 2019 • 45 min
As the old saying goes, “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.” That, of course, can mean only one thing: the GamesIndustry.biz Podcast is here. This week Rebekah takes up hosting duties and is joined by Matt, Brendan, Haydn and,…
How do you solve a problem like G2A? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jul 12, 2019 • 42 min
Matt, James and Haydn discuss the biggest stories of the past week, including the ongoing dispute between indie developers and divisive marketplace G2A. Recorded hot off the heels of G2A’s proposal for a key-blocking tool, we discuss the various roots…
Why people see EA as the “bad guys” - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jul 5, 2019 • 51 min
Load up your ears with the GamesIndustry.biz podcast, this week featuring James, Matt, and myself chatting about the big industry news. Matt is in trouble this week for not using headphones while recording, so apologies in advance for the…
The messy world of live streaming and Treyarch’s QA underclass - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jun 28, 2019 • 37 min
It’s Friday, so what better way to end your week than with the GamesIndustry.biz Podcast? This week Rebekah takes up the mantle of host once more, joined by Haydn, Brendan, and occasionally his dog. We kick with a discussion on the state of…
Why do we need unions? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jun 21, 2019 • 48 min
Rebekah, Matt, Brendan and Haydn discuss two of the biggest issues the industry faces in this week’s podcast. First up, following comments from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick and even US senator Bernie Sanders, we discuss the ongoing debate around…
E3 Aftermath (2019 Edition) - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jun 14, 2019 • 67 min
It’s a bumper podcast as we reflect on everything we saw (and didn’t see) at E3 2019. First up, Chris and Brendan record a segment in Los Angeles reporting on the mood on the show floor and how the lack of Sony, EA and other have made for a somewhat…
E3 Expectations (2019 Edition) - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jun 6, 2019 • 53 min
The entire GamesIndustry.biz team assembles as we prepare for the biggest week in the gaming calendar. Rather than plucking arbitrary predictions out of the air, we instead focus on the core areas that are likely to be hottest topics of the upcoming…
Pod of Duty: Modern Warfare Plus+ - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
May 30, 2019 • 54 min
Microsoft and Sony’s cloud co-operation - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
May 17, 2019 • 40 min
Matt, James, Haydn and Chris discuss the biggest stories of the week, starting with the surprising partnership between rival platform holders. As announced yesterday, Sony has partnered with Microsoft to share technologies and improve each other’s…
Crunch and walkouts are failures of management - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
May 10, 2019 • 51 min
James, Rebekah and Brendan discuss the latest industry headlines, which inevitably means continuing to talk about crunch. Picking up from our earlier episode, we discuss the latest stories of crunch and punishing work practices at NetherRealm Studios…
How to spoil your own announcement - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
May 2, 2019 • 38 min
James, Matt and Rebekah discuss the biggest games industry stories of the week — much of which centres around confusion. First, there’s the contradicting stories as to whether or not Borderlands 3 has microtransactions. While Gearbox boss Randy…
The slow journey to killing crunch - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Apr 26, 2019 • 31 min
Brendan, James and Haydn discuss the biggest topic of the week - and, unfortunately, one of the longest running conversations in the games industry. With reports emerging of intensive working conditions at Fortnite creator Epic Games, across the…
PlayStation 5 vs disc-less Xbox - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Apr 17, 2019 • 29 min
Matt, Brendan and James discuss the latest industry headlines, this week focusing on major announcements from the console space. After Sony unveiled the first details of PlayStation 5, we debate whether 8K support and PS4 backwards compatibility are…
Why does Activision need pregnancy data? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Apr 11, 2019 • 36 min
Rebekah and Brendan discuss the latest industry headlines from the past week. We kick off by addressing the ease with which mobile developers are able to apply kids age ratings to inappropriate games on Google Play via the International Age Rating…
Shrinking second-hand sales and BioWare blues - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Apr 5, 2019 • 35 min
Matt, Chris, James and Haydn take time out of EGX Rezzed 2019 to discuss the latest gaming headlines. The biggest topic this week is the ongoing decline of pre-owned games, as indicated by both GameStop’s latest financials and the UK games market…
Live from (near) GDC 2019 - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 22, 2019 • 50 min
James, Rebekah and Haydn reflect on the biggest news of this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Inevitably, Google’s Stadia streaming service dominates much of the conversation. We recap the most interesting aspects of the…
Bad Influencers - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 15, 2019 • 34 min
James, Rebekah and Brendan discuss the latest gaming headlines, including whether publishers need to be more careful in screening the influencers they work with. We kick off with an update on the various lawsuits between Epic and the creators of…
Valve does the right thing for the wrong reason - The Games Industry.biz Podcast
Mar 8, 2019 • 44 min
Rebekah, Brendan and Haydn once again discuss the latest industry headlines, many of which centre around rather toothless apologies. We follow up on last week’s main topic as THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors addresses his subsidiary’s decisions to run a…
When THQ Nordic visited 8chan - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Mar 1, 2019 • 41 min
Rebekah, Brendan and Haydn discuss some of the biggest games industry headlines from the past week. The biggest topic of the week is THQ Nordic’s ill-advised decision to conduct an AMA on controversial forum 8chan, known for harbouring hate speech and…
What does success mean for Crackdown 3? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Feb 22, 2019 • 49 min
Matt, Brendan, Chris and James gather to discuss the biggest industry headlines of the past week. Chief among them is the arrival of Crackdown 3 and the difficulty it presents in judging its success. Media reviews are mixed, its retail performance (in…
Activision’s record year & redundancies - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Feb 15, 2019 • 35 min
James, Rebekah and Haydn discuss the latest industry headlines, starting with the biggest story of the week: Activision’s plans to cut 800 jobs despite record revenues. We debate whether such drastic cuts are necessary, and how Activision could have…
Apex Legends and the safety of a surprise launch - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Feb 6, 2019 • 37 min
Chris, Charlotte, James and Haydn gather to discuss the biggest news of the past few days. We kick off the episode with the surprising (or is it?) success of Kingdom Hearts 3, having shipped five million copies worldwide and broken series records in…
What now for Activision? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jan 14, 2019 • 28 min
Following the news that Bungie and Activision are parting ways, the GamesIndustry.biz team discuss where the AAA publisher goes from here. Whether part of the ten-year agreement between the two firms or due to a change in strategy, there’s no denying…
What we expect from 2019 - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jan 4, 2019 • 46 min
Brendan, Chris, James and Rebekah kick off the year with their predictions for the year ahead. We’ve already covered analysts’ predictions and industry leaders’ most anticipated games on the site, but now it’s time for us to offer our own take on what…
Game of the Year 2018 - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Dec 21, 2018 • 70 min
We round out the year with a thorough discussion of our favourite titles from the past twelve months. The entire GamesIndustry.biz team is on hand for this episode, each with their pick (or, in a few cases, picks) for best game of the year. While we…
Unpacking loot boxes - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Dec 5, 2018 • 30 min
In light of increased scrutiny around loot boxes in full-price games, Brendan and James discuss how in industry is (and should be) handling this divisive monetisation mechanic. During the episode, we touch on the dangers that legislation like that…
Virtual Reality, with Resolution’s Tommy Palm - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Nov 21, 2018 • 28 min
This week, we’re joined by Resolution Games CEO and virtual reality proponent Tommy Palm to discuss the ongoing hurdles the immersive technology must overcome. At a time when skepticism around the future of VR is on the rise, with with past champions…
Counting on cryptocurrency, with Reality Clash - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Nov 12, 2018 • 39 min
This week we’re joined by Reality Gaming Group co-founder Tony Pearce to discuss the changing landscape of cryptocurrency and blockchain-based games and services. Following a surge of interest in the technology at the tail end of 2017 and the…
Red Dead Redemption 2 Special - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Oct 23, 2018 • 30 min
Chris and James reflect on the recent Rockstar controversy surrounding the working conditions behind Red Dead Redemption 2 - and, more importantly, ask where the industry goes from here. We discuss the growing scope of open-world games and the…
Full stream ahead? - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Oct 12, 2018 • 38 min
In the wake of Microsoft’s Project xCloud announcement, James, Matt and Brendan ponder the possibilities for game streaming. While undoubtedly a disruptive force in the games industry, what role will the technology play in Xbox’s future - or that of…
Family games, with Thumbfood - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Aug 7, 2018 • 30 min
This week, we’re joined by Simon Smith, managing director of family games publisher Thumbfood. Smith joins us to discuss why the family and kids games market needs “a kick up the arse” on consoles, and why a wider audience is the key to driving…
Artificial Intelligence, with Chet Faliszek - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jul 26, 2018 • 35 min
Recorded during Develop:Brighton 2018, we’re joined by former Valve writer Chet Faliszek to discuss the realities and possibilities of AI in video games. Faliszek shares how he believes AI can be used to build more systemic gameplay, and how this can…
Shorter games and quicker releases, with Mike Bithell - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jul 17, 2018 • 29 min
We’re joined this episode by indie figurehead Mike Bithell, developer of Thomas Was Alone, Volume and bitesize text adventure Subsurface Circular. Recorded just a few days after the surprise launch of the latter’s spiritual successor, Quarantine…
Fighting Ageism, with Kate Edwards - The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast
Jul 2, 2018 • 31 min
This week, we’re joined by Geogrify founder and ex-IGDA director Kate Edwards to discuss one of the less-highlighted challenges of working in the video games industry: Ageism. Recorded at E3 2018, the discussion explores who is being affected by…