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Reinout te Brake is running a Video Gaming Consulting Firm. He and his team are assisting video games companies with their strategy, finance and exit strategie. It is not just about developing one video game, it is about much more to run a successful outfit in the game industry today. In his podcast the latest video gaming news, but also interviews with interesting gaming people who share their insides, experiences and give useful advise to the listeners of this games podcast. https://podcas ...
 
Nate Duncan and Ben Taylor spend hours every day reading and curating the most important coronavirus news so you don’t have to. The goal is to bring you a well-researched, analytical, and data-oriented podcast with the most important COVID-19 news and research from around the world.
 
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Nordic Game is a video game developer conference and trade show held annually in Malmö, Sweden. The conference hosts lectures from the computer gaming industry and serves as a company-dating venue where developers and marketers meet. Next event is coming up, NG20 is November 25th-27th. You can register online here. Also check out the new podcast of…
 
Dr. Carl Bergstrom joins to discuss the crazy news that Donald Trump has been hospitalized for COVID-19. Included: What to believe about the President’s condition and the timeline of infection? What the President’s prognosis is statistically? What are the chances Joe Biden is infected? The White House’s testing scheme. Support the show: http://patr…
 
This week in Episode 41 I have the remaining parts of the interview with Ivan Filletti of MaltaGaming and Timothy Bendt of Tamatem Games. Both are the seconds parts of conversations I had earlier this month. Ivan is telling why gaming studios should land in Malta and Timothy is giving us a look inside his publishing company that is focussing on the…
 
The games podcast is back, a small break and re-energyzed. Look and feel of the site has changed, better hosting, fresh new logo, new intro and outr music. So I hope you like it! Today two territories; India and the MENA. I have chat with Tim and Rahul are talking about the regions, their companies and lots about gaming what you should know. Cris R…
 
GamingMalta, Malta and Gaming, have you heard about it? Well, today an interesting talk with Ivan Filletti, who is representing his government Malta. Lots of us do know the island because of Igaming, but there is so much more. Besides being a wonderful island to relax during your holiday’s, they are working on a gaming eco-system. Next to that, I h…
 
Dr. Matthew Frieman joins to discuss his expertise, the state of development for treatments outside of vaccines. He takes us through three main categories of development, namely existing drugs, antibodies, and new drugs. He explains how the regulatory process work, how more funding speeds up the process and takes stock of our overall level of progr…
 
VGames.vc is a new games investment firm in the games industry. VGames is founded to support early stage game founders trying to turn their dreams into reality. In this episode I am talking to Eitan Reisel about his new games fund, how is looking at the games industry, how he is finding new potentials investments, which platforms or segment of the …
 
Ben and Nate discuss interesting new testing procedures, as well as a new FDA authorization for pooled testing. Does it go far enough? A big news and science roundup including neonatal transmission, Vietnam’s new outbreak, and another encouraging baby step for Moderna’s vaccine. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via RSS Feed, or search “Nate Du…
 
Blockchain and games is a topic that I have come across many times in the last years. Many people talk about it and it is said, it is a game-changer. In this episode I wanted to learn more how blockchain can work for game developers. A company that is quite often in the news, when it is about blockchain and games is Animoca Brands. So who better co…
 
A hard look worldwide at the countries that have done well and poorly overall, and where COVID is changing the most. Plus, evaluating data for hard-hit countries. A full summary of where we stand on reopening schools. The evidence is now pretty clear. More data on how many people experience long-term symptoms. Evidence that masks protect you in add…
 
Science reporter Denise Grady of the New York Times discusses everything we need to know on vaccines. The most promising candidates so far. How mRNA vaccines work. What steps remain before candidates become available. The possibility vaccines won’t be universally effective. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via RSS Feed, or search “Nate Duncan”…
 
Ben does another deep data dive with US case counts and hospitalizations, and a discussion of how those hospitalization numbers will eventually correlate with deaths. Economic indicators are on the wane once more. Why this is such a critical time for stimulus to get us to a potential vaccine. What do we think of the change in CDC guidelines for end…
 
A little later then normal. But episode 36 of my games podcast beholds interesting interviews about a new indie games fund, plitch.com and cheats for esports and Cris talking about FaZe Clan and more. Several top executives behind FaZe Clan are leaving to start a competing organization called XSET Since its founding in 2010, FaZe Clan has grown fro…
 
Dr. Fauci’s recent podcast appearances discussing vaccine progress and distribution, durability of immune response, and progress on rapid testing technology. How aerosolized transmission causes superspreading events, and the 80/20 rule. A deep data dive on India from Ben, along with some other key world news from South Africa and Hong Kong. Please …
 
Dr. Talia Swartz of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York discusses: The all hands on deck response at hospitals during the depths of the crisis in New York. How treatment of severe cases has improved. Her work evaluating how the immune system responds to the virus and the inflammation caused by the immune response. How immunity w…
 
We start with a catch-up on the latest US numbers. California rolls back reopening and LA and SD schools announce no in-person classes. Wal-Mart joins a growing list of retailers requiring face masks. Are we making progress on “politicizing” face masks? A very extensive seroprevalence study out of Spain looked at over 60,000 people. Ben is excited …
 
Esports be like! A full episode where I get to talk to Darcy of Torgue Esports. Actualy it is part 2 of our talk earlier this month. First part was in Episode 34. Next to that I am talking to Semih of Blocksport.io, who is in the Hype Program of Borja, who I talked to in Episode 32. Blocksport supports (e)sport clubs, streamers, influencers, federa…
 
There is only one documented case of COVID19 transmission on a plane. How indicative is that of the actual risk? Plus a long look at the evidence for this transmission and what conclusions we can draw from it. Examining a couple reports of reinfection. United’s plans to cut workers as of September 30 is emblematic of economic issues as focus shifts…
 
Ben does another deep dive into the numbers, looking at where certain states are now and comparing them to the first spike in April to look at a possible timeline for fatalities. A long look at how to reopen schools, what the risk of transmission among and from children is, and recommendations for how to reopen. World news focusing on Britain’s eas…
 
A summary of the most important things we know about COVID-19 so far. If someone just arrived here from Mars, what would be the most important things for them to know? We put together the information on how the virus spreads, how to prevent the spread, how much and who it kills and sickens, and more. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via RSS Fe…
 
Torque Esports is focused on accelerating new, live, immersive esports and interactive gaming experiences for consumers through its partnerships with traditional and emerging media companies and providing online interactive technology platforms and monetization services. I had an amazing insightful talk with Darcy Lorincz, who is the COO of Torque …
 
The latest information on whether children transmit the virus. A look at the latest economic indicators to assess COVID19’s effect on the economy. Businesses and organizations facing restrictions have new arguments in court. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via RSS Feed, or search “Nate Duncan” in your podcast player. If you want to support th…
 
Ben runs some of the ugly numbers on the continuing surge in the US. Hard decisions will have to be made on which activities we truly value. A crazy superspreading story from India. A deep dive on some of the latest morbidity information from a CDC study that followed up with patients who tested positive. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via R…
 
Dr. Saad Omer (@SaadOmer3), Director, Yale Institute for Global Health, joins COVID Daily News. The subjects: The worrying rise in US cases and how it can be addressed. The need for a national vaccine plan, how it would be formulated and implemented, and which populations should be prioritized. His study, SARS-CoV-2 RNA concentrations in primary mu…
 
A look at where transmission is happening to boost case counts. How much is protests, and how much is bars? What should we make of claims that younger demographics in this latest surge mean it isn’t so bad? Surge states finally take some countermeasures. Has India given up on preventing the spread of the virus? Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or…
 
Today I am talking to Niklas Hatje of GameBuddy. He is talking about game streaming and his company. Interactive and entertaining esports is his motto. I talked about GameBuddy before in the podcast, meaning they are still on my radar! Team based challenges, where you are not only striving for victory but also live challenges, power to the fans, wh…
 
Dr. Carl Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom), a professor of Biology at University of Washington with 20 years of experience studying the emergence of infectious diseases and author of a book on how to spot misinformation, returns to discuss a host of issues, including: Where we are and are headed as a country and a world right now. Are there any positive tr…
 
Youyang Gu discusses the methods behind his successful coronavirus modeling and what he sees coming in the next few months. He and Ben nerd out on modeling talk. Nate also does a solo news segment discussing mask adherence on planes, testing shortages again becoming an issue, and the “pause” in reopening in Texas. Plus, a comparison of which countr…
 
It looks like COVID-19 is here to stay in the US. So how can we live our lives with the virus? Ben and Nate discuss a framework to help individuals make decisions about what activities they would be willing to undertake and discuss ways of thinking about whether to do some common activities, plus whether we’d be willing to do them ourselves with th…
 
US case counts rise about 30,000 daily. Americans aren’t as unconcerned about COVID as media reports might indicate. NYC struggles to implement contact tracing. Australia will close its borders through the end of the year, China punishes “rumors.” More research has emerged indicating the D614G amino acid change matters. How should we evaluate these…
 
Esports is booming and of course you could expect that someone would start an accelerator for esports. I did talk to Borja Varela, who is the program director of Hype Esports. HYPE esports is a technology platform that’s dedicated to connecting and investing in esports innovation worldwide. The programme provides participants with access to the int…
 
An Italian study shows improvement in fatality rates as treatments improve. A look at US superspreading events at Ft. Benning and in Jacksonville. US authorities begin to embrace compulsory masks. A basketball game in Vermont before the shutdown was likely a superspreading event, and highlights the dangers of Trump’s indoor rally in Oklahoma. Pakis…
 
US economic news: Unemployment supplement won’t be extended, NY reopening, commercial tenants not paying rent. World news on New Zealand, Montenegro, Israel, Denmark. A look at how the virus could be transmitted in bathrooms. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via RSS Feed, or search “Nate Duncan” in your podcast player. If you want to support t…
 
Ben and Nate brainstorm some big ideas and rate how much those ideas would help, how hard they would be to implement, and the level of social and political will that exists to implement them. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via RSS Feed, or search “Nate Duncan” in your podcast player. If you want to support this ad-free show please join Nate’…
 
A deep dive on a Japanese study looking at where clusters originated. Antibodies among sailors on the Theodore Roosevelt carrier. Ben works with the data to determine the major trends among countries over the last 25 days. Spain’s reopening amid controversy. President Trump’s planned indoor rally in Tulsa appears to be the first gathering of its ki…
 
Interesting article in my inbox last week. Helsinki and gaming. Some takes from my friend Joakim about what Helsinki's game environment is lacking and what needs to be done; "Ultimately, getting the right mix of creative and data talent will evolve Helsinki to the next stage." For me Helsinki is a mekka for mobile gaming, but recent years we have s…
 
New Zealand is back to normal. Catching up on the state of the pandemic in Canada, some positive countermeasures in England, data on India, Africa, and South Korea. China sees a new outbreak in Beijing, with an implication that it could be driven by contaminated food. How much credence should we give this? The troubling states in the US, plus which…
 
Ben opines on the Missouri Great Clips. A long look at the state of the outbreak in Pakistan, India, and Saudi Arabia. We look at how American attitudes regarding the virus are changing in recent weeks and what this means for an outbreak that is not yet contained. A study estimates that the cycling of prisoners through Cook County jail was responsi…
 
The WHO says that asymptomatic transmission isn’t a big deal, but once again they’ve failed to communicate effectively. New York meets the criteria and reopens. Arizona is facing one of the fastest-growing outbreaks in the US More crowded housing is one of the biggest reasons why Latinos have suffered disproportionately. NYT surveyed 511 epidemiolo…
 
A discussion of two issues Nate hasn’t seen discussed in the larger conservation on police brutality. A number of reports indicating that people are not using masks, despite increasing evidence of how well they work. A look at an analysis by Trevor Bedford of how much transmission is being seeded by protests and the murky math behind these estimate…
 
In Episode 8 I did ask Carlos Estigarribia some questions concerning Latin America, or LATAM as people call it. Gaming in LATAM. You can listen to this episode to get to know more about game studios, publishers and more. Today I want to know more Esports, localization of games, game events and other interesting topics that you should know about whe…
 
The early reporting of countermeasures in Las Vegas casinos. Are deaths of despair up? Africa’s overlooked coronavirus successes. PPP reform. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify or via RSS Feed, or search “Nate Duncan” in your podcast player. If you want to support this ad-free show please join Nate’s Patreon, Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux. With Nate Dun…
 
We take a look at how the devastation of COVID19 has contributed to the current protest environment. What does all-cause mortality data say, how bad is undercounting of deaths in the US? A detailed look at the epidemic in Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. How bad is the data there, and is Latin America the world’s new hotspot? Please subscribe on Apple, Sp…
 
Bioentrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan was one of the few who immediately saw the potential that coronavirus had to upend our world. Balaji and Nate discuss and debate that, how the world is changing as a result of coronavirus, and predictions for the years to come, among many other COVID-related topics for different perspective than usual on the show. …
 
A number of listeners asked for our opinion on how demonstrations might affect the spread of COVID19. Also a link to Nate’s wife’s donation-based yoga class to benefit the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. A new outbreak of over 100 cases in an Israeli school, plus reports of other school-based transmission, shed some doubt on the idea that children do not…
 
Some weeks ago I had a chat with Dave Westin of Mobile Growth Association (MGA), I have known Dave for a very long time. He updated me about their upcoming event MGS Global Virtual Conference 1.0 and their roadmap for 2020-21. Local communities is part of their plan. It sounded very exciting and he mention I should talk to the CEO of this associati…
 
Two hairstylists had COVID19, how many patients did they pass it on to? Migrant workers on farms are the next potential superspreading hotspots. CDC bows to political pressure and changes recommendations on singing in religious environments. An Irish study claims “no evidence” of transmission by children, how much can it be relied on? Additional ev…
 
How big of a mistake was it for New York to free up hospital space by sending COVID patients to nursing homes? Where is transmission occurring now in New York? A first look at some ideas for reopening schools out of California. A superspreading event at a wedding in Jordan. A French study indicates an increase in out of hospital heart attacks durin…
 
A fascinating study of transmission in a South African hospital provides more information on how the virus spreads in health care situations. How seriously should we take the claims that surface transmission was a key factor? Health care workers around the globe have faced attacks. A new study indicates that Twitter bots are pushing “re-open” narra…
 
The CDC’s updated guidance indicating reduced risk of transmission from surfaces compared to respiratory transmission, plus a Korean study of an outbreak at a call center indicating little transmission from surfaces. What is the takeaway from this? New studies indicating how the virus amplifies inflammation while reducing interferon, and how this c…
 
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