News Update: GameStop shares and Xbox Profits

Join Chris & Leigh as they discuss GameStop shares and Xbox's record profits.
12 February 2021
Presented by Chris Berrow, Leigh Milner
Production by Chris Berrow.




Xbox make loads of money, but also U-turn on their proposed increases to the price of Xbox Live Gold. And our reporter Alex Rhodes explains the GameStop share fiasco in the bath... like Margot Robbie. With Leigh Milner and Chris Berrow. 

In this episode

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The GameStop Shares Fiasco
Alex Rhodes

Alex Rhodes explains how GameStop's shares are being bought by amateur traders... in the bath.

Alex - How did I get talked in to this…

You can’t say I’m not dedicated to the job

So GameStop was going down the pan a few weeks ago, because of coronavirus… people weren’t buying physical copies of games in the shop…

Hedge funds bet a lot of money on the fact that it was going to crumble by doing something called “shorting” the stock.

How does that work?

Shorting is where you borrow a share in the company that’s worth £10 let’s say… and sell it immediately for £10.

That’s more than I get paid for doing this job. Anyway, still paying attention? I’m in the bath so you’d better be!

When it’s time to actually pay the person you borrowed your share from, the value of the share has dropped to £7, so that’s how much you have to buy it for.

Well done, you just made £3. Because you sold it straight away for £10 remember.

But if the price of the share has gone up in value… you’ve got to pay the higher price. So you lose money. That’s what’s happening to these hedge fund managers…


Why is this happening? Well people on Reddit - that’s an internet forum - decided they didn’t like hedge funds betting against their favourite company, so they decided to buy loads of stocks…

In the latest development in the saga… several trading platforms froze people’s ability to buy stocks in GameStop, one of the first was called Robin Hood - that’s caused outrage… because it seemed like they were protecting the hedge fund managers’ money.

Got it? Good.

Margo Robbie eat your heart out.

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08:02 - Xbox Live Gold pricing and profits

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Xbox Live Gold pricing and profits
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12:59 - Review: Very Little Nightmares

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Review: Very Little Nightmares
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Chris Berrow and Leigh Milner review Very Little Nightmares. 


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