The Podcast: Rockstar's tax returns

Also up this week: The troubles facing Improbable and SpatialOS, and what's the future of esports as Fortnite's popularity declines?

It's Friday, and what a week it's been. Rebekah pulls hosting duties once more, joined by Matt, Brendan and Haydn discussing all the hottest industry happenings.

This week we discuss the future of Improbable and SpatialOS after UK developer Automaton folded, taking its 1,000 player battle royale with it.

Built on SpatialOS, Mavericks: Proving Grounds is the second high profile game built on SpatialOS to fail, with Bossa Studios' closing down Worlds Adrift after just one year in Early Access. There's no denying SpatialOS has got potential, but developers are struggling to deliver.

Also on the agenda this week is Rockstar's questionable tax returns. A recent report by from investigative think thank TaxWatch UK found the Grand Theft Auto V developer hasn't paid any corporation tax in ten years, while also claiming £42m in Video Game Tax Relief.

Finally, what does the future hold for esports? The Fortnite World Cup showed there's plenty of money floating around, plenty of fans hungry for content, but how sustainable is it?

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