Cyberpunk as a genre is all about the dangers of capitalism, and the issues that arise when companies are in charge of everything.
Anyway, Elon Musk, who you might know as the richest man in the world, one who's profited massively during the pandemic, boosted the stock of CD Projekt Red (the developers of Cyberpunk 2077).
This is the same Elon Musk that reportedly broke US labour laws on Twitter, just so you're aware.
It turns out that having loads of money also gives you loads of power, you know, like the bad people in Cyberpunk 2077.
Elon Musk can't spell, but he can accidentally boost the stock of CD Projekt Red
The whole thing came about thanks to a tweet from the billionaire:
He meant to type aesthetic, and we're not going to assume that anybody with this much money, money that they presumably make thanks to the hard work of the people below them, has the time to double-check his spelling.
This single tweet boosted the stock value of CD Projekt Red by nearly 19% according to Bloomberg. You might have only recently become aware of the stock market thanks to the whole GameStop thing that's going on at the moment.
What does this mean?
It basically means that Elon Musk has the power to make companies more valuable on a whim.
Again, Cyberpunk is a genre about this kind of thing being bad, but we'll let you make your own minds up as to whether or not this kind of thing is reasonable.
Stocks themselves are currently under fire anyway because people who don't have hedge funds are currently fighting against other billionaires who are becoming rather emotional because other people have also started playing the same systems they use to stay rich without working.
Look into it if you want to, it's a pretty fascinating example of how having money allows you to make more money, and the reaction to it from rich people, on the whole, shows just how much these systems are in place to only help people who have too much money.