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Last Updated: 20 October 2020

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The Covid - 19 pandemic has had vary effects on the video game industry. Weve seen more game delays, and huge video game sales for summer blockbusters like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which become choice Game of quarantine. Video game giants are thriving, while smaller companies are more likely to suffer from cancellation of annual conventions like PAX and Electronic Entertainment Expo, where they normally seek funding or present their games to the public. The 2020 Game Developers Conference, which host its talks entirely online for the first time, shed light on how developers are coping amid the pandemic. A number of panels and roundtable discussions cover the struggles of working from home, many dealing with the same logistical struggles as other companies, like video conferencing and team communication. Some companies had to completely reframe their Games. Covid - 19 forced Niantic to rethink Pokemon Go Game that normally requires players to go outside and catch Pokemon with their phone camera so it could be playable indoors. But indie studio Jackbox Games had an especially interesting story to tell: how to handle the surge in players that take Jackbox assortment of Party Games from 100 million total users in 2019 to 110 million between the months of March and June 2020 alone. Daily traffic has surge, rivaling busiest days of year, like Christmas and New Years, when users tend to play Jackbox Games during family gatherings. With this huge wave of popularity come new hurdles. Jackbox Games, small, 45 - employee studio, creates games designed for in - person groups around single TV or monitor, such as the popular Party Pack bundle that includes titles like Quiplash, game where players come up with witty responses to prompts, and Drawful, Pictionary - like game. During the pandemic, these titles draw massive numbers of people playing remotely through video conferencing and messaging applications like Zoom and Discord. Since that wasnt intended experience of game makers, Jackbox had to pivot quickly to accommodate this new type of audience. And a large one at that. Jackbox Games is alone: in a study conducted by Game Developers Conference, which surveyed 2 426 industry members, 97 percent of respondents were working from home during the pandemic. To break that down further, 70 percent switched to working remotely because of the pandemic, while 27 percent had already been working from home beforehand. The findings also cite that 42 percent say games they were developing have been delayed as result of covid - 19. Remote work has introduced unique obstacles for industry. In GDC roundtable discussion with 50 - plus Game Developers, hosted by Canadian Game development company Hyper Hippo, One developer spoke about how their visual FX studio struggles with communication while working from home. Her workplace solution was to keep direct team members on all - day conference calls with their microphones mute, so that they could easily nudge one another if need arises.

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