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GDC survey finds 35% of developers say their productivity is better from home

As we’ve already seen several instances of so far, attitudes about remote work have been shifting in the games industry since the Covid-19 pandemic forced a work from home lifestyle last year. Multiple companies have since instituted permanent work from home policies, such as Square Enix and Hi-Rez Studios, after finding that the setup was working well for them. According to this year’s GDC survey, many developers personally feel that they’re doing well working from home. A total of 67% of the more than 3,000 developers surveyed feel that their productivity has been the same or better since working remotely….

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PAX East 2021 is cancelled but PAX Online is coming back in July

If you’re looking at the 2021 calendar and really starting to miss your usual gaming convention trips, PAX has some good and bad news. The bad news is that PAX East, which had been tentatively scheduled for June 2021, is officially cancelled. The good news is that PAX Online will make a comeback in July and the organizers are feeling “cautiously optimistic” about hosting PAX West in person this September. Read more

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Pokemon World Championships 2021 axed due to coronavirus

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 12 February 2021 16:55 GMT Event has been bumped until next year.The Pokemon Company has cancelled the Pokemon World Championships this year because of the coronavirus.In a post on its website, the firm wrote that the upcoming event for the Pokemon Trading Card Game, video game, and its Pokken Tournament DX World Championships would be moved until 2022. This is due to – what else? – the on-going coronavirus pandemic.The Pokemon Company says it has spoken to the World Health Organization, Public Health England, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to help…

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No physical Fortnite events planned for 2021, Epic Games confirms

Epic Games has confirmed that physical Fortnite events, such as the Fortnite World Cup, will be held online-only throughout 2021.Epic said it has no plans to hold in-person Fortnite events next year, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.The publisher noted that its desire is to hold online-only events for the foreseeable and that extends even to the biggest annual events in the Fortnite calendar, such as the Fortnite World Cup.of interest to visit too, with more expected as the season progresses.“Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety…

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Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine delayed

Despite having just launched one blockbuster with another due next month, we might have a while to go before Ubisoft’s next round of games. During today’s financial earnings report, Ubisoft revealed that both Far Cry 6 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine have been pushed back into the next financial year, setting their release dates as no sooner than April 1st, 2021. (more…)

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Rio Major cancelled, and Valve addresses cheating coaches

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down yet another gaming event. This time it’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s Rio Major, and Valve say they won’t be scheduling any more of the tournaments until LAN events are safe to hold around the world again. Valve have also addressed coaches being able to cheat in competitive games for years using a bug, detailing the action they’ll be taking against these cheaty cheaters. (more…)

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One of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater’s empty schools is still closed for the pandemic

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 doesn’t need to explain why its schoolyards, warehouses and backlots are devoid of human life. It’s a skateboarding game, who cares? Nevertheless, a little bit of worldbuilding has landed Tony’s kickflip adventure squarely in reality, revealing that at least one of the game’s school stages has been closed for Covid-19. (more…)

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If you buy a Halo face mask, the profits will be used to make two more for frontline workers

You can now buy an officially licensed Halo face mask online, and if you do, the profits will be used to manufacture two more for medical facilities and frontline workers. A new type of Halo face mask is now available to purchase on Metathreads. At $19.95, it’s pretty steep – however, the description notes that for every Halo face mask sold, two more will be provided to people working in healthcare and other frontline services free of charge.If you’re curious and are feeling particularly charitable, you can check out the design of the Halo face mask below, which is being…

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Rockstar donates 5% of revenue from in-game purchases to charity

By Cian Maher, Monday, 3 August 2020 18:52 GMT Rockstar Games has donated 5% of the revenue it earned from in-game purchases in GTA Online and Red Dead Online throughout April and May to a variety of charities all over the world. The news comes from the Rockstar Games Twitter account, where the company posted a statement about its recent donations. You can check out the tweet below. Rockstar Games COVID-19 Relief Update: https://t.co/ylZhMgt450 pic.twitter.com/fw7YevRWmZ — Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) August 3, 2020“The Rockstar Games community is amazing,” reads the official statement. “Recently we pledged to donate 5% of our revenue…

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China Isn’t Cancelling Its Biggest Game Show

While E3 and the Tokyo Game Show have been scrapped in favor of virtual events, China Joy will go forward as planned—as an in-person event. As Shanghai Daily reports, the show will be held from July 31 to August 3. Special measures will be in place to help keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Besides submitting to temperature checks, attendees will need to disclose their real name as well as show valid ID and a health code tracking app. According to South China Morning Post, the app gives each Chinese citizen a color to denote whether or not they could be carrying…

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Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft Respond To The News Of E3’s Cancellation

Earlier today, the Entertainment Software Association said it will cancel the video game trade show E3 this year amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, aka coronavirus. Since the announcement, major game publishers have said they still plan to share news about upcoming games, but in a different format.Despite Sony pulling out of the show altogether starting last year, E3 remains one of the biggest gaming events of the year, a valuable place for game makers to meet with one another and show off their creations to the world. Many publishers like Microsoft and Electronic Arts had left the…