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Cancelations and Escalation: How NJPW Has Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic So Far

After more than a year with no cases linked to the company, New Japan Pro Wrestling experienced a COVID-19 outbreak in its roster this weekend, with nine wrestlers testing positive for the coronavirus. These cases come while Japan is under a state of emergency because of a nationwide surge in…

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How Is Pro Wrestling During a Pandemic Going?

Fanfyte was founded a year ago to coincide with what looked like a big boom in the world of pro wrestling. AEW premiering a weekly national TV show to rival WWE? The biggest promotions in Japan and Mexico finally easily accessible internationally via streaming? Independent wrestling having exciting, experimental, fun…

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Q&A with Wrestler and Nobody Show Mastermind Miyako Matsumoto

Last April, DDT’s esteemed promoter, wrestler, and van target Sanshiro Takagi issued a challenge to his colleague, Miyako Matsumoto: produce a wrestling show that featured no people at all. Not just no audience, but no announcers, no ref, and no wrestlers.  In both concept and commissioning, this was an inspired…

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Evo 2020 Cancelled in Favor of Online Event Coming ‘This Summer’

The Evolution Championship Series, an illegal hotel-room gambling event with ancillary fighting game tournaments based out of Las Vegas, has predictably cancelled its planned 2020 festivities, due to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 1 million Americans and lead to nearly 60,000 deaths in…

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It’s Time to Raise Our Expectations of Pro Wrestling

The thing about pro wrestling is that the bar is low. Like really low. Like really, really low. Like all a wrestling promoter needs to do to be a shining example of what a wrestling promoter should be is pay the talent fairly and on time. All a wrestler needs…

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GameStop Cuts Executive Salaries, Will Reopen Stores in GA, SC

As the United States continues to suffer historic levels of infection and death at the hands of the global COVID-19 pandemic, GameStop yesterday announced its intentions to reopen stores in Georgia and South Carolina; two states that will soon allow non-essential businesses to resume operations, despite the fact that the…

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An Unbearable Descent Into Hell: WWE As An Essential Business

I want to start by going back to 2018, when World Wrestling Entertainment was last the center of national and international scorn. You may remember 2018’s Crown Jewel event, broadcast live from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia exactly one month after the state carried out the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal…

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The Owen Hart Police Report Is a Chilling Reminder of WWE’s History with Worker Safety

Earlier this month, when the coronavirus pandemic and the safety measures designed to slow its spread started threatening not just pro wrestling, but the live event business in general, WWE’s public stance was curious. The situation did escalate quickly, but WWE’s initial defiance in the face of the novel coronavirus…

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Conquer COVID-19 and Quarantine Boredom With Humble’s Latest Bundle

The helpful hands at Humble have assembled a truly massive charity bundle featuring 44 games, 23 ebooks, one documentary and (inexplicably) a single piece of music creation software. For a low, one-time payment of $30 — 100 percent of which goes to COVID-19 relief — you too can own such…

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SGDQ Delayed by Pandemic, Replaced With ‘Corona Relief Done Quick’

Games Done Quick, the beloved bi-annual speedrunning charity marathon organization, today announced that its massive, week-long Summer Games Done Quick extravaganza has been postponed until August 16 due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. (Not gonna lie, still feels weird to write articles that contain the phrase “ongoing global pandemic,”…

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Comic Shops Face Infinite Crises as COVID-19 Shuts Doors, Halts Distribution

We don’t talk comics all that often here on Fanbyte, but it’d be a little silly to pretend that comic books haven’t had a truly immeasurable impact on pop culture over the last hundred or so years, with particular emphasis on the last decade and change. And like all other…

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Actually, Wrestling Is the Last Thing We Need Right Now

At the risk of repeating myself, it is insane that there is still professional wrestling on television right now. It is irresponsible that there is still professional wrestling on television right now. It is, depending on your level of concern over coronavirus, morally reprehensible that there is still professional wrestling…

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Gamestop Has Never Been Less Essential

According to an internal memo provided to Kotaku by an anonymous inside source, Gamestop management has recommended that store employees attempt to defy municipal and state orders to cease operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming that Gamestop locations are the same kind of exempt “essential retail” services as hospitals, pharmacies,…

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Gamestop Cancelling Midnight Launch Events Indefinitely

It seems that even the capitalists on the bridge of the S.S. Gamestop are willing to concede the dangers of cramming 50 or more people into tiny strip mall suites, as cities nationwide continue shutting down non-essential businesses and/or instituting shelter-in-place orders amid the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the novel…

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Wrestling In a Time of Pandemic

There shouldn’t be any wrestling right now. The fact that wrestling is a going concern, regardless of how many people are or aren’t sitting in the audience, is wildly irresponsible. One of the only live sporting events on television on Friday, SmackDown’s broadcast from the WWE Performance Center was restricted to…

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Scuttlebutt Says That E3’s Cancellation Is Imminent

The cancellation of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo will be announced sometime tomorrow morning, according to multiple industry insiders citing anonymous sources on Twitter. Additionally, Ars Technica reports that it has confirmed the cancellation through its own sources. Meanwhile, Kotaku News Editor Jason Schreier reports that an anonymous informant with…

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Turbografx-16 Mini Delayed ‘Until Further Notice’ Due to Coronavirus

Konami’s Turbografx-16 mini throwback microconsole, as well as its European and Japanese siblings, the Core Grafx mini and PC Engine mini, have been delayed indefinitely due to manufacturing issues caused by the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, aka COVID-19. The microconsole, which I could have sworn came out sometime last…

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Bungie Enacts ‘Fully Remote Work Infrastructure’ to Avoid COVID-19

Despite the launch of Destiny 2‘s next major content patch being less than a week away, Bungie has converted its entire workforce of 600 to a work-from-home model in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst its employees. Bungie says that it will “eventually re-integrate employees back into our…

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GDC Pulls out of GDC 2020 [UPDATE]

UPDATE: The official GDC Twitter account issued the following update to its FAQ: Additional info: pic.twitter.com/GgUTL0dUc3 — Official_GDC (@Official_GDC) February 29, 2020 “You will be receiving an email about your registration status and any next steps regarding refunds, which conference and expo attendees will be receiving in full,” the newly…

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Microsoft, Epic, and Unity Latest to Bounce on Ever-Shrinking GDC 2020

Microsoft, Epic Games (and its Unreal Engine division), and fellow engine maker Unity Technologies all separately announced today that they are pulling out of this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. This brings the total number of high-profile absences up…

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