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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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GDC’s 2021 State of the Game Industry Report Points to Slow but Certain Evolutions

GDC has released its 2021 “State of the Games Industry” report, a collection of statistics resulting from over 3,000 game developers which represents the current industry. The report goes over topics such as how the COVID-19 pandemic affected productivity, hardware preferences (there’s a strong interest in the PlayStation 5, for…

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One Year Later: How the Pandemic Has Affected the Video Game Industry

One year ago, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be an international pandemic. While governments around the globe scrambled to deal with the life-threatening virus, or in many cases fail to deal with it, businesses that could work from home pushed their employees to abruptly convert their living spaces…

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A List of Every E3 2020 Replacement Virtual Event

Everything happens so much — it’s something we can certainly say for this year among all years. As the gaming industry, like many others, shifts to working from home, so have its annual events. Instead of E3 2020, we’ll be getting basically a whole summer’s worth of gaming events. But…

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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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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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ESA Announces the Dates for a “Reimagined” E3 2021, But There’s No Reimagining Its Troubled History

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced the dates for E3 2021, which will take place on June 15-17, 2021. The announcement was made earlier this week to the company’s partners, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The ESA canceled E3 2020 in early March after it became clear COVID-19 would pose a serious…

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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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GameStop Stores are Now Temporarily Closed, But Permanently Inessential

GameStop is an inessential retailer, so much so that it has actually never been less essential — we’ve known this and, thankfully, it’s official now. As of today, March 22, GameStop storefronts around the nation are temporarily closed to combat the ongoing COV-19 pandemic. The company made the announcement yesterday,…

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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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Fanbyte Evening News March 12, 2020

Here’s your audio roundup for this evening’s news! Direct link here or use the embed below. You can find our Morning, Evening, and Sunday edition short podcasts on the Fanbyte FM feed of your favorite podcatcher.

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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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South Korean Overwatch League Matches Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Blizzard’s Overwatch League announced today that all planned matches taking place in South Korea are hereby cancelled (for the time being), over safety concerns stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. This is the second time since the coronavirus emerged that Blizzard has had to cancel Overwatch League matches —…

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