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Game developers are working even harder during COVID-19 pandemic

GDC polls 2500 game developers, finds out that most of them are working harder than ever during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Anthony Garreffa
Published Fri, Jul 17 2020 7:37 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Anyone who works from home or has the ability to work from home, has most likely been busier than ever before. Personally, I'm busier than I've ever been and I'm a hard worker that has put 70-80 hours a week, every week, into TweakTown, for over 8 years.

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Well, it's not just me -- but plenty of game developers are working harder than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Game Developers Conference recently polled around 2500 game developers, to see how the impact of COVID-19 has had on the gaming industry.

What they found was that less than 10% of developers said they were laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19. Around a third of game developers polled saw business increase, while another third of game developers saw business decrease.

Does it come as a surprise? Of course not -- we're seeing games pushed back months, and sometimes more because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its many stresses and domino effects in the world.

One of the developers said: "The biggest overall team challenge has been managing ambient stress. Everyone has been affected by the pandemic in some way, even if not directly, and the general atmosphere of anxiety is impossible to ignore completely".

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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