Global pandemic takes video games success to the next level

The gaming industry has seen sales hit records in recent weeks. In March, when much of the world went into lockdown, global sales approached $1.6 billion – a 35 percent increase on the same period last year. To talk more about the impact of Covid-19 on the gaming industry, Eve Jackson speaks to Andres Perez-Duarte of New York-based, BAFTA-nominated, award-winning studio iNK Stories and Declan Cassidy from Into Games – the UK-based non-profit that runs “Side Quest”, which supports young people wanting a gaming career.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

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