Since early 2020, we’ve been masking the COVID-19 aka novel coronavirus pandemic because it’s unfold throughout the globe, particularly because it impacts the web gaming trade. Up to now, we’ve seen studios mandate work-from-home insurance policies and main conventions and esporting occasions shut down in an effort to sluggish the unfold of the virus. We’ve rounded up our full protection of the disaster right here.
Might 13, 2020: Nexon Q1 2020 financials: COVID-19’s economic damage caused ‘no significant disruption’ Might 13, 2020: Warframe of Mind: Five ways to make a more splendiferous TennoCon 2020 Might 13, 2020: Black Desert moves Heidel Ball online, adds Striker on mobile and events on PC Might 12, 2020: MMO Business Roundup: Guerilla Collective, PlayStation Studios, XLGAMES’ new MMO, ChinaJoy, and NCsoft’s baseball team Might 10, 2020: The MOP Up: War Thunder helps the US Army train in quarantine Might 8, 2020: COVID-19 gaming impact roundup: Studios working from home, War Thunder as an Army training tool Might 6, 2020: Albion Online adds mobile improvements like a virtual joystick and Outland banks, raises €42K for COVID-19 relief Might 6, 2020: EA delivers solid Q1 2020, YOY revenue increases, and a promise of game upgrades for next-gen consoles Might 6, 2020: CCP intensifies fight against COVID-19, hopes EVE Online will ‘outlive us all’ Might 6, 2020: Half a million people played Albion Online in April, so its studio is hiring again Might 5, 2020: ActiBlizz Q1 2020: Blizzard MAUs flat at 32M, but revenue jumps ahead of Shadowlands, launching Q4 Might 5, 2020: Massively OP Podcast Episode 270: Words of Warcraft Might 4, 2020: Massively Uplifting: Communities and companies bolster COVID-19 relief and mental health support Might 3, 2020: World of Warships will commemorate the end of WWII with a virtual naval parade Might 2, 2020: LOTRO Legendarium: Wells of Langflood, River-hobbits, and free questing Might 1, 2020: Star Citizen just canceled this year’s CitizenCon 2950 thanks to the pandemic Might 1, 2020: Mark Jacobs says Camelot Unchained’s 90-day plan is still on track Might 1, 2020: GDC Summer, Dota 2’s The International, and Fortnite’s World Cup suffer fresh setbacks thanks to the pandemic April 30, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: Rockstar and Jagex help save the UK’s National Videogame Museum and more April 30, 2020: Guild Wars 2’s next living story episode, No Quarter, will launch without voice acting thanks to the pandemic April 29, 2020: Bethesda donates a total of $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts April 27, 2020: Star Wars Galaxies Legends players share messages of support and goodwill April 22, 2020: SuperData March 2020: Digital games spending sets achieves new highs thanks to COVID-19 April 22, 2020: PAX West 2020 is still tentatively on amid COVID-19 while GameStop re-opens April 21, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: Teaching disease prevention in WoW Elysium, more sports turn to esports April 19, 2020: Overwatch honors a fan on the medical front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak April 18, 2020: San Diego Comic Con is officially cancelled this year thanks to COVID-19 April 17, 2020: Roblox will stream the One World: Together At Home event tomorrow April 16, 2020: Massively Overthinking: MMO business models in the face of recession April 16, 2020: COVID-19: Gamescom goes digital, Star Trek Online honors medics, Raph Koster tackles pandemic denialism April 15, 2020: COVID-19 Roundup: EVE Online’s huge influx of newbies, live Gamescom is probably toast April 14, 2020: RuneScape adjusts the Shattered Worlds (with help from the Ninjas), Jagex gives over $125k to charity April 14, 2020: Massively OP Podcast Episode 267: Who had ‘New World delay’ on their bingo card? April 14, 2020: Over a thousand people rolled toons in Ship of Heroes’ impromptu beta April 14, 2020: Final Fantasy XIV kicks off an eight-day free login campaign April 14, 2020: The Daily Grind: Have you noticed an uptick in players in your MMO of choice? April 11, 2020: Star Wars: The Old Republic shakes up its release schedule thanks to the pandemic April 10, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: Game spending shoots up, Stadia Pro goes free, and GDC tries again April 10, 2020: Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida confirms that patch 5.3 will be delayed in the wake of the pandemic April 9, 2020: Jagex cancels RuneScape’s RuneFest 2020, considers ‘alternative virtual events’ April 9, 2020: Chronicles of Elyria boss says development is still ongoing, still seeking funding April 9, 2020: Blizzard hasn’t canceled BlizzCon 2020 over the pandemic, is still working on the show April 9, 2020: Amazon’s MMO New World just delayed launch from May to August 25 April 8, 2020: MMO Business Roundup: Funcom’s corporate move, Japan’s ratings board, and Dean Hall’s next big thing April 8, 2020: Elder Scrolls Online’s Greymoor has been delayed, but only by about a week April 7, 2020: Our interview with Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida and Yusuke Mogi April 7, 2020: Riot’s Runeterra launches April 30 while COVID-19 slows Valorant April 6, 2020: Massively Uplifting: Cake, coloring, and EVE Online’s PLEX4Good COVID-19 relief April 6, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: Brick-and-mortar game store stupidity, ‘reimagined’ E3 2021, and Twitch’s new record April 6, 2020: Popular Chinese MMO JX3 Online will close in Taiwan following COVID-19 protest April 4, 2020: EVE Online crowns its Champion of Lowsec, posts Pulse video and charity campaign April 3, 2020: Massively Overthinking: How are MMO players faring through the pandemic? April 2, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: Final Fantasy MMORPG disruptions, Xbox Series X release, and philanthropy from Sony and Albion Online April 1, 2020: Pandemic roundup: Humble Conquer COVID-19, Bethsoft events canceled, EA ‘stay and play’ March 31, 2020: Massively on the Go: How Pokemon Go is improving without all the ‘go’ March 31, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: Game platforms, pandemic sales, and the potential for a digital Gamescom March 30, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: #PlayApartTogether, Blade & Soul perks, and Twitch Aid’s $2.7M charity raise March 29, 2020: Final Fantasy XIV temporarily suspends automatic housing demolition because of COVID-19 March 27, 2020: Guild Wars 2’s Super Adventure Box is coming mid-April, not next week, and there’s no new World March 27, 2020: World of Warships’ exercises and recipes, World of Tanks’ overhaul, and War Thunder’s movie set March 27, 2020: Here’s what you can do in Ship of Heroes’ surprise beta right now March 26, 2020: Massively Overthinking: What do you hoard in MMORPGs? March 26, 2020: Twitch Aid 2020 brings together gamers, musicians, and celebs for COVID-19 charity March 26, 2020: COVID-19 drives up WoW Classic queues, threatens UK’s only videogame museum March 26, 2020: Shroud of the Avatar extends an olive branch to Chronicles of Elyria’s community March 24, 2020: MMO blogging community fights quarantine boredom with ‘Blapril 2020’ project March 24, 2020: SuperData February 2020: Fortnite returns to the top 10 as analysts predict COVID-19 impacts March 23, 2020: Skyforge postpones its anniversary, gives a month of free subscription March 23, 2020: COVID-19 roundup: GameStop, unions call foul, Square-Enix, race cars, Blizzard, Skyforge, and Ultima Online housing March 23, 2020: City of Heroes rogue server creates a folding@home team for players to combat coronavirus March 21, 2020: Guild Wars 2 prepares a legendary armory for legendary use as the studio adopts work-from-home policy March 20, 2020: World of Warships offers free premium play, World of Warcraft doubles experience during the outbreak March 20, 2020: Ship of Heroes just announced a ‘surprise beta’ for everyone during the pandemic March 20, 2020: GDC plans summer events as studios from Gamigo to Blizzard to Riot see player surges March 19, 2020: Fallout 76’s free stuff, Population Zero’s giveaway, and Hearthstone’s private events March 19, 2020: Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online just made most content free for the next few weeks March 19, 2020: Razer to manufacture and donate up to a million surgical masks to battle coronavirus March 19, 2020: More and more MMOs are offering sales and events during the coronavirus pandemic March 17, 2020: Massively OP Podcast Episode 263: Cantha or bust March 17, 2020: Daybreak, Cryptic, City State, Frontier, and more MMO studios affected by worldwide pandemic shutdowns March 16, 2020: Coronavirus roundup: GamesCom 2020 is still planned for August – for now March 16, 2020: Steam hits a new peak of 20 million concurrent users thanks to quarantines and social distancing March 14, 2020: Coronavirus roundup: Blizzard, free APB Reloaded, EA esports, HPWU, and how your PC can help humans win March 13, 2020: Warframe studio Digital Extremes cancels in-person TennoCon 2020, turns it fully online March 13, 2020: Coronavirus roundup: EGX Rezzed, Pokemon Go, and using MMOs to learn from home March 12, 2020: Coronavirus roundup: Virtual GDC, Overwatch League suspended, Crowfall and Funcom work-from-home March 11, 2020: Coronavirus leads to E3’s cancellation, plus SMITE and Pokemon Go postpone events March 9, 2020: Coronavirus concerns cancel SXSW, Minecraft Festival, and several FIFA 20 and Apex Legends esports events March 6, 2020: Destiny 2 staff told to work remotely to keep season on track (and the novel coronavirus at bay) March 5, 2020: Blue Protocol’s Japanese closed beta has been delayed nearly a month over coronavirus March 4, 2020: The coronavirus has shut down another six gaming and tech events March 3, 2020: Massively OP Podcast Episode 261: PAX yay, GDC nay March 3, 2020: Coronavirus drives DCUO to beg off a ComicCon, but E3 planning is ‘full speed’ ahead March 2, 2020: CSGO esports set a new online viewership record thanks to quarantine March 1, 2020: The Daily Grind: How much do you see COVID-19 impacting the MMO sphere? February 28, 2020: Coronavirus fears prompt GDC to reschedule to late summer February 28, 2020: Blizzard has now bowed out of GDC 2020 over coronavirus fears February 28, 2020: CCP Games just canceled April’s EVE Fanfest over coronavirus concerns February 27, 2020: EVE Online tours offices as fans debate potential coronavirus impact on Fanfest February 27, 2020: Coronavirus fears knock out more PAX East exhibitors, but GDC will go on as planned February 25, 2020: Wandering Wraeclast: Discover Delirium when Path of Exile’s new league launches March 13 February 25, 2020: EVE Echoes has been ‘hindered’ by the coronavirus but will launch in ‘late 2020’ February 25, 2020: EA becomes the latest studio to back out of a con over coronavirus concerns February 24, 2020: The mayor of Boston asks Sony to reconsider withdrawing from PAX East February 23, 2020: The MOP Up: Coronavirus concerns are impacting PAX East 2020 February 21, 2020: Square Enix has canceled most of its Final Fantasy XIV and FFXI PAX East festivities over the coronavirus January 31, 2020: MMO Business Roundup: Stadia, Coronavirus, E3, VR, EVE Fanfest, Discord, and WOTC’s BioWare devs January 30, 2020: Blizzard’s Overwatch League matches in China are on hold for two months for the coronavirus January 27, 2020: League of Legends Chinese pro esports league suspends events over spreading coronavirus