Up For Debate - What impact is the Coronavirus having on the game industry and gaming?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 4:22 PM

As it continues to spread, we are all probably well aware of the corona virus. It has of course been picked up swiftly by the media as the severity of this issue continues to grow. With it being such an important topic we wanted to provide a place for gamers to chat about the level of impact this could have on gaming in general. To what degree do we think the gaming industry will suffer and how does this impact compare to that seen across other industries?

Is there the possibility that, perhaps we may see the number of games sales increase, as we all look to provide additional home entertainment during periods of self isolation?

So for any not aware, large numbers of employees are being asked to work from home in order to encourage self-isolation and therefore slow the spread of the virus. However this obviously has drawbacks in terms of how people will work when they don’t have access to their office or tools. We’ve seen these negative effects already in the stock market.

For some, this provides a new situation, as a number of us in the world will experience what it’s like to work from home for the first time. We live in a digital society and certain jobs could just as easily be done at home than in an office. Many games companies are sending their developers home to work, and yet they’re still able to do their jobs, at least for now.

And so we were curious what you thought about the level of impact this all could have on the games industry and in what areas you think the game industry is particularly vulnerable? Or is there any area like an increase in game sales, that you think might come about as a by-product?

Or maybe everyone will be too sick to play games? Perhaps developers will slow down on their work because they can’t meet each other face-to-face, or interact with technology back at the office that will help them progress. Maybe sending the developers home will hinder their performance and we’ll actually see a negative impact on the industry?

Either way, the coronavirus has disrupted our world and from this situation what impact do you foresee in the short and long term on the game industry?

Note from Felix - The original article on the Coronavirus, in relation to the gaming industry, was not meant to be insensitive in any way. If some read it as such, then I am definitely very sorry. When I read the article I realised that yes it certainly could be read as pretty insensitive.

So I have re-written it here and for the time being I will leave the other article up. The intention of that article was actually to provide GD members a place to chat about this important topic and the sort of impact the Coronavirus might have on the gaming industry. As that is basically what Game-Debate aims to do across most things, provide gamers with a place to discuss stuff, in relation to gaming.

And so, I would like this article to be a place where we can discuss, from a gaming industry perspective, this global situation. And one of the points for discussion is that perhaps, as a by-product, the game industry could see an uplift in game sales, as large numbers of people start to self isolate and then look for home based activities to entertain them, during this difficult time.

Gaming normally gets quite a negative deal from the general media, but we know that gaming can be a great thing to embrace; often helping people reach out across cultures, expanding social networks of online friends and helping people learn etc. I have certainly met a lot of great long term friends around the subject of gaming.

If/when you self-isolate, would you think about picking up a new game to entertain yourself with and if so, what game would you opt for? I think I would probably get a turn based strategy or the latest Crusader Kings DLC, as that will provide plenty of gaming hours.

Also, have you thought about pre-downloading your games now to prepare for the strain the internet service providers may be put under, once everyone is watching streaming TV services?

Right, over to you. What do you guys think regarding this serious global Coronavirus situation and what impact do you feel like it is having on gaming today and in the future?

Will you buy a new game to entertain you during self isolation?

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12:38 Apr-26-2020

Covid is good for the game industry in my opinion. It is also good for the world. It will change a lot of things that needed to be changed all for the good.I know it is hard to see that right now but it will just watch!

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22:52 Mar-17-2020

@Felix
This might come off the wrong way, but I'm going to say it anyway.
Never apologize for having an opinion and writing about it.

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12:13 Mar-18-2020

I didn't read anything "insensitive" in that article, to be honest. It's just plain language - "some people are sick, some are bored, we don't know what's gonna happen". Nothing bad there, IMO.

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14:02 Mar-18-2020

I didn't see anything insensitive in it either.
The issue is that I don't want Felix to think, that he has to apologize for every perceived hurt feeling.
When you go down that road you'll lose who you are.

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11:16 Mar-17-2020

The same impact it will have on anyone else - panic, misery, paranoia and loss of life.


The Coronavirus is not something out of which any good shall come and neither should we try to take any good from it based on material desires as any good in material desires this virus brings, it takes away in the form of health and lives of others.


The best thing we can do in this time is to come together as a community to help each other, avoid hoarding or black marketing and pray that everyone in general gets through this period safely.

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09:43 Mar-17-2020

I'm pretty sure game devs/publishers will offer some temporary free games, afterall playing games is one of few things people still can do in quarantine/isolation,


on the other hand I would really like to request everyone to avoid excessive internet usage - I know it's an almost impossible task, as most games suffer from online DRM, downloading games takes often over 100GBs, similarly movies and other content (even when streaming the content, be aware of that) and the online games and ability to chat with friends and other social interaction helps - BUT keep in mind with most companies and businessmen operating at home office mode and similarly any news providers (TV, radio etc..) are all relying on functional internet, so it's more important than ever not to unnecessarily stress and overload entire network, please be responsible and selfless

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22:54 Mar-17-2020

Some American IPS have actually lifted the data caps.

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12:15 Mar-18-2020

I'll be "selfish" and use the internet how I've been using it before. And if some "news" network can't tell me how scary the virus is for the 99th time one morning - I won't feel at a loss...

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08:16 Mar-17-2020

Preordered Doom Eternal, so my body is ready!

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06:50 Mar-17-2020

F1 2019 for me. and a bunch of Indie games that I've got pending. and if the isolation gets extended more than 3 weeks Just Cause 3 here I come. I am currently working in the Service industry sure i mostly do office admin but if a lockdown

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06:52 Mar-17-2020

scenario is enforced in Bombay where i stay then work comes to a complete halt as office servers will be off and no engineers will be working so yeah it'll be a game marathon for me.

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00:37 Mar-17-2020

I have quite a backlog of games that I've not played due to time constraints and a lot of old games I want to revisit. However either way, I wouldn't see myself bying new games in a while. There are a lot of people who can work from home (good for you) but then again there are people who simply cannot, warehouse workers etc. There's a big chance of actually getting laid-off, alongside landing a two week quarantine. Corona is already killing small-businesses and entrepreneurs.

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23:58 Mar-16-2020

Probably, will just end up buying a couple co-op games on the switch and Animal Crossing. But the backlog I got now can probably last me for years.

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22:22 Mar-16-2020

im in isolation for no specific meaning for 2 weeks from work...HELL YEA MAN i play all the games i want all day and do 1 hour of work Xd

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19:07 Mar-16-2020

Steam just said there was 20million concurrent players online. If anyone had to stay home, there will definitely be ways to keep busy.

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17:58 Mar-16-2020

i was thinking for a second to buy the new fifa but i need to go to the bank to put money in my card, but then i decided not to cz i need to go outside with all the spreads xD. Also i was replaying to one of the commends i know what you meant. Will the player base of an ex. game increase due to C-19

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18:26 Mar-16-2020

oh my god please stop buying fifa games, they are all the same year after year filled with microtransactions, on top of all that charge $60 bucks?

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18:38 Mar-16-2020

Honestly, the 10 hour from EA access was enough for me to determine not buying this FIFA. First FIFA I haven't bought since '97.. Sometimes I miss it, but I'm done giving them money for a roster/kit update. They only care about Ultimate Team. They gave up on club mode and career mode. NHL is next. NHL 20 is horrible. If '21 isn't better, it's getting axed.

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19:14 Mar-16-2020

lal. I bought fifa 18 or 19 once and i refunded it since the MP servers were so laggy and i couldnt play it. Also the people who got their mic on were killing me.

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20:16 Mar-16-2020

I never really had an issue with the servers, but they were down quite often on 19. Luckily I have like 30+ friends that play so it was always easy for me to find a club to jump into so never dealt with randoms lol. But 20 was the end of FIFA for me. I really hope 21 is good cause I miss playing.

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17:21 Mar-16-2020

Look many people like me will have a paranoia to avoid buying PC Components and Periphals. The delivery boy can be suspicious let alone if not Chinese factory manufacturing and import.

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17:36 Mar-16-2020

let alone if not Chinese



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16:55 Mar-16-2020

I’d like to see how games such as Fortnite and Apex Legends do during the pandemic. If Mommy and Daddy are unable to work from home and therefore have no money then Timmy won’t be able to buy those useless cosmetic add-ons. Epic Games could be in trouble if this lasts a long time. They would have to lower prices on their worthless micro transactions.

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17:17 Mar-16-2020

BUT THEY CAN PLAY STILL!

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18:28 Mar-16-2020

yes, i mean kids could spend al they want, i cant imagine a grown man/women that is not aware what happens with their banl account, i think they are aware that their kid is spending on certain game.

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