Rather than spam you with countless stories about the ongoing coronavirus situation, which frankly is quite depressing, we’ve decided to round them up today.
Sony: Sony have said they will pay all North American and European PlayStation staff who are confined to their homes regardless of whether they can continue to work or not, through to at least April 30th. A leaked memo has also revealed that some staff are being offered a one off payment of $1,000 so they can buy laptops and whatever else they need to work from home.
Kojima Productions: The developer has reported the first case of COVID-19 within it’s staff but the team member has been at home since March 20th. However, the local rules on going to work in Japan seems to be rather lighter than here in the UK so the offices are to re-open after a deep clean.
We are working closely with public health authorities and they have informed us that since this
employee was not in the office at the time of symptoms onset, all other KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS
employees are not considered “close contacts”, meaning that it is not mandatory to close the office.
However, we at KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS have independently decided to enact the following
precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of all our employees as well as the broader
• Temporarily close the office floor
• Sanitize all office facilities
• All working staff will now work remotely
• Supervise and support for the health condition of all staff
KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS will continue working closely with our public health authorities and enact
additional precautions as necessary to prevent further spread in any way possible.
Square Enix: Final Fantasy VIX players who are ill need not worry about their virtual homes being demolished. Until now if players did not check in to their homes regularly they would be automatically deleted.
Taking into account the world-wide spread of the COVID-19 (also known as’“novel coronavirus’) and the economical effects of various cities going into lockdown, we have decided to temporarily suspend automatic housing demolition. Please see below for details.
Date and Time Auto-Demolition Counter Will be Suspended: Mar. 26, 2020 8:10 p.m. (PDT)
Worlds in Which Auto-Demolition Will Be Suspended: All Worlds
*After the above date and time, the counter will stop completely.
*If your estate or land is currently being prepared for auto-demolition, you can cancel this status by entering your estate or constructing an estate on your land.
*When the Auto-Demolition Counter resumes it will resume from the time remaining as of the temporary suspension. (Excludes estates/lands where the demolition process has been canceled.)
Sony: North American players will find bandwidth has been throttled on the PSN in line withe measures taken in Europe last week.
Gamestop: The North American retailer seems to be showing it’s true colours during the pandemic, first they decided games were an ‘essential service’ so their stores could stay open. They were roundly criticised and backtracked, but now the Boston Globe reports that despite a state wide shut down of non essential business, Gamestop has reopened and told their staff to wrap plastic bags round their hands.
The message, titled “Chip card best practices,” says: “Lightly (you want to be able to get it off easily) tape a Game Stop plastic bag over your hand and arm. Do not open the door all the way —keep the glass between you and the guest’s face — just reach out your arm.”
“It’s like they’re an animal or a pet,” said the manager. “I have to make a choice between doing a job that nobody needs during a pandemic and not being paid, and possibly infecting people or being infected,” he said. “We know for a fact the disease is contagious even when you’re asymptomatic.”
Games Done Quick: Ending on a more positive note, Games Done Quick will host a charity stream to raise money for those affected by COVID-19.
GDQ will be holding an online marathon, Corona Relief Done Quick, from April 17-19, 2020. One hundred percent of all CRDQ donations will go directly to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.
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