Telework interfere with the operation of the teams and the crisis is already being felt in some.
The video game industry seems for the time spared by the pandemic of sars coronavirus. It is the opposite that occurs and the sector accumulates the good news. It is as well the sales of games which are very impressive figures for a few months. Online platforms such as Steam have also broke the record of attendance during the confinement.
All goes well also for streaming video games, and during the second quarter of 2020, more than five billion hours of viewing have been recorded on Twitch, $ 2 billion more than the previous three months.
25 % of developers have seen their incomes decline
These excellent results could let us think that all is for the best in the video game industry. It should, however, see a more long-term and the crisis generated by the Covid-19 will not be without consequences. A survey conducted on the occasion of the Game Developers Conference, which will be held in August next, allows us to measure the impact on the lives of men and women in the sector.
2500 developers have responded to questions about the impact of the crisis and identified their aspirations for the future. 32 % of respondents felt that they were less productive at home than they are at the office. Many also felt that they do more hours than when they are on site. Working at home is now a reality for 70 % of them, while 27 % télétravaillaient already in the past.
This new operation could have an impact on the production time. A third of respondents say they have already had to delay a project. Telework, therefore, is not necessarily ideal for the video game industry, moreover, 2/3 of the developers claim that their company is hoping a return to the office soon. This perspective does the enchants little as only 12 % of them say that they feel safe enough to return to work.
Finally, the social consequences are already felt. 25% of respondents have seen their income decrease, and a third indicates that the results of their company are down since the beginning of the pandemic.
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