Rockstar Games Employees Will Be Working Remotely Due to Increasing Concern Over Coronavirus
With the Coronavirus gradually spreading across the world, all of Rockstar Games' studios will be working remotely from home.
Recently, COVID-19 (coronavirus) has caused development studios to shut its doors and with its employees working remotely for continuing its projects. Rockstar Games, the developers behind Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, announced they have prepared everything it needs for its employees to work from home. The studio has issued this statement on Twitter:
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With the number of infected people increasing in North America and Europe over the last few weeks, some governments have ruled new restrictions, even for stepping out of the home. However, in countries with lower rates of infection, companies are being advised to shut the doors for a limited time and try to use alternative methods such as working remotely. As for video game developers, Bungie was one of the first studios that closed the offices and sent employees to their homes. The policy now is being followed by CD Projekt RED and Rockstar Games as well, with both of them having a lot of employees working on big projects.
While Rockstar’s future games are yet to be revealed, the studio ensured players that all its online multiplayer games will be available during the closure of the offices, and the support team will be doing its job without any interruptions. This includes both Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.
Coronavirus has almost interrupted every industry in the world since its appearance in China, and the video games industry is no exception. E3 2020 is probably the biggest victim of COVID-19 in the gaming industry up until now. Recently, the Gamescom Twitter account has also reacted to the concerns over the current situation, revealing that they plan to hold the expo on its scheduled date unless some restrictions from authorities say otherwise.