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Games vs Covid-19: Pokemon Go gets more indoor features

With movement restrictions impacting many millions of people globally, the time spent on screen-based entertainment is increasing.

This chronologically-ordered list is an attempt to keep tabs on stories reflecting such behaviour so game developers can better understand how different platforms and titles are performing.

Hopefully it will also be useful for consumers as various games and game services become more accessible in terms of pricing. 

30 March:

29 March:

27 March:

25 March:

24 March:

23 March:

  • Steam breaks its concurrent user record again – 22 million
  • “It remains to be seen which verticals see the most growth as the quarantine phase of the Coronavirus pandemic gives way to the recession phase. But as it stands now, gaming hasn’t been the primary beneficiary of this moment.”

22 March:

21 March:

  • Jam City announces in-game specials and gifts across seven titles including Cookie Jam and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and Panda Pop over the weekend and coming week. 

20 March:

19 March:

18 March:

17 March:

16 March:

15 March:

  • According to the unofficial SteamDB website, Steam hits a new all-time record for concurrent users with 20.3 million users during a 24-hour period
  • Some users suffer from sign-in issues on Xbox Live, which takes a couple of hours to fix  
  • Real Betis and Sevilla played their scheduled derby via FIFA 2020 and Twitch

14 March


Contributing Editor

A Pocket Gamer co-founder, Jon is Contributing Editor at which means he acts like a slightly confused uncle who’s forgotten where he’s left his glasses. As well as letters and cameras, he likes imaginary numbers and legumes.

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