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Hot Five: Hay Day Pop soft-launched, how the games industry is tackling coronavirus, and Marvel Duel beta details

Hot Five: Hay Day Pop soft-launched, how the games industry is tackling coronavirus, and Marvel Duel beta details

To help you keep on top of a busy news cycle and the latest hot topics in mobile gaming, each week we round up the five most-read stories on

Read on and digest...

5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC likely delayed by coronavirus

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has mentioned in his weekly Famitsu column that the release of future DLC characters for the game will likely be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It may only be a minor thing, but it also seems likely that Sakurai will step away from the Smash Bros. franchise once this DLC pack is complete, so this also extends the time he has to spend with the series.

4. China mobile game downloads skyrocketed by 80% in February 2020

Excerpt: "Average daily time spent across mobile devices rose to five hours, showing a 30 per cent jump for the same period. Across the App Store, downloads in China equalled 63 million per week in February, a 25 per cent increase over the previous month."

The top games by downloads across iOS and Android around the world, from App Annie

3. NetEase and Marvel Games are launching a closed beta for Marvel Duel

NetEase and Marvel Games have launched a closed beta for card game Marvel Duel on March 19th in Thailand and the Philippines.

Marvel Duel features 150 characters from the Marvel universe, such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Star-Lord.

2. Games vs Covid-19: Steam concurrent daily record now 22 million

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the entire world as we know it, and a lot of the time, that can be pretty scary. So we're taking some time to look at how the games industry is reacting, with a focus on the positive and interesting stories out there.

Recent updates include a new virtual Formula 1 Grand Prix tournament featuring real F1 racers, the consistent record-breaking Steam daily concurrent user numbers, and the fact that GameStop has finally closed its doors to protect its workers.

1. Supercell quietly soft-launches casual match-3 puzzler Hay Day Pop

It's not every day Supercell trials a new game - and it's definitely not every day that Supercell breaks out of its established strategy genre and tackles something new.

But last week saw both these things come true on the same day, as Hay Day Pop soft-launched in three locations. Whether it will make it to a full launch is yet to be seen.

Hay Day Pop App Store images


Ric is the Editor of, having started out as a Staff Writer on the site back in 2015. He received an honourable mention in both the MCV and Develop 30 Under 30 lists in 2016 and refuses to let anyone forget about it.


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