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Recap: How has the coronavirus impacted the mobile games industry?

Your hub for all the latest information on Covid-19's affect on mobile games
Recap: How has the coronavirus impacted the mobile games industry?

The world of mobile games is known for its rapid change, but the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak has affected it in unprecedented ways.

From event cancellations to delayed production lines, all the way to rises and falls in the games people are playing, we're covering everything that the outbreak is affecting in our industry on

There's a lot of information out there, so we're collecting all of our articles in one place so you can get all the latest stories, studies, and opinions quickly and easily. And we'll update this article as new stories come in, so you're always up-to-date.

For more information on Covid-19 itself, be sure to read the World Health Organisation's website. 


Pokemon Go sees huge increase in revenue during coronavirus outbreak

Riot Games gives $1.5 million to help coronavirus relief efforts

Exclusive: Supercell's Brawl Stars grows by 35% amid coronavirus outbreak

National Videogame Museum turns to fundraising to prevent closure caused by coronavirus

Keywords Studios accused of insisting its staff still come to work despite the coronavirus outbreak

Facebook and Nintendo donate masks to aid against the coronavirus

Update: Animal Crossing: New Horizons breaks Switch sales records in Japan and UK

Ninja has donated $150,000 to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak

Update: Games are "exploiting" coronavirus SEO on the App Store

Ukie launches its own online wiki for the games industry

Plague Inc. creator Ndemic Creations donates $250,000 to coronavirus relief efforts

King offers UK Candy Crush players unlimited lives to distract from coronavirus

UK government closes all "non-essential" shops including electronics and video games to prevent coronavirus spread

Report: GameStop shuts its doors after claims it is "essential retail"

Game Workers Unite says staff deserve greater security

MyTona, inDriver, and Arsen Tomsky pledge $500,000 to Russian hospitals amid coronavirus pandemic

Playtika is donating its catered meals to local communities to help against the coronavirus

Razer commits to donating up to one million surgical masks to fight COVID-19

Ukie and Sheridans team up for coronavirus hotline

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC likely delayed by coronavirus

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot pens supportive letter to staff regarding coronavirus

Update: Apple removes Plague Inc. from China App Store due to licensing issues

Update: Rockstar, EA and Maysalward are the latest companies to enforce remote working due to the coronavirus

Apple closes all its retails stores outside China

Niantic postpones Pokemon GO community day and rolls out update to help self-isolation

Glu Mobile restricts travel for employees and embraces remote working amidst coronavirus

Google Play opens up donations for coronavirus relief efforts on its store

Take-Two boss Zelnick believes coronavirus could lead to more remote working

Sonic the Hedgehog film stopped in tracks as coronavirus delays China release

The Chinese government is backing a new virus killing game

Update: Apple sales expected to fall due to iPhone production delay from coronavirus

Nintendo Switch global production output hit by coronavirus

Update: Nintendo confirms coronavirus has impacted Switch production

Apple restricts employee travel as firm monitors coronavirus

Plague Inc. overtakes Minecraft as top paid app in the US due to coronavirus association

Plague Inc. developer Ndemic Creations warns players to look elsewhere for coronavirus information

Events news

The Taipei Game Show 2020 cancelled due to the coronavirus

Develop:Brighton delayed until November 2nd-4th as coronavirus uncertainty continues

Evo 2020 is still happening

The New Zealand Games Festival is postponed till 2021

Develop:Brighton 2020 still planned to go ahead in July

The London Games Festival 2020 will be online-only

Rezzed and Reboot Develop Blue postponed over coronavirus concerns

Gamescom organisers confirm trade show is still happening

Devcom 2020 is still taking place despite Covid-19 concerns

Gamesweek Berlin and EGX Rezzed delayed surrounding coronavirus threat

BAFTA Game Awards goes digital to avoid coronavirus spread

BitSummit cancelled over coronavirus concerns

Update: ESA officially cancels E3 2020 as coronavirus looms

Game Connection America 2020 is postponed due to coronavirus concerns

Mojang cancels Minecraft Festival due to coronavirus concerns

SXSW 2020 will not take place due to the coronavirus

Epic cancels Unreal Fest Europe 2020 over coronavirus concerns

Update: E3 is still taking place despite LA declaring a state of emergency

Games First London 2020 and Google I/O cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Game Connection America 2020 will still go ahead

GDC 2020 "postponed"

Update: Wooga and IronSource become latest companies to skip GDC due to coronavirus

Epic and Microsoft join Unity, EA, Facebook and Sony in withdrawing from GDC 2020

Unity Technologies back outs of GDC 2020 due to concerns around coronavirus

San Francisco declares "state of emergency" over coronavirus, GDC still going ahead

Updated: Square Enix, Capcom and more cancel apperances at PAX East due to coronavirus concerns

EA pulls out of GDC 2020 due to coronavirus concerns

Facebook Gaming and Sony pull out of GDC 2020 over coronavirus concerns

GDC 2020 will go ahead with heavy restrictions for Chinese companies

Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled due to "global concern" of coronavirus

Sony and Amazon cancel appearances at Mobile World Congress 2020