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Lockdown and Loaded: Coronavirus Triggers Video Game Boost

Two of the biggest names in video gaming have seen demand jump as virus lockdowns force people to stay at home. The makers of popular games Call of Duty (CoD) and Fifa say player numbers have soared during the pandemic. That's boosted the financial performance at Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts for the first three months of this year. The gaming industry has seen sales hit records in recent weeks as more people turn to their entertainment services.

Activision Blizzard, the company behind the CoD series, said an average of 407 million people had played its games online each month in the first quarter of this year. Meanwhile, the latest CoD game 'Warzone' has racked up more than 60 million players since its launch in March. The company also said use of its Overwatch and World of Warcraft games had continued to climb, and the smartphone game Candy Crush has held its place as the highest-grossing franchise in American app stores. That helped push Activision Blizzard's net revenues from digital channels to $1.44bn (£1.16bn). Read More...