08:57 27th Mar, 2020
Gaming Networks Adjust to Growing Demand
With casual gaming on the rise, the networks are monitoring the situation to guard against any latency
The lock-downs caused by coronavirus pandemic has resulted in heavy internet usage across the world with telecom providers offering freebies and new packages to customers in order to plug them indoors. Amidst this trend, casual gaming appears to have become a major contributor to people’s online activities.
While internet service providers are doing their best to ensure that service remain unaffected, the gaming networks too are looking to provide a seamless experience to gamers who are engaging online like never before. The big names in this space have already announced that they are closely monitoring the situation and would keep things normal.
Sony CEO Jim Ryan took to his blog to reveal that PlayStation was doing what it could to address internet stability concerns. He told gamers in Europe that they could experience somewhat slower or delayed game downloads but could still enjoy robust gameplay.
“We believe it is important to do our part to address Internet stability concerns as an unprecedented number of people are practising social distancing and are becoming more reliant on Internet access,” Ryan said while pointing out that playing videogames enables players all over the world to connect with friends and family and enjoy much-needed entertainment during these uncertain times.
Meanwhile Engadget.com reported quoting a statement from Xbox product services corporate vice-president Dave McCarthy that the company was actively monitoring usage and making temporary adjustments as needed to ensure the smoothest possible experience for the gamers on its network.
During the lockdowns, video gaming has emerged as a go-to activity for people cooped up at home with experts even suggesting that taking time off to keep oneself entertained via some game would help preserve one’s sanity during the social distancing, especially if one were inclined to play multi-user games online.
A report published on CNN.com says that revisiting video games as a pastime could be a good way to keep oneself busy. "During this time of self-distancing, we can see a revisiting of video games as a pastime for some who have not had the affordance of time to engage with this rich medium," the article quotes Kristopher Alexander, a professor of video games: design, broadcasting, & e-sports infrastructure at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
"Video games can be a positive activity during this time of self-distancing if we can take the time to discover the types of games that are best for you,” he says.
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