Bungie And Microsoft Staff Working From Home To Prevent Coronavirus

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In response to the growing fears surrounding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, where gaming events like GDC 2020 have been cancelled, developers such as Microsoft and Bungie have made the decision to allow their employees to work from home.

In a blog post update, Bungie revealed that they’ve been monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and in response they’ve rapidly created an infrastructure that’ll allow their employees from across the globe to work from home without disrupting the overall workflow.

The developer said: “Today, we have activated this fully remote work infrastructure and policy for all Bungie employees across the globe, with the goals of prioritizing the safety of our employees and continuing to develop and deliver on a game we love for our community.

“To accompany this policy we have rolled out technical solutions for all employees to be able to maintain communication with one another, as well as to continue working on development and maintaining game-critical functions while working remotely. Our goal is to continue crafting the ever-evolving Destiny universe, while making those behind-the-scenes efforts to keep everything running smoothly invisible to our fans.”

While Bungie note that patches and updates might slow down in the short term, they’ve reassured fans that the upcoming Season of the Worthy event, along with Trials of Osiris, are scheduled to launch on March 10th and March 13th respectively. Once the main threat of the virus has subsided and everything has blown over, Bungie will begin to reintegrate employees back into their offices.

Microsoft has also asked employees of both their Seattle and San Francisco offices to work from home until March 25th. Bungie are also located in Seattle, which currently has the highest mortality rate in the US with 10 reported deaths so far. It’s good to see both companies take the health and safety of their employees so seriously, and fingers crossed that everything will be back to normal in the coming weeks.

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