During the coronavirus pandemic two Spanish footballers canceled their match in the Tournament, a simulated stadium-based crowd was watched online.
Last week’s massive internet audience was a result of a stunning surge in the video gaming business, when large numbers flocked to online platforms to relax, amuse and make friends with the’ real world.’
The winning goal was set by Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias in 6-5 against Sevilla, which is broadcast through the popular Twitch video game streaming network, using his own digital likeness.
The first derby took place at the same time until the first tournament in Spain was delayed as part of isolation efforts, which saw the 46 million inhabitants of the world effectively contained in their homes.
“We are all participating in all this so that you can experience this crisis at home, as much as possible,” the televised host told the 60,000 viewers.
Almost every country in the world has recorded cases of COVID-19 outbreak, despite frightful attempts to control the disease which have forced some of the world’s largest cities to almost fully shut down.
To many people who are dealing with constraints on travel, canceling countless civic events and an unceasing blowing up on headlines about the pandemic, video gaming was a welcome relief.
Yang An, who was quarantined in China for two weeks, after returning home from her own hometown to Shanghai last month, says, “He made me feel less sad about being in a short place for a long time. She said AFP spent the day playing on her Nintendo switch portable console for up to eight hours a day.
In view of rising competition, Internet providers have struggled to expand their networks. The U.S. telco has only recently said that the gaming load in Verizon’s network has shot up 75 percent “unprecedented.” Also, software companies rushed to host a record number of users.
The Wild West-theme developer, Rockstar Games, vowed gamers to seamlessly keep its online servers going, despite asking its regional employees to operate from home. The adventure “Red Dead Salvation” The organization has already carried out an analysis of extra measures to keep the home-based players hooked to their controllers.
“In the aftermath of the pandemic, online gaming groups could go some distance to create the missing public space,” says Christian McCrea, a lecturer for media studies at RMIT University of Australia.
He pointed out that Pokemon Go–a mobile app that became a worldwide sensation in 2016 when it reached millions on the streets for a virtual monster chase–was updated this month by the maker to make a play at home easier for users.