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Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released in the U.S. last week, has quickly emerged as a runaway hit pastime for a population trapped in their homes.
The big picture: Success in the video game industry often requires not only a great story and gameplay, but perfect timing. Nintendo's cartoonish simulation game, which allows players to create their own island getaways, appears to have pulled off all three.
Driving the news: New Horizons sold close to 2 million physical copies in just the first three days in Japan after a smash debut in the U.K. It's already a hit in the U.S. as well, where it retails for $60 as either a physical game card or download.
How it works:
Of note: New Horizons, the fifth title in the main series, only runs on the Nintendo Switch.
What people are doing in Animal Crossing:
My thought bubble: This may not be the game for all time, but it is the game for right now — a mirror image of the summer of 2016, when Pokemon Go got everyone out of their houses to hunt creatures. Now, we're all cooped up, imagining we're free to roam our own desert isles.
Go deeper: This video gives a really good feel for the game and how it works.
Meanwhile: The new Animal Crossing isn't the only game with a big debut amid the pandemic. Doom Eternal, the latest title in the Doom franchise, which aims at hardcore shooter players, has also had a huge launch.
Online ticket resale firm StubHub confirmed on Wednesday that it had put a significant portion of its workforce on unpaid leave. Some 450 employees, two-thirds of StubHub's workforce, were affected, Business Insider reported.
The big picture: StubHub is just one of many tech companies whose business has dried up overnight because the coronavirus has decimated a wide swath of industries, from entertainment to travel to health and beauty.
What they're saying: A StubHub representative confirmed the move, but declined to say how many people were put on leave. "We continue to support our customers and partners and look forward to a time when we are able to return to the joy of live events and the special, human connections that come with them," the company said in a statement.
Context: The move comes as all the major professional and college sports leagues have come to a halt and half the country is sheltering in place in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
For those who had bought tickets for events that were canceled, StubHub has been offering customers a coupon worth 120% of the value of the ticket.
There are a few provisions for Silicon Valley in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that Congress about to pass, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Why it matters: Some startups are facing layoffs and shutdowns, and millions of gig economy workers and Airbnb hosts are being strained by the sudden shift in consumer behavior.
Startups: They may qualify for the $350 billion small business loans program that’s part of the package, aimed at companies with under 500 employees. But one hurdle will likely prevent most of them from doing so.
Gig economy: The bill provides two avenues for gig economy workers to get financial relief — small business loans and unemployment benefits.
Short-term rental hosts who rent out their properties via Airbnb and other marketplaces will also get a bit of relief.
Yes, but: Much of this is theoretical for now — the test will come when companies and individuals actually try to apply for these programs.
After a New York Times tweet on Wednesday suggested that those working from home leave their kids and pets out of work video conferences, Twitter erupted with rebukes.
Why it matters: Most of corporate America is adjusting to working from home right now, with many workers also managing kids who are home from school.
"As much as we love your children and pets, we may not want to see them in video calls," the New York Times' tech section said in the since-deleted tweet. "Here's a guide to proper Zoom etiquette."
Yes, but: Many feel these glimpses of humanity are a saving grace in the work-from-home era.
The Times eventually deleted the tweet, but not the story, which offers a variety of video conferencing etiquette notions.
What they're saying:
My thought bubble: Working parents have been performing this juggling act forever. It's good for their co-workers to see that, especially right now.
Well played, movie theater, well played.