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Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

More game developers have had projects delayed than in past years due to COVID-19, according to a recent state of the industry survey from Game Developer Conference organizers.

Why it matters: Delays are an inevitable part of development, but there's been a noticeable jump since pandemic's arrival. According to GDC's findings, 44 percent of the over 3,000 respondents polled said their games have been subject to delays. Compare that to last year's responses at 33 percent.

What they're saying: The impact of working from home ranges from lost collaboration opportunities, to the added pressures of childcare.

  • "We have lost months due to not being able to travel, work in person, and work together more collaboratively," one respondent said.
  • “COVID basically disrupted our communications and work rhythm.”
  • “Often interrupted by children.”

Between the lines: Working from home hasn't been all bad. Roughly 66 percent of respondents said that they've actually managed to stay equally or more productive since Covid-19 sent everyone inside.

The bottom line: 2021's release schedule has been steadily shrinking as studios have pushed like "Hogwarts Legacy," "Far Cry 6," and "Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga" past their original windows. It's doubtful we've seen the end of delays this year.

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Apr 27, 2021 - World

Poll: In Biden's first 100 days, positive global views of U.S. rise — except in China

Reproduced from Morning Consult; Note: Margin of error ranges from 1-3% by country; Chart: Axios Visuals

Between Jan. 20 and April 25, the percentage of respondents expressing favorable views of the U.S. rose in 13 out of 14 countries polled, according to a new survey by Morning Consult.

Driving the news: China was the only country where positive views of the U.S. decreased among respondents.

Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."

Stephen Breyer formally announces retirement from Supreme Court

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden formally announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court.

State of play: Breyer said his retirement will take effect when the court "rises for the summer recess (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed."