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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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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.

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COVID-19 is the first major pandemic in the social media era — offering experts a rare opening to study the relationship between online misinformation and human behavior on a large scale.

Why it matters: As misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines runs rampant, researchers are trying to measure how much memes and messages with false information can alter someone's decision to get vaccinated.

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In a dramatic shift that comes amid fighting in the Gaza strip and clashes between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel, right-wing kingmaker Naftali Bennett has announced he will no longer seek an alternative government to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Why it matters: Bennett had been on the verge of a power-sharing deal with centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid that would have made him prime minister for two years until Lapid rotated into the job. Without Bennett, Lapid has no path to a majority, and Israel will almost certainly head for its fifth election since 2019 with Netanyahu still in his post.