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Microsoft, Bungie, Facebook and Google are asking employees to work remotely due to the coronavirus

Microsoft, Bungie, Facebook and Google are asking employees to work remotely due to the coronavirus

Both Microsoft and Bungie have asked their employees to work from home due to the coronavirus.

As revealed in a company blog post, Microsoft CDO Kurt DelBene has offered advice to all employees to lessen the risk of getting infected.

For employees that do not need to be in the office, it's recommended that staff in Seattle work from home. Globally, Delbene has recommended employees avoid travelling to Puget Sound and Bay Area campuses.

"Consistent with King County guidance, we are recommending all employees who are in a job that can be done from home should do so through March 25th," said DelBene.

"Taking these measures will ensure your safety and also make the workplace safer for those that need to be onsite."

Currently, two employees of Microsoft have contracted the coronavirus as reported by CNBC.

"Local health experts have determined that this individual had no known contact with other employees while infected and, based on that fact, there is no risk to those who work at LinkedIn from this case," said a LinkedIn spokesperson.

"We are doing everything we can to support our colleague and will continue to keep the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners as our top priority, working closely with public health officials globally."

Bungie has also taken steps for its employees to work from home. All employees around the world are now working remotely.

In a site update, the Destiny developer confirmed it had activated a remote work infrastructure for its employees. It allows all staff members to continue their work and keep in contact.

The company has designed its new policy in a way that will allow it to "react to rapid changes as news dictates."

"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," said Bungie.

"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 there is a possibility that this change could affect our patching cadence in the short term, we will be sure to keep players informed about those schedules as much as possible."

According to Reuters, both Facebook and Google have advised staff members in San Francisco to work from home due to epidemic concerns.

Facebook claimed it's "strongly recommending that all Bay area employees and contingent staff work from home starting Friday."

A company spokesperson - Anthony Harrison - told Reuters the decision was reached "based on the guidance from Santa Clara County on Thursday."

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has claimed the COVID-19 outbreak could lead to more and more companies having their staff work remotely.

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc upon the industry. Multiple companies have pulled out of various events. Last month, GDC 2020 was cancelled.

Despite Los Angeles entering a state of emergency, E3 is still set to go ahead. However, Iam8bit has pulled out of the event.


Staff Writer

Kayleigh is the Staff Writer for PocketGamer.biz. Besides PG and PCGI she has written as a guides writer, specialising in RPG's and horror.

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