Rockstar Games implements a work from home policy in response to COVID-19

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What you need to know

  • Rockstar Games is the company behind popular franchises like GTA and Red Dead Redemption.
  • In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, they're instating a new work from home policy.
  • The policy affects all of their international offices and studios, and started last week.
  • The company's operations should continue like normal, including online games and support teams.

It's no secret that the coronavirus has led to cancellations of events and work from home policies all over the world. It seems Rockstar Games, the developer of popular titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5 is also taking the same approach in an effort to keep their employees safe.

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The studio has been working for the past week to implement a remote work from home policy for their international offices and studios, so that employees can safely work without being in danger of contracting or spreading the coronavirus. According to Rockstar Games, disruption to their projects should be fairly minimal, with their remote policies letting employees continue their work pretty much like normal. That means online services for RDR2 and GTAV won't be interrupted, and Rockstar Games' support teams will also be fully functional.

This is turning into an expected move from a lot of companies, since it seems working from home causes little-to-no-difference in productivity as long as teams have ways of communicating and keeping in contact with each other. It remains to be seen how long Rockstar Games' work from home policy will remain in effect, but it should be at least until the threat from the coronavirus is, for the most part, behind us.

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