Geopipe's Providence, RI in Minecraft
If I had been writing this update a few weeks ago, it certainly would have started differently: I might have led with the days getting longer, all the travel we had been doing, our aggressive hiring, and so on. Now, we live in a changed world, with entire populations locked down or in danger of massive fatalities, where everyone is stressed, panicked, and glued to the news, and where support systems are overextended.
Our team started to distance two and a half weeks ago and switched to fully working from home on March 13th, and we've been watching with horror as this crisis unfolds. We're sure that "business as usual" is the last thing on your mind, and we hope you're taking the time to look after yourself and your mental and physical health, making sure your older friends and relatives have what they need, staying inside and practicing social distancing, and heeding professional guidance.
It has certainly been a time where business across most sectors has been upended: restaurants and retail shops are shut down or suffering, tourism and travel has dropped to near zero, and those introverts of us who have always loved working from home are seeing the majority of the white-collar workforce return to it or try it for the first time.
And suddenly, as everyone is working from home, they're inevitably thinking about virtual presence. While the immediate need is to hold meetings, we're already seeing demand accelerate for gaming (Valve's Steam service has repeatedly broken traffic records) and for digital twins.