Polish football star Lewandowski invests in video game company

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – DFB Cup – Final – Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich – Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany – July 4, 2020 Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their fourth goal, following the resumption of play behind closed doors after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Alexander Hassenstein/Pool via REUTERS

WARSAW (Reuters) – Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski has agreed to invest in a Polish company set up to produce sports-related video games, whose popularity has grown during the coronavirus lockdown.

Low labour costs, a young educated workforce and a gaming tradition rooted in the Communist era had helped to make Poland a leading video game exporter even before lockdown restrictions boosted the sector.

Movie Games (MOVP.WA) said on Thursday it had signed a contract with Polish footballer Lewandowski that will make him a shareholder in a company to be launched by September to develop sports

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Risk coronavirus or default: ride-hail drivers face tough choices as U.S. aid expires

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Uber driver Johan Nijman faces a difficult decision as federal unemployment aid expires: risk failing to pay for groceries and even lose his home, or resume driving and potentially catch COVID-19.

FILE PHOTO: Uber and Lyft signs are seen on a car in Redondo Beach, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Nijman is among thousands of Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc drivers across the United States choosing between physical and financial health risks as $600 in additional weekly unemployment assistance expire.

While drivers are not the only workers struggling, they are particularly vulnerable as their work puts them close to many strangers. Also, as independent contractors, they have none of the formal protection or benefits that employees enjoy.

“I never thought that after working so hard for so long that I would ever find myself in a situation where I had to ask for

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Don’t stand so close: Singapore trials automated drones to check

TEL AVIV/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Beware, Singaporeans standing too close, automated drones might be keeping an eye on you from above.

Singapore’s police have been trialling two pilotless drones developed by Israel’s Airobotics to help enforce social distancing measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.

The small machines weigh 10 kg (22 pounds) and are programmed to track anomalies such as gatherings and stream footage to the police.

The three-and-a-half-month trial, over an industrial estate in the west of the city, is the first time automated commercial drones have been approved to fly over a major metropolis, according to Airobotics.

“Specifically for COVID, what we are doing is helping them maintain normal operations,” CEO Ran Krauss told Reuters. “The pandemic created a situation where it might be difficult for police to maintain operations.”

Singapore government’s Home Team Science & Technology Agency (HTX) said it had trialled the drones with police.

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Tencent gets green light to publish Ring Fit Adventure in China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China gave tech giant Tencent Holdings the green light on Thursday to publish Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure and shooter game Call of Duty Mobile, strengthening the country’s biggest social media and video games company.

FILE PHOTO: People visit Tencent’s booth at the World 5G Exhibition in Beijing, China November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

The approval published by China’s National Press and Publication Administration on its website comes as game developers reap higher revenue while the novel coronavirus puts a dent in other entertainment options.

Game publishers in China need to have a license from content regulators so they can make money from the sale of virtual products in games such as weapons or avatars.

Tencent started selling the Switch gaming console in mainland China in December.

However, it only had approvals from authorities for three games before Thursday’s approval of the hugely popular home

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