While most companies are using Zoom or Google Hangouts to conduct work from home meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, one Japanese company has taken the novel approach of holding its business meetings inside the video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The first three-man virtual meeting took place near the island’s town hall, utilizing the text chat feature to communicate each employee’s thoughts.
Somewhere in the middle, all the players took a short break for some relaxing fishing. Sea bass for lunch?
The meeting ended with each employee returning to their respective islands, bidding a formal goodbye to each other. All that’s missing was the polite Japanese bow, and this scenario would have been perfect.
Unfortunately, there may not be future Animal Crossing work meetings for the company.
One of the employees made a list of the game’s benefits and drawbacks as a telecommuting app, as reported in Japanese publication Livedoor.
- Fun to use
- Can’t send files/images.
- Can’t chat privately.
- Usernames are hard to remember.
- Can’t get any work done because the game is too distracting.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Nintendo‘s best-selling social simulation game. New Horizons has sold millions of physical and digital copies worldwide despite launching in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.