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The Crash Bandicoot creator who now runs Facebook's gaming operation reflects on a tough 2020: 'It's hard to say there have been many upsides.'

The Crash Bandicoot creator who now runs Facebook's gaming operation reflects on a tough 2020: 'It's hard to say there have been many upsides.'

Jason Rubin, Facebook's VP of special gaming initiatives
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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the gaming industry around the world.




Insider sat down with Facebook gaming chief Jason Rubin to reflect on a tought 2020.




"It's hard to say there have been many upsides to the past year," said Rubin.




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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit industries of all stripes around the world, and gaming is no expection. Esports tournaments have been canceled and hardware production has been scaled back, but game sales themselves have spiked intermittently due to stay-at-home orders in different nations. For Jason Rubin, the Crash Bandicoot creator turned Facebook VP of special gaming initiatives, it's all about trying to find the silver linings in an otherwise "horrible period of time." "I keep telling my seven-year-old she'll remember these times and tell her own kids and grandkids about it," he said, speaking from his California residence. "She hasn't seen her friends in months or been to class. It's been really hard."
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