Gone are the days of being criticised for staying in your room all day and playing video games. As a matter of fact, the World Health Organisation recommends it now more than ever.
WHO recently launched a campaign called ‘#Play Apart Together’ in which they encourage people to connect with each other by playing video games as a safe social activity while at the same time, flattening that pesky curve.
A number of gaming industry leaders have joined this campaign, some of which include big names like Activision Blizzard, Pocket Gems, Riot games, Amazon appstore, Twitch, and YouTube Gaming.
#PlayApartTogether encourages gamers to follow the WHO’s heath guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette (Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing) and droplet precautions.
According to BusinessWire, gaming developers will incorporate COVID-19 self-protections messages into their games as a way of letting the world know “Wherever you are, whatever game you play, you can make a difference.”
Activision Blizzard CEO- Bobby Kotick, had this to say about the campaign “It’s never been more critical to ensure people stay safely connected to one another. Games are the perfect platform because they connect people through the lens of joy, purpose and meaning. We are proud to participate in such a worthwhile and necessary initiative.”
We are proud to partner with @WHO and encourage all our players to #PlayApartTogether. Be sure to follow all health and safety guidelines to combat COVID-19 at https://t.co/TJk9WEdV7X pic.twitter.com/sOIDYaivhz
— Activision (@Activision) March 29, 2020
We’re joining @WHO and game studios around the world to #PlayApartTogether to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Games are a unique way to stay connected with friends and family, even if we can’t be together physically. pic.twitter.com/MorVdfHc9H
— Riot Games (@riotgames) March 28, 2020
We’re helping #PlayApartTogether with our friends across the industry! ♥🎮
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— Life at Ubisoft (@LifeatUbisoft) March 31, 2020