Gamers, rejoice. A new campaign from 18 gaming industry-leaders is promoting World Health Organization advice to stay indoors and slow the spread of coronavirus, with some even incorporating official advice into gameplay.
Sitting indoors and playing the best video game consoles for prolonged periods of time has long been discouraged by healthcare professionals, but in the bizarre times we are currently living in, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, is actively encouraging people to stay indoors and play video games to 'beat the coronavirus'.
In a statement, the WHO described #PlayApartTogether as 'an initiative to inform and encourage users to follow the WHO's important health guidelines – including physical distancing, hand hygiene and other powerful preventive actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.'
Thank you @RaymondChambers for mobilizing the gaming industry to feature @WHO advice on #COVID19 to their users. We all must #PlayApartTogether to beat the #coronavirus.https://t.co/jJNsjuHlBnMarch 28, 2020
Among those promoting the #PlayApartTogether campaign is Twitch and YouTube Gaming. Leaders from across the gaming industry, including Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, Unity, Kabam, Maysalward, Big Fish Games, Playtika, and SciPlay are also getting involved.
In a tweet, Riot Games also said 'games are a unique way to stay connected with friends and family, even if we can't be together physically', with CEO Nicolo Laurent adding "For billions of players around the world, playing games could help the pursuit of saving lives."
CEO @niiicolo shared the following about the #PlayApartTogether campaign: pic.twitter.com/5jn90AucImMarch 28, 2020
It's of paramount importance that people stay inside and practice social distancing, but that shouldn't come at the expense of social interaction. With the internet making us more interconnected than ever before, software such as Netflix Party, which lets you stream from one of the best movie and TV streaming sites with friends, is enabling people to overcome physical barriers to beat loneliness. Video gaming is another excellent way to bring people together, and can prove an excellent distraction from the troubling times we live in.
Healthcare officials have recently warned that not enough people are following exercise guidelines, but fitness industry experts such as Fitbit are also launching free subscriptions and sharing free at-home workouts to help people stay fit and healthy without leaving home.