This article is part of “Code COVID” a series on how the gaming and esports industry is responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
With the serious impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus worldwide, everyone is doing their best to fight the disease and lend a helping hand. The video game and esports industries are no exception to this.
Here’s a closer look at how some gaming and esports brands, companies, and personalities have been going above and beyond to help combat the pandemic.
Razer converts manufacturing lines to produce masks
Last month Razer CEO, Min Liang Tan, announced that the gaming peripheral brand would be converting some of its manufacturing lines to produce masks. They plan to make up to one million pieces of surgical masks to be distributed to different health institutions worldwide.
Just this week the team dropped off their first batch at the National Center of Social Services in Singapore.
Team Liquid holds a week-long charity stream
Their initial goal was US$50,000 but with the overwhelming support of fans and everyone who wanted to help against COVID-19, Team Liquid went over their goal by US$27,000.
Professional players Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen (League of Legends), Jake “Stewie” Yip (CS:GO), and Dario “TLO” Wünsch (Starcraft II) were just some of the participants of the fundraiser, which ran from March 21 – 29.
Esports pros donate to COVID-19 charities
Some of the biggest names in the esports industry have donated a large part of their earnings for COVID-19 relief causes.
LoL Korean superstar, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, made a personal donation of ₩30 million (~US$25,000) to the non-profit organization Community Chest of Korea. His organization T1 also raised cash donations through a relay stream featuring different T1 players.
Another Korean LoL pro player, Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong, made a generous donation of ₩5 million (US$4, 100) to the victims of the disease. The Gen.G mid laner made the contribution just days before his birthday on March 1.
Fortnite celebrity Tyler “Ninja” Blevins made the biggest donation so far in the esports scene with US$150,000. Ninja and his wife made a pledge to Feeding America’s COVID-19 response fund to provide meals for out-of-school children and their families.
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- Blizzard is doubling XP in World of Warcraft to keep people indoors
Plague Inc. developers work with WHO
The team has partnered up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to help spread pandemic awareness by letting players “save the world from a deadly disease outbreak” in a new game mode for the popular game.
Existing Plague Inc. owners will get to experience the new game mode soon in a free update.
Discord expands its live streaming services
The live streaming and screen share limit have increased from 10 to 50 people, making Discord perfect for business meetings or just for hanging out with your friends when you can’t see them in real life.