The global gaming industry urges players to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines; provides information and social connection

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WHAT

Operators in the vast global gaming sector have agreed today to disseminate key messages from the World Health Organization to help curb the spread of COVID-19. To promote the diffusion of these messages, 18 gaming industry leaders operating in the interactive entertainment branch launched the #PlayApartTogether initiative to urge the wide audience of users of their networks to follow the health guidelines outlined by the WHO, including physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and other effective preventive measures that people can take to combat COVID-19.

By offering special events, exclusive content, activities, awards and inspiration in some of the world's most popular games, #PlayApartTogether encourages users to observe best practices to protect their health and that of their families and communities in where they live. By embedding messages on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 in games, the industry is telling the world, "Wherever you are, whatever the game you are playing, you can make a difference." The program joined:

Activision Blizzard

Kabam

Snap Games

Amazon Appstore

Maysalward

Twitch

Big Fish Games

Playtika

Unity

Dirtybit

Pocket Gems

Wooga

Glu Mobile

Riot Games

YouTube Gaming

Jam City

SciPlay

Zynga

Follow the hashtag #PlayApartTogether on social media for detailed information and continuous updates.

Quotes from gaming industry partners participating in the #PlayApartTogether initiative:

Activision Blizzard - Bobby Kotick, CEO
“Ensuring that people stay connected to each other safely is now more important than ever. Gaming is the perfect platform because it connects people in a positive, relevant and significant way. We are proud to participate in such a useful and necessary initiative. "

Big Fish Games - Jeff Karp, President and CEO
“At this moment, perhaps more than any other moment before, solidarity in the common struggle against COVID-19 plays a crucial role. Together with our global community of game makers and under the technical guidance of the World Health Organization, we hope to reach millions of players through all our games with the #PlayApartTogether campaign. Through games such as Cooking Craze, Gummy Drop, Decurse and Fairway Solitaire we can spread the important messages for WHO safety by letting members of our community know that they are not alone. We are all in the same boat, although separate. "

Dirtybit - Anette Staloy, Vice President, Commercial Affairs and Marketing
“Our mission is to allow people to create unforgettable moments together and our main goal has always been to create social gaming experiences. Our players around the world are sharing moving stories by explaining how important it is for them to be able to connect and keep in touch with friends and family through our Fun Run games. We are grateful for the opportunity to join the #PlayApartTogether initiative to help encourage people to follow the guidelines of WHO and local health organizations. "

Glu Mobile - Nick Earl, President and CEO
“Games have the power not only to entertain people, but also to bring them closer in difficult times. We are proud to join forces with the gaming industry in support of the efforts of the World Health Organization by encouraging the global gamer community to play together remotely (#PlayApartTogether). Through the numerous titles in its portfolio, Glu is actively asking players to follow the guidelines of WHO and those of local health organizations to protect the safety and health of their families and the communities in which they reside. "

Jam City - Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO
“Jam City knows that many are seeking refuge in the games to relieve stress and find some joy in this moment of danger. As a game maker with tens of millions of players, we urge everyone to play together remotely (#PlayApartTogether) to flatten the curve and end COVID-19. "

Kabam - Tim Fields, CEO
“Kabam entertains the whole world. And in difficult times the role of entertainers becomes more important than ever. Kabam supports the #PlayTogetherApart initiative. By listening to the wise guidelines of the World Health Organization, we can ease the burden on health professionals and save lives. There is no better time than this to resume playing your favorite games or discover new ones! You can become heroes by playing with your friends, together but at a distance. "

Maysalward - Nour Khrais, founder and CEO
“Each of us must contribute to the fight against this pandemic and to limit its spread. Staying at home is an important way of protecting ourselves and society from this danger. At Maysalward we are determined to fight the spread, so we decided to join #PlayApartTogether and launch new games with more online gameplay capabilities. Stay indoors. Stay safe. "

Playtika - Robert Antokol, CEO
“At Playtika we believe that play is an integral part of life, even in the most difficult moments. We are proud to spread the messages of the World Health Organization and to join this coalition of leaders in the gaming sector in support of the #PlayApartTogether campaign. As part of this important response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Playtika is keenly committed to helping people around the world stay safe and connected. "

Pocket Gems - Ben Liu, CEO
“Gaming can provide the entertainment you need while promoting the connection. In this difficult time, Pocket Gems is supporting the #PlayApartTogether campaign together with other developers to amplify the fundamental messages of the WHO. We hope players enjoy the additional content and exclusive incentives in our mobile games like Episode and War Dragons as well as important reminders from the World Health Organization. ”

Riot Games - Nicolo Laurent, CEO
“Physical distancing should not mean social isolation! Let's keep away physically - and observe other health measures like hand hygiene - to help flatten the curve, and let's play together at a distance (#PlayApartTogether) to overcome this crisis. For Rioters, gaming is more than just playing; it is an existential direction with a reason for being. And now, for the billions of gamers around the world, gaming can help lead us in the right direction to save lives. Let's fight together to win the boss fight 'COVID-19. "

SciPlay - Josh Wilson, CEO
“What motivates us all at SciPlay is the joy our games bring to the global community. In this difficult time, we all need to come together to fight the virus and flatten the contagion curve. #playTOGETHER, or playing together, is one of the fundamental principles on which every single action we take to make our players happy rests. We are honored to be able to live up to this principle by joining the #PlayApartTogether initiative, in which we firmly believe, and by amplifying the life-saving messages of the World Health Organization. So, let's play together remotely (#PlayApartTogether) to protect health, both emotionally and physically! "

Snap - Will Wu, Head of Snap Games
“It is extremely important that young people take seriously the importance of staying at home as they play a key role in stopping the spread. Snap Games has always been a way for Snapchatters to connect and play with their friends even if they are distant, so we are playing the game and supporting the #PlayApartTogether initiative. We intend to help Snapchatters stay home by offering new games and creative tools that raise awareness so that members of our community can protect themselves, their loved ones and the general public. "

Twitch - Michael Aragon, Senior Vice President, Content
“Games play a vital role in bringing together members of the Twitch community every single day. The #PlayApartTogether initiative reminds us that even in times when keeping away from each other is essential, we can continue to have fun playing the games we love and stay connected with people online. We are delighted to be able to spread WHO messages alongside the other members of the initiative to continue providing a place where people can come together, play and create a sense of community. "

Unity Technologies - John Riccitiello, CEO
“At Unity we believe that the more game creators and players there are, the more the world becomes a better place. #PlayApartTogether can spur players to protect themselves and their families while playing their favorite titles with their friends on the internet or making their first game through our encoding initiatives which are now accessible to everyone completely free of charge . We take with great enthusiasm the opportunity to collaborate with the global gaming sector to do our part as global citizens to flatten the curve. "

YouTube - Ryan Wyatt, Global Director, Gaming
“For 15 years YouTube has been a community where people do things on their own but together through #withme videos. Now, however, staying at home (#StayHome) and playing together remotely (#PlayApartTogether) is more important than ever. The virtual interactions of the creators with their fans and other game creators on the other side of the world via live streaming gave birth to some of the moments with the strongest impact on YouTube. Players know how to unite, even when they are far from each other, so let's stay safe right now and do our part as a sector to flatten the curve. "

Zynga - Bernard Kim, President, Publishing
“Zynga's mission has always been to connect the world through games and now, in the face of this global emergency, this has acquired a new dimension. It is an honor for us to be able to support the important efforts implemented by the World Health Organization and to provide our players with a support network in this period of physical distancing. The #PlayApartTogether initiative promotes positivity and community spirit by strengthening our rigor in respecting the urgent measures implemented at the moment. "

Editor's Note:

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