The gaming world has come together to thank NHS workers in the best way possible – by showering them with free video games. UK gaming trade-body UKIE and the NHS have teamed up to create #GamesforCarers, which will see over 50 publishers offer free game codes to those working on the frontlines during the coronavirus crisis.
The initiative comes from video games writer Chris Scullion, who tweeted the following: “Last month I was talking about trying to get more free games sorted for NHS workers.
“I’m so happy to show you the result: #GamesforCarers, a collaboration with @uk_ie & @Keymailer that launches today at 9am with over 85,000 free games from 63 publishers.”
Some of the biggest publishers in the industry have welcomed the fantastic initiative, with names including EA, Konami, Jagex, Sega, Media Molecule, Xbox and Team17 all throwing their hats into the ring. Indie publishers including Wired Productions, Bossa Studio and Dovetail Games are also signed up.
Creative Industries Minister, Caroline Dinenage said in a statement: “Our amazing NHS staff are working hard on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus,
“It is brilliant to see the UK’s video games industry uniting to say thank you through this campaign. We have worked closely with games companies to help keep people safe and I am delighted the sector is continuing to support the NHS in such an innovative way.”
“The UK games industry has been proud to play its part in conveying these vital public health messages during this national emergency,” added Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie.
“Now our community has united again to say thank you to the truly extraordinary people who make up the NHS frontline team.”
If you’re an NHS worker claim your free game here using your official email address. Thank you for everything you do!
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