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Over 85,000 Games Being Given Away To NHS Workers Fighting Coronavirus

Over 85,000 Games Being Given Away To NHS Workers Fighting Coronavirus

Thank you.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

We're living in a weird, scary time. Most of us are currently holed up indoors waiting for this crisis to pass, occasionally complaining that we're bored or that we miss the pub. But there are NHS workers who are still heading to frontline every day and risking their lives and health to treat patients and battle the coronavirus.

Of course, the UK has been working to show its appreciation for these wonderful people in all sorts of ways. I've seen cafes and takeouts near me offering free food to essential workers, and there are the weekly rounds of applause to mark how proud we are of our NHS. Just yesterday, we also observed a minute's silence to honour the carers and workers who've died as a result of the virus.

Now, the UK games industry has come together to try and make life even a little bit easier for the hardworking members of NHS. Games For Carers is a wonderful new initiative that's worked with companies around the country to collect over 85,000 games that will be given away to anyone with an NHS email address.

A press release reads:

"Over the past three weeks the games industry has united to include the government's 'Stay Home, Save Lives' messaging within highly popular video games, as well as speaking directly to players across the country through social media. Now, Games for Carers has been launched to provide frontline staff with a free game or game subscription to unwind with - either for when they get some well-earned down time, or to provide relief for their families."

To see what games are on offer and take your pick, simply head to and enter your email address. The initiative is being backed by the likes of EA, Codemasters, Konami, Jagex, Sega, Media Molecule, Xbox and Team17, as well as indie studios like Studio Zaum, SFB Games, Wired Productions, Bossa Studio and Dovetail Games. There should be a little something for everyone.

"Our amazing NHS staff are working hard on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus," said Creative Industries Minister, Caroline Dinenage.

"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."

"Games companies of all sizes and players everywhere recognise their exceptional dedication and hope this initiative goes some way to help them to understand how respected and valued they are."

Featured Image Credit: Sony/ThanksamillionNHS