Whether you believe it or not, COVID-19 has had a major impact on the entire world young and old. While many games have been delayed due to COVID-19, like Far Cry 6 and Cyberpunk 2077, there is a lot more to this virus than video game delays. Many organizations and first responders are working day and night looking for a cure or tending to the sick while dodging the virus themselves. Eve Online players have raised money to support the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS) via the PLEX for GOOD charity.
PLEX for GOOD is operated by CCP Games on behalf of EVE Online players that have previously raised $197,454 in February for Australian bushfire relief efforts through in-game currency PLEX. This charity allows gamers to donate in-game currency to causes like those mentioned above, where gamers may not have the financial means to do so.
From the press release:
Money raised will go directly to the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate the global relief effort for COVID-19, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. It will also help the WHO to ensure that all countries – especially those with the weakest health systems – are prepared, as well as supporting their work to understand the virus, to ensure frontline workers get essential supplies and information, and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.
Donations were also made to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS), the prestigious policy think-tank which works to protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters, ensuring that communities remain resilient to major challenges, such as COVID-19. Their research focuses on improving organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks, whilst advancing policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases and a continued risk of pandemic flu.
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